Supporters of GIRL POWER, Scarlett Johansson is on your side! Johansson, one of the Haim sisters, and 3 other “girls” have formed The Singles. They’re a “girl group,” made entirely of “girls.” This is so cool! Check it out!
“The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls. I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go’s. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”
What, exactly, is the joke, that Johansson is continuing to pretend anyone has any interest in her music, that “girls” can make music in 2015, that the Go-Go’s and the Bangles were nothing but joke bands?
I’m sorry, after a promising start as the dumb, but sexy second banana in the amazing Ghost World, ScarJo has nothing to offer me but an eventual Academy Award-grabbing nude scene when she reaches the age of 42, or as YouTube commentator MusicJverstra put it more succinctly: “Good Scarlett. Now show us your tits!”
Sorry if I’ve offended, but can we live long enough to see all “girls” take themselves seriously enough to simply start a group rather than drag up the low expectations of presenting themselves as a “girl group?” Sleater-Kinney has never stooped to that. They kick ass, and not “…for girls.” As a guy (and one old enough to be their dad) I’m sure “girls” don’t appreciate me telling them how to present their groups, but I will nevertheless strongly recommend that these young women who happen to be in bands lacking men drop the false humility and apologies of playing in a “girl group” and just make whatever music it is they’re making without dragging other women artists down with them. The Go-Go’s had a fun, “girly” image, but by all accounts they played and partied hard. The Bangles were a real, gritty band before some producer polished them up and helped them never have to worry about paying bills again (I hope). What I’ve seen of Grimes doesn’t make me think she’s some cutesy “girl” who’s playing at pop music while being in on the joke. That band Haim had a song from a year or two ago that I liked. It sounded like ’80s Fleetwood Mac, which may not be saying much, but it was a real song by a real group. Haim didn’t act like a second-rate, cute “girl group,” despite the fact that they’re cute and women young enough to be referred to as “girls.” Scarlett Johansson must be as dumb as the character she plays in Ghost World. If she looked like Mama Cass she wouldn’t be making movies or music. This “Candy” song sucks donkey dong, in my opinion, but not because it’s made by a quintet of “girls.”