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Jaina ([personal profile] effervescible) wrote2007-04-26 09:48 am
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Some of my favorite people are bitches, but this is ridiculous

Okay, I have a question. Have any of you ever liked the sound of a song and felt torn because you despise the lyrics? I'm feeling that now. I've only heard it a couple of times on the radio, but I was digging the groove of Avril Lavigne's new single, "Girlfriend." (STFU, I know she's a poser, I happen to like poser music as well as stuff by really talented people. I also eat Taco Bell AND deliciously authentic Mexican food. You can have both.)

Then I saw the video last night while treadmilling at the gym, and I started paying attention to the lyrics. Close-captioning is so handy that way. Lyrics are here, but have an excerpt:

Don’t you know what I could do to make you feel alright?
Don’t pretend I think you know I’m damn precious
And Hell Yeah
I’m the motherfucking princess
I can tell you like me too and you know I’m right

These aren't that bad on their own. Spoiled and obnoxious, sure, but it's the video which really pisses me off. I suppose it's possible I didn't glance up for the first few seconds of it at the girlfriend in question killed Avril's puppy or something, but as far as I can tell, the plotty part of the video is about Avril and her friends being horrible, horrible bitches to this girl who did nothing to them. She gets hit by a mini-golf ball, falls into a pond full of sludge, and gets tricked into slamming into a port-a-potty which then falls over. The video ends with Avril congratulating herself for being such a cunt and wriggling on her boy, who I guess just abandons his unfortunate girlfriend.

What the fuck?! Look, I realize pop music is not exactly something you listen to to find role models, but since when did being a total bitch for some guy's holy cock become such a great thing? This song is basically a less skanky version of that Dontcha. Ugh, I fucking hate it. The girls in the video were SO obnoxious that I seriously thought it might be a parody until the end.

The worst part is I still really like the sound of the song. But fuck you, Avril, you're not getting a fucking dime from me for it.

[identity profile] kumagoro-usagi.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah I mentioned this some weeks ago on my LJ. It's such a bunch of rubbish yet it's catchy which makes it worse. The message giving out to young teens is completely wrong (I can still talk seeing I'm somewhat still in my teens although it's late).

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:25 pm (UTC)(link)
The thing that annoys me even more is that Avril is not a teenager anymore. She is a grown-ass married woman. I realize she plays different roles in her songs and videos, but HONESTLY. Grow out of the catty bitch bullshit already.

[identity profile] kumagoro-usagi.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I feel the same way. She's 22 for Chicken's sakes why one earth hasn't her music matured at all?:/

[identity profile] mistressrenet.livejournal.com 2007-04-27 02:38 am (UTC)(link)
octopedingenue: (yaone omg wtf eep)

[personal profile] octopedingenue 2007-04-26 02:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I love madly the first version of the 2-part song No by Namie Amuro. Part 1 is technopop "fuck you, playerboy, I'm-a go dance by my hot self" awesome! And then there is Part 2, which haunts me by its intertwined existence, because it is pretty and croonable and makes my soul bleed with its chorus:

When I say to you NO NO NO
You know I’m really thinkin’ YES YES YES
I don’t wanna say NO NO NO
Want you to make me say YES YES YES

J-Pop! The perfect soundtrack for your next date rape!

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, Japan.

[identity profile] nothingjerk.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm not an Avril fan, but I have seen the video in question and I just wanted to note, Avril is not just the BF stealing bitch, but she is also the Girlfriend,

Brunette = Mischievous Avril
Red Head = Stuck up Girlfriend Avril
Blonde = Narrator Avril

Perhaps this is a commentary in that all women are capable of being both the victim and the perpetrator of boy stealing.

I spent too much time studying Communications in college :-/

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:44 pm (UTC)(link)
I was kinda wondering about that, but still, I don't think it makes much difference. The her playing the different roles isn't really played up enough for any satire to be apparent.

Also, why does someone HAVE to be the victim? Why does the guy have to be led by his dick instead of sticking with his girl?

[identity profile] nothingjerk.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Becuase its pop music. Pop music is filled with simple stories.
Women sing about men being dogs all the time, its basically a standard archetype. Nobody wants to hear a song about people being happy and getting along thats just boring. People wanna listen to heartbreak and spite.

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:14 pm (UTC)(link)
They can listen to heartbreak and spite without being fucking STUPID heartbreak and spite. Um. Somehow.

[identity profile] nothingjerk.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:24 pm (UTC)(link)
People can, it just takes talent. Talent which the likes of Avril and the Pussycat dolls dont have

[identity profile] jmcgarry.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Its very likely about Paris Hilton who Avril's hubby had dated before meeting her. Please do not ask me why I know this.

[identity profile] tigerlilyaj.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Why shouldn't she ask when the answer is simple? You are married to me, and this is MY theory. You are so bad with credit.

But yes, the video gives redhead!Avril only the sin of dressing preppily/conservatively as excuse to go all Mean Girls on her.

[identity profile] jmcgarry.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Credit? It is not a positive to know such information.

[identity profile] tigerlilyaj.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
So says you. ::eyeroll:: And it can't be that bad as you just publicly admitted to having said info. :-P

[identity profile] jmcgarry.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, but with shame... with shame. :-)

[identity profile] tigerlilyaj.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, right, as usual decrying all the valuable things I bring to the relationship.

[identity profile] mistressrenet.livejournal.com 2007-04-27 02:41 am (UTC)(link)
Well, dressing conservatively doesn't = Paris....

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
....wow. You know, I'm all for making fun of Paris Hilton, but that's still pretty pathetic. These people are supposed to be adults?

[identity profile] nothingjerk.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)

since when are these people adults?
They make Steve Carell on the Office look mature.

Have you ever watch E!?

[identity profile] tigerlilyaj.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Wait, are we still talking about Paris and Avril, or me and my OLD man? ;-D

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:19 pm (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] babezilla1.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:04 pm (UTC)(link)
You like "Girlfriend" AND Taco Bell?
Marry me.
Or be my new mama. Whichever seems better to you.

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:08 pm (UTC)(link)
If you share some of your car toys, we're on in 16 years.

[identity profile] babezilla1.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:18 pm (UTC)(link)
You drive a hard bargain. I'll have my lawyers call yours.

[identity profile] emiweebee.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I pass judgment on song writers if I can predict their rhyme, because therefore it is cliche.

That said, the new Avril song...er...yeah, the lyrics are atrocious, and the video makes me want to pull her hair. She's crossing genres in a way that...doesn't make any sense. Poppunk, that she's doing now, is generally all happy yay! And being all "Hi! I'm the twattiest twat in twatville!" is not poppunk.

And yeah, I love that she arbitrarily hates the girlfriend, when the only thing she's done is a) date a boy she likes and b) is a prep...and this from a girl who, when not making music, drips Chanel.

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:10 pm (UTC)(link)
It's bullshit all around. See, THIS is why I like j-pop, because even if the lyrics are stupid as hell, I don't understand them and can just enjoy the music.

[identity profile] lilydale.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm just glad the song title and lyrics are all correctly spelled. (I'm looking at you, Sk8er Boi.)

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:21 pm (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] lilydale.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry, I'm just a sk8er girl and don't know better.

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Give me some Take the Cake and you're forgiven.

[identity profile] lilydale.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Deal. Handing over some Take the Cake is a true olive branch.

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh thank god. I can't find anymore around here AND I NEED IT.

[identity profile] scathachdhu.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 03:59 pm (UTC)(link)
That's part of my whole current love/hate thing with mainstream hip hop. I'd been thinking about posting a rant on it for a while now. Your post is another reminder I need to get on that.

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 04:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Go for it! I love a good rant, even when it makes my head explode.

[identity profile] zarahemla.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Like I told Annakovsky, if my man wants to go for some faux-goth girl who uses phrases like, "She's like, so whatever," they deserve each other like Heathcliffe and Catherine, and good riddance to both of them.

[identity profile] jmcgarry.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
/me hums "Wuthering Heights", ah Kate.

[identity profile] zarahemla.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, now that's a song worthy of discussion :)

[identity profile] marionette71088.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 06:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I used to love Avril when she first came out (and I was like, thirteen)...yeah, I was surprised (not pleasantly) when I heard that song was by her. This is even more preteen-tart-ish than when she was a teenager.

I agree on the J/foreign-pop - even if the lyric is trash, you wouldn't know; except the Japanese loves to butcher English way too much...

[identity profile] roserevolution.livejournal.com 2007-04-26 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I too love the catchiness of this song, but I'm glad that I haven't seen the video. I will obnoxiously sing along to the chorus. I say it's pop music, don't stress too much.

I love some of the Anna Tsuchiya as Nana lyrics, they're awesomely terrible.

[identity profile] marionette71088.livejournal.com 2007-04-30 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
I think I wouldn't love Lucy as much if I realize that she was singing in English. And I remember me and my friend replayed the part of that one Bleach theme where they sing "you and me, two are spoken (WTF?)" to make sure that's what they are singing, because you really couldn't tell.

I'm sorry but as a fellow Asian, I detest how incorporating random broken English in your everyday speech is considered cool.

[identity profile] halevy.livejournal.com 2007-05-03 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
I still look for that in their lyrics (UVERworld's song) because "you and me, two are spoken" is not even written anywhere (http://www.cherryblossom-garden.com/5/uverworld1.html#dtecnolife). I think we all misheard it. XD;;

Mika Nakashima FTW.

in ur journal, readin ur entries

[identity profile] halevy.livejournal.com 2007-05-03 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
Oh wow. I think my IQ may have dropped reading those lyrics. I had no idea she was just being a plain bitch in the song.

But Avril's married. What's she got to whine about?

Re: in ur journal, readin ur entries

[identity profile] jaina.livejournal.com 2007-05-03 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
This is something I would've expected to see on her first album. Just lame all around. Go boff your husband and stop setting a bad example, Avril.