Beautiful like you, baby. Joydrop to the world.

19 Jan

Well, yes she isn’t. Tara Slone, former lead singer of the now defunct Joydrop may not be beautiful like you but being beautiful like us makes her rather fetching. And that’s the beauty of it. Of course, beauty is only skin-deep. And, ain’t that a beaut?

We were listening to an alternative radio station earlier and up popped a song from Joydrop that we haven’t heard for several years. We like the song well enough, so here’s a post dedicated to Joydrop and its ilk.

Alternative RockJoydrop was a Canadian band from Toronto. That’s about the extent of it. They had their moment in the moon during a spate of alternative, gothilishous, rock bands  that were fronted by attractive women (Garbage, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil, The Cardigans, Nightwish, Within Temptation, to name a few). Remember that period? In addition to the leading ladies’ vamping style, the backing bands figured into the equation just enough to get photographed occasionally with the lead singer, so we’ll separate them from the Pop Chick Toughies. Without much pretense, these bands leveraged beautiful (aha, Tara!) women to appeal to young male consumers that we don’t doubt were prone to lean towards fantasy over reality. It’s a bit of whore-mongering, we suppose. Nonetheless, our blogs are mostly superficial so we won’t bother weighing in on what constitutes exploitation and what’s indulgent. Go figure it out for yourselves. Or have a look and listen to Joydrop’s only major hit, “Beautiful.” Enjoy the lyrics to “Beautiful” after the small gallery of the aforementioned bands.

Alternative Rock

Side shift: remember The Sarah Conner Chronicles? We don’t get tied up into many TV series, but we like the Terminator world of doom, so we gave it a go and ended up really liking it (although it’s hard to get over the credibility factor of 110 pound women punching 220 men and/or block walls (we aren’t kind in that regard to James Bond women with the exception of real athletes like Michelle Yeoh) … still, breaking things always has its merits). Anyway, Shirley Manson from Garbage was cast as the main Terminator and … wow. Maybe the extent of her acting is playing an impassive and dangerous robotic horror from the future (we don’t know since we haven’t seen her in anything else), but she nailed it. Scary good.
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Terminator

Yes, that's right. I pee standing up. By the way, you have a goober in your eye. Let me get that for you.

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Terminator TV show
By the way, isn’t it annoying how hard it is to exclude images that are linked to a post from a WordPress gallery? If you have any suggestions for shortcuts, let us know.

Lyrics to Joydrop’s Beautiful

If I was beautiful like you
Oh the things I would do
Those not so blessed would by crying out murder
And I’d just laugh and get away with it too
Like you do

If I was beautiful like you
I would never be at fault
I’d walk in the rain between the rain drops
Bringing traffic to a halt
But that will never be
That will never never be
Cause I’m not beautiful like you
I’m beautiful like me
Beautiful like me

If I was beautiful like you
I’d be quick to assume
They’d do anything to please me
I know I see the reaction when you walk into a room
But that will never be
That will never never be
Cause I’m not beautiful like you
I’m beautiful like me
Beautiful like me
Beautiful, Beautiful like me
Like me, like me

If I was beautiful like you
I’d have so many friends
Always fighting for my time to be next in line
So if I hurt one I wouldn’t have to make amends
That will never be
That will never never be
Cause I’m not beautiful like you
I’m not beautiful like you
I’m not beautiful like you
I’m beautiful like me
Beautiful like me
Beautiful like me
I’m beautiful like me
I’m beautiful like me

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