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Kate Nash - Do Wa Doo

by Rich Morris Rating:1 Release Date:2010-04-12

How interested we at Soundblab towers were to read Kate's opinion piece in this week's NME defending the decision of feminist stalwarts Le Tigre to work with a highly sexualised diva like Christina Aguilera. In the article, she wrote about the importance to her of riot grrrl bands like Bikini Kill and this, added to the Sonic Youth howl of recent download 'I Just Love You More' and the demo of a song called 'Kiss that Grrrl' on her MySpace, made us quite interested to see how it might impact on her sound.

And how's that working out? Not too well, actually. "Everyone thinks she's a bit of all right," chirps Nash on 'Do Wa Doo', "Every guy's checking out her thighs". But of course: this is Kate's diatribe against the male objectification of women, isn't it? Isn't it? Perhaps not. You see, the girl in question is stealing the attentions of the boy Kate is, like, totally crushing on and Kate is not happy about that. What does Kate hate so much about this girl? Well, let's see - there's the fact that she's pretty and - oh yeah, boys like her. Worst of all, snarls Kate, "I don't even think she cares."

So, let's get this straight, Nash: There's this girl who's quite attractive and some boys fancy her but, in fact, the girl isn't even particularly bothered, apparently content to get on with her life, unlike, for example, you, who seem to view getting the glad eye from a boy as being the be-all-and-end-all of self-worth. And Kate makes it quite clear that she thinks it's the girl's fault men fancy her. In fact, she stops just short of calling her a bitch. Fucks sake, Nash, why not just say she's asking for it? Add to this the fact that Kate spends the accompanying video recreating the classic air-head trolley dolly routine and - voila - the effect is complete: it's actually like feminism never happened. I wonder what Kathleen Hanna would have to say about that?

Richard Morris

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Take that Nash! I understand your objections, but maybe it's supposed to be a character piece? My main objection is to the line 'Everyone thinks that girl's a lady/But I don't, I think that girl's shady.' Shady? What, is she a gangster as well as...

Take that Nash! I understand your objections, but maybe it's supposed to be a character piece? My main objection is to the line 'Everyone thinks that girl's a lady/But I don't, I think that girl's shady.' Shady? What, is she a gangster as well as a fox? In retrospect, I may have been wrong to suggest that her album would be worth listening to.

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Yeah, I get where you're coming from but... which ever way you slice it, it's a shit song. And even if it is a charcter piece I don't really see what that changes. Maybe it's a character piece in the same way 'Girlfriend' by Avril Lavigne is a...

Yeah, I get where you're coming from but... which ever way you slice it, it's a shit song. And even if it is a charcter piece I don't really see what that changes. Maybe it's a character piece in the same way 'Girlfriend' by Avril Lavigne is a character piece?

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