Friday Genius Ten “New Wave Booty Shaking Weakness” Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, January 16, 2009 18:37 EDT
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I was really impressed by Cara’s four part piece on how the demonizing of Yoko Ono is a classic tale of how racism and sexism work out culture. Here’s the first part. Before you start flipping out and saying that you hate Yoko Ono for reasons that are pure and have nothing to do with the social punishments meted out to Japanese women who are perceived as uppity, please read the four posts. It’s well worth your time.

Cara said she wasn’t a fan of Ono’s music, even though she defends her as an artist and as a person. I’ll go a step further and say that a lot of Ono’s stuff is pretty fucking cool, and you can see how her influence helped make John Lennon the cool Beatle, the one who hung out at Max’s Kansas City and cut tracks with David Bowie and was, legend has it, inspired to pick up music after a long break when he heard the B-52s for the first time. So, the Genius first pick is Yoko Ono.

“Walking On Thin Ice”—Yoko Ono

1) “The Devil In Us”—Black Devil Disco Club
2) “Beatific”—Glass Candy
3) “I’ll be by your side”—Sally Shapiro
4) “Move Your Body”—Marshall Jefferson
5) “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo”—Le Tigre
6) “Hatchet”—Low
7) “Good Time”—Brazilian Girls
8) “Yashar”—Cabaret Voltaire
9) “Hombre”—M.I.A.
10) “Disco Traxx”—Ladytron

Videos and cat pics below the fold.
“Hatchet” by Low:

“Nanny Nanny Boo Boo” by Le Tigre:

“Good Time” by Brazilian Girls:

Obviously, I have a weak spot for dance pop.

I got a new camera from Marc for Christmas! It’s a Sony Cybershot, and I love it, especially the display. So cat pictures will be of a much better quality.

Molly has taken to camping out on my pillow, sometimes when I’m even sleeping in the bed:

Dusty maintains her spot at the foot of the bed:

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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