Daily Archives: July 2, 2009

FotC’s Biggest Fan and the Burqa Ban

I love Kristen Schaal as Mel on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. Pure genius. Here, she comments on Sarkozy’s statements on the potential for a burqa ban to “free” Muslim women. There’s not much room to get too complex in a short comedy segment –and I’m not a fan of the familiar overreliance on comparisons between “their” sartorial foibles and “ours”– but the part when she eats a jar of mayonaise, slowly, is some kind of wonderful.

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Burka Ban
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STYLE ICON: Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry Bomb!

Los Angeles, July 1. Image from INF, via Jezebel, where the photo is much bigger.

Yeah, I’m kind of totally excited about the Runaways biopic. Each photograph that emerges with the cast in costume –like the above, with Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie– is another wide-legged fist-pump in the air from me! (I also hear that the film will also deal with Joan Jett’s queer sexuality, with reports of scenes filmed with Kristen and Dakota making out.)

Before the Runaways, there were other ladies-only rock bands who never had their stadium-sized success. But some of their records have recently been unearthed and re-released in small batches, including the first single EP from Suzi Quatro’s garage band The Pleasure Seekers. “What A Way to Die,” a sneering, snotty dismissal of boys in favor of beer, is pretty much the most bad-ass lady rock anthem of 1965 (and for some time after).

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