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Song of the day – 572: Hot Fruit

Song of the day – 572: Hot Fruit
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This comment on YouTube is great, if a little rooted in patriarchal thinking:

I love Hot Fruit. I love women who produce art for themselves and don’t ask for your approval. Women can be brave and rude and intelligent. Women can make you uncomfortable and they can set their own terms. Thanks, Hot Fruit

This one comes close to nailing it.

What is crazy is that when women post a video about how their purpose in life is not to satisfy men, a bunch of men comment about what pleases them or what should be changed in order to please them more.

The video is so striking, it’s easy to overlook how rad the music is. And the music certainly is rad. As Scott Creney wrote on Facebook:

I am absolutely speechless. It’s like Flight of the Conchords meets Le Tigre meets Czech New Wave Cinema.

It’s Divine, when she was at her most sensual (Hairspray, bam!). It’s Jane Bond And The Undercover Men, shed of the spying allegations. It’s Cristina, falling apart and bringing down whole phalanxes of perv admirers as she goes. It’s Gravy Train!!!! with an extra exclamation mark. It’s three women expressing, and reveling in, their own sexuality, so unafraid and with such good humour and so untied to conventional ways of expressing sexuality they can’t help but intimidate great heaving sections of the population simply by existing. Feminist queer rap from Olympia, WA. Damn, I fucking wish they would move over here to Brisbane and FUCK SHIT UP. Or, as they put it themselves:

it’s like::MASTURBATING SO HARD YOU GET YOUR PERIOD FOR THE FIRST TIME

The ladies have three ‘EPs’ out – ‘That’s Cute!’, ”That’s Weird!’ and ‘That’s Fucked Up’. The middle one contains the song showcased above, but they’re all rad, guaranteed to irritate the shit out of any of your friend who like ‘proper music’. (I say friends. Let’s have a good long hard think about that.) You know there’s something totally right with a band when the ‘dislikes’ far outstrip the ‘likes’ on YouTube.

Fucking freaks!

Or, as the misogynists in the mainstream put it:

This is the hardest game of Kill, Fuck, Marry of all time.

Fuck myself and then kill myself.

Marry the middle Fuck the left 🙁 And… well… let the guy with the mustache go

My answer…after much deliberation. Is kill Mustache, fuck Boobs, and marry Saran Wrap. Which I think it the same as your answer. Great minds, bro.

Marry one, fuck another, kill myself.

Fuck it. Let’s quote YouTube person again:

What is crazy is that when women post a video about how their purpose in life is not to satisfy men, a bunch of men comment about what pleases them or what should be changed in order to please them more.

Many, many thanks to Tamsin Chapman for tipping me off to this.

…and there’s NOTHING wrong with Saran Wrap!

19 Responses to Song of the day – 572: Hot Fruit

  1. DC April 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Brilliant. Love this. The 3 EPs are excellent.

  2. Everett True April 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    (from Facebook):

    Ian Wieczorek
    Hot Fruit’s Falling Off the Grid is excellent. End of. Thanks for the heads up, Jerry.
    However, I’d also take issue with the “patriarchal thinking” in the above (YouTube, not your own) quote. I’m sure Hot Fruit are delighted to be given the tacit ‘permission’ to do what they do. What approval do they, or for that matter anyone, need to ask for? I’ll just append Samuel Johnson’s shitty/attempted witty observation for consideration: “Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.” 250 years later… have things changed that much? Really?

    ——————————————————

    Tamsin Chapman, Shireen Liane, Manda Rin and 20 others like this.

    Stephen Pariah
    Wow.

    Joyce Raskin
    Amen!

    Debbie Smith
    This is BRILLIANCE. Thanks for posting.

    Tom Edwards
    Immense.

  3. golightly April 27, 2013 at 12:27 am

    This is more of an expression of what women are really like than most of the air brushed, sexualised, objectified, dumbed down 2 dimensional character portrayals of our gender in the media. It’s easy to connect with the spirit of this music and the performance. It’s surprising, challenging, cute, grim, sexy and artsy. Total 3 D. I like it but I also found myself preferring it as a performance than as music because it gets a bit too shrill in tone for my ears in places… very informative and entertaining though and inspiring because there’s nothing more inspiring than when people express themselves in honest ways.

  4. Harvey Manfrenjensenden April 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

    any uh….dissenting opinions on this?

  5. Margie April 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Woah, how high we’re they when they made this? As a song, it was about four minutes too long, but I loved parts of it, mostly the beginning and then section with the girl in the pink tube top singing her flat rap part. They remind me of that awesome (Swedish?) artist Miss Universum.

    I don’t read the comments on any female artist’s (or female doing anything’s) online videos anymore because I have so few male friends in real life that this representation of what men are thinking or feel they want to say about women has left me feeling like men hate us, think we are shit at everything, and have completely dehumanized us. I know that’s untrue and unfair, and if it is true of a particular man, he’d better at least be willing to say it to my face.

  6. Everett True April 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    any uh….dissenting opinions on this?

    Seriously? Follow the Reddit link within the blog entry.

  7. Harvey Manfrenjensenden April 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I meant on collapse board, and of the non-misogynistic variety

  8. Dan April 29, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I don’t like the song, would go as far to say it’s outright shite. Sorry if this makes me an ardent rockist. It’s more of a provocative video art bit, right? Feels a bit long and irritating to work as a song for me, whereas if you think of it more in terms of video art it seems to have a bit more working in its favour.

  9. Drea April 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I feel like this is the music video equivalent of the second season of Girls. Why.

  10. RD May 1, 2013 at 5:25 am

    There’s bits of this that are too harsh and grating for my taste, but there’s a lot of it I really like. The main melody line is an ear worm and I’m loving the “I’m into shit and blood” refrain also most of the lyrics are funny. The rapping bits are not good though and it’s overall slightly too disjointed for me to truly love it though I love parts of it, and I’m nonplussed about other parts Admit I hated the whole thing when I first heard it, but a bit addicted to it now. I’m not sure how much the video, which is brilliant, adds to the song though. Having checked out their bandcamp they do have songs I much prefer. Ultimately they annoy the fuck out of sad internet misogynists and that is always a +1 in book. Overall good luck to them and I hope they continue to have fun.

  11. Dan May 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    If the song was as earnest as people are getting about it then I would hate it, rather than being merely irritated by it. Do we need to suffer through lame art to smash the patriarchy?

  12. Dan May 3, 2013 at 4:16 am

    This dislike isn’t about pitch or gender. It’s every bit as annoying as, for instance, ‘Because I Got High’ or ‘Rock Star’. I support their (author pauses to sigh and mutter “as if I have to write this every time a man stops criticise a female-positive song like my politics are on trial here”) right to let rip and act according to their own rules. But the song is shittier than sewage outlet pipe.

  13. Dan May 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I agree that the song does all of those things you outlined in your second post, but that none of those things in and of themselves mean that the song passes through my ears in any more pleasant a manner. There’s the rub. I can’t insincerely detach the synaptic, kneejerk response of my senses from the perceived political nature of the art itself. The song is a shrug, it is mere content in waves of endless content.

    Here are ten songs that I like off the top of my head compiled between waking and speed-writing an assignment for work.

    – US Maple, ‘Aplomado’
    – The Shaggs, ‘You’re Something Special To Me’
    – Electric Prunes, ‘Holy Are You’
    – Arthur Russell, ‘Tone Bone Kone’
    – Mo-Dettes, ‘White Mice’
    – Organized Konfusion, ‘Releasing Hypnotical Gases’
    – The Ogyatanaa Show Band, ‘You Monopolise Me’
    – Wendy Rene, ‘After Laughter Comes Tears’
    – Jive Bombers, ‘Bad Boy’
    – Suicide, ‘Frankie Teardrop’

    I await the inevitable damnation.

  14. Everett True May 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Makes me really want to hear this – The Ogyatanaa Show Band, ‘You Monopolise Me’, and this – US Maple, ‘Aplomado’ – as I’m very familiar with most of the rest. So I did. Mmmm… nice. Both are very nice. Are US Maple always this fine?

  15. Dan May 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    That’s a tough call ET, I love ’em to pieces so I’m going to say yes. Skin Graft are reissuing the debut Long Hair In Three Stages (ft. ‘Aplomado’). From there they’d become more abstract and playful. Some say LP4, Acre Thrills is the killer set. It’s a journey either way.

  16. RD May 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Regarding this song it’s a shame that reddit and other misogynist comments on the internet has clouded debate about the actual musical content of this song. It would be a shame if all legitimate criticisms about it were met with accusations of sexism or bigotry. It is by no means a perfect piece and in my opinion has a fair few flaws, and I like it. Also I think the actual song falls down a lot without the video to back it up and vice versa. As I said above personally I think they have songs that are much better though this one does have the most sense of fun. I do really like the sentiment of the lyrics even though they are slightly clumsily executed, but having listened to some of their other songs that might be the point. So in summary 100x better than Frank Turner but not as good as Million Dead.

  17. Dan Cross May 6, 2013 at 4:03 am

    This song is more complex than it first appears.
    As is the song and lyrical sentiment.
    As important as say NWA’s Straight Outta Compton.

  18. Dan May 6, 2013 at 4:28 am

    I like the debate this has caused actually even though a seventh listen yielded little joy. Now feel I’ve isolated myself on a rock orbiting Planet Fun with a bunch of Uncool Dads.

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