Saturday, September 09, 2006

Fine, Take Away My Feminist Card Forever, I Don't Care

But damn, I can't STAND Ani DiFranco. I admire her business practices, I like most of what she stands for, I think, but the music?--Please for the love of all that's holy turn that shit OFF.

Is there a person you're expected to love whom you don't?


Betty Cracker said...

I have an even more heretical anecdote: my lesbian sister secretly loathes the music of Melissa Etheridge. My sister says Melissa sings like she's "cranking a loaf." I agree, but as a straight woman, I am not expected to attend ME concerts and own her collected works.

belledame222 said...

I've never really been more than indifferent to Ani DiFranco either; can't remember a single tune. Etheridge I can take in small doses, but yeah: the singing style does get old.

and Tori Amos, by and large, gives me hives. although once in a blue moon, i suppose.

Sage said...

I LOVE Ani!!! Love, love, love her. I don't care if you can't see the beauty of her music, just so long as we don't have to share digs for more than a week or so.

But, I'm a big-time folky type (neo-hippy) who hates Bob Dylan. The up/down intonation of his singing makes me want to fill my ears with hemp seeds. Nice songs, I guess, if they were sung by somebody else. (Same with Leonard Cohen, but I don't feel so alone on that one.)

Susan B. said...

Well, for me, it's not a particular artist but rather an entire genre. I think most CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) is derivative crap. There are a few exceptions, of course. But as a whole, I just don't care for CCM at all.

Lesley said...

You mean that as a feminist, I'm supposed to love Ani DiFranco? Crap, why doesn't anyone tell me these things. So not only am I clearly not getting the super-secret mass feminist mind control mailings, but I hate Ani DiFranco's music!

Oh well. I guess I better start writing about how Teh Feminists have ruined everything for decent people everywhere! Where people = men, you know, because, well... Oh, never mind. I can't even fake it.

I think that as an executive in corporate America, there's all kinds of music I'm supposed to love, but don't. Billy Joel. Bruce Springsteen. Aaaaahh, make the pain stop!

ilyka said...

My sister says Melissa sings like she's "cranking a loaf."

This may be the first time I've ever thought of Etheridge and Michael Bolton having something in common.

Auguste said...

I second susan b.'s distaste for CCM. When I was in college working at the christian-only campus station, we did everything we possibly could to get out of the requirement.

We must have played Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" and Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" hundreds of times over my two years at the station. Not to mention the Indigo Girls - until the program manager found out they were lesbians. Sigh.

I'm also, probably unique to this comment thread, expected (by nonliberals, anyway) to worship at the feet of Hillary Clinton.

belledame222 said...

hey, not by me you're not.

and, well, -sigh- about Station Manager; in general i am kind of "eh" about Indigo Girls.

i suppose they wouldn't have been too keen on Bikini Kill..

yeah, Bob Dylan annoys the crap out of me also.

Chris Clarke said...

I can turn your question inside out: I am expected to hate CCM, but I don't hate Julie Miller.

People I'm expected to love but don't: The aforementioned Leonard Cohen. Sufjan. Dr. Who. (The fictional character and the series.) Julia Butterfly. Helen Caldicott. Post-Blood On The Tracks/Desire Dylan.

Chris Clarke said...

Oh, yeah: Holly Near.

Darleen said...

you know, I opted out of the music wars back in the day of "Disco Sucks" bumperstickers.

I like what I like because it surprises me or makes me smile or makes me weepy or makes me horny or just has such a good beat I dance around the house to it.

Well, Mr. Clarke, I'll give it a 85

And that includes movie scores, too.

ilyka said...

This wasn't intended to start no music wars. More a confessional thing.

Dr. Who (The fictional character and the series.)

Ohhhhh yes. "But you like British television!" "Yes, but not Dr. Who." "But you like science fiction!" "Yes, but not Dr. Who." "And you call yourself a geek! Hmmpf!"

Darleen said...


I didn't mean *you* were starting a music war... it was more a related observation to your question vis a vis what music one is SUPPOSED to "like" (or what celebrities or genre of fiction et al)

I just can't think choosing music should be like matching a pair of shoes to an outfit.

Damnit, if I want to drink white wine with my bloody rare prime rib, I will!


jp said...

Does this mean I can now admit publicly to hating Alanis Morisette?

Her singing, that is; nothing personal. And she cracks me up as "a very relieved Deity" at the end of Dogma (where she is, thankfully, mute).

Roxanne said...

U2, REM, most of the Beatles.

JD said...

Ah, yes, the shitty Beatles. I suppose in '64 or '65 I could have gone around saying I like The Beach Boys infinitely better, without being looked at as if I was a retarded toad smoking a stinky cigar. But try saying that nowadays!

Even the Beatles stuff that I know intellectually is "good" leaves me a bit cold. Though I may admire the incredibly clever chord changes, or the passionate (yet thin! thin and weak!) harmony singing, it still doesn't speak to me.

belledame222 said...

omg, who DOESN'T hate Alanis Morisette?

Beatles, well, can't go there with ya. love Beatles.

and i always had had the impression that it was vaguely declasse to -not- like Leonard Cohen, but i still love him too, dammit.

Alecto Erinyes said...

Ani DiFranco. I've tried. I really have. But ... no.

Jill said...

Love Ani. Absolutely fucking hate Coldplay.

ilyka said...

Surely no one is expected to like Coldplay? I hope so, because I'd fail that test too.

Of Rage Against the Machine I will not speak. NO.

Moebius Stripper said...

omg, who DOESN'T hate Alanis Morisette?

Alanis Morisette is a few years older than me, and grew up in my hometown. Guess whose music was played every five minutes on every single radio station when I was in high school? Everyone I grew up with who didn't start off hating Alanis Morisette sure did after...not very long at all.

belledame222 said...

meant to say up there: that it was vaguely declasse to LIKE Leonard Cohen. (but i do anyway)

sansioy said...

She's 32 flavors and then some.