Oh Everett True
Where are you?
Hamster Baby by Bikini Kill

Everett True is a British music journalist and supporter of Bikini Kill and many other bands associated with the riot grrrl movement.

While the overall tone of the song suggests this line may be a dig at the critic for being a “colonizer/hanger on”, Vail and True were, and continue to be friendly. In his grunge memoir Live Through This, True writes of the reference:

Future Bikini Kill drummer Tobi Vail was part of Calvin’s loose collective, The Go Team. When I first visited Olympia in 1989, I recorded a couple tracks with the pair in her parents' house…The drummer didn’t forget our meeting: an early Bikini Kill song ‘Hamster Baby’ (it rhymes with ‘masturbate me’)…I like it. It’s on a par with the (Scots pop disco post-Riot Grrrls) Bis song that compares me to Drew Barrymore while she was still cool"

(Live Through This, p. 75)

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Star bellied boy
Different from the rest
You're so different from the rest
Prove you're different from the rest
You're no fucking different from the rest
Star Bellied Boy by Bikini Kill

In Dr. Seuss’s classic story [The Sneeches] concerns the tension between Sneeches whose bellies have stars and the supposedly inferior ones with none upon thar’s.

As the plot unfurls, the specialness and superiority of the star bellied sneeches is revealed to be a crock:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3yJomUhs0g

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New Year's in February (February?) Asian Girlz by Day Above Ground

Maybe we spoke too soon about Feng Shui.

There are alternatives to the Christian/Western/Gregorian calendar. Chinese Asian ones. Cah-razy! Exotic! Amirite, white people?

Wait, the Jewish New Year is in the fall? And the 2013 Islamic New Year?!

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Sailor Moon Asian Girlz by Day Above Ground

Yeah, Sailor Moon doesn’t really have time for racist, misogynistic losers

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Superstitious feng shui shit (what) Asian Girlz by Day Above Ground

Not since Juggalos met magnets has something so easily researched caused such lyrical consternation.

Here. We did it for you

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Oh, tradition, tradition, tradition, yeah yeah Asian Girlz by Day Above Ground

Unclear what or whose “tradition” is being referenced here. “Asia” is only the world’s largest and most populous continent, after all, with well over 40 countries located in the continent.

Conflating completely different countries and cultures through ignorant fetishization?

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Always fear city's finest follow right behind Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands by Elliott Smith

Law enforcement officer appear almost exclusively as either an oppressive menace or ineffectual embarassment in Smith’s songs.

Smith’s critical feelings extended beyond song metaphor:In 2002 he was beaten and arrested outside a Flaming Lips show after defending a victim of police harassment

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You're not the victim
Though you like to make it that way
Pretty girls all gather 'round
To hear your side of things
I am sorry we are so nice to you
Li'l Red by Bikini Kill

This dynamic will be familiar to many visitors of this site!

A recent (ongoing, really) example played out on a prominent stage as self proclaimed “male feminist”, tenured gender studies professor, and attempted murderer of his ex-girlfriend Hugo Schwyzer “quit the internet” (in dramatic statement, if not practice ) after growing weary of being unable to fully escape his history of abusive and predatory behavior towards women

He had, and has, defenders who support his access to feminist spaces. Grace writes on the blog Are Women Human:

“I think we shouldn’t hesitate as a community to eject someone who has lied about and minimized his history of abuse, and I think feminists in Schwyzer’s circle really failed in this regard.”

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They say she's a slut, but I know
She is my best friend, yeah
Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill

This line is changed to “They say she’s a dyke, but I know…” on the Joan Jett-produced New Radio 7" version

Jett performing with Bikini Kill at a 1994 Rock For Choice benefit in NYC

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Don’t you know there’s nothing, there’s nothing
More whole than a broken heart
Nothing More Whole Than A Broken Heart by The Shondes

The song’s title and refrain are taken from a Yiddish proverb: “There’s nothing more whole than a broken heart”

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