The Donnas - Take It Off
I am old enough to remember the actual show. The REAL show.
This is why the Muppets are so boring these days, they have to be squeeky clean because Disney.
This was the late 70s. When a family friendly show could still have content that the kids needed to ask their parents about.
I can actually read the album art and it’s, for the most part, proper Middle Egyptian text (well, mostly a list of words and phrases), and not utter gibberish. That’s really nice to see!
I bought the Del-Byzanteens EP I posted above in 1981 from a tiny record shop in a seedy part of my city. I also bought from the same record shop this album by a female duo from upstate New York:
The name of the duo, Mechanical Servants, should be understood for its irony. Drawings on the album’s back cover depict Pamela and Victoria in secretarial rôles. The lyrics express angst due to meaningless and alienation, and, at the same time, both resignation and rebelliousness:
Small comfort to me
The word digital was just entering mainstream discourse, and the concept seemed to offer some escape from social conventions:
Is such a comfort to me
While this recording is from 1980, there’s an interesting use of slang from the 1950s and 1960s:
I guess I’m some kind of square
To let it get me so wigged out
Most of the lyrics are easy to understand, but there is a section during which Pamela and Victoria sing different words at the same time, so I write out their respective words below, in parallel:
|This is no anthem||I smoke and I drink|
|My hand on the table||I drink, I smoke|
|My hand on a cigarette||I light up a cigarette|
|Social conventions||I fix myself a drink|
|Small comfort to me||Honey, pour me a cigarette|
|Remember the artifacts||Digital obsession|
|We leave behind us||Is such a comfort to me|
|The cigarette butt butts||I put my hand to my mouth|
|That litter the driveway||I put my mouth to my hand|
|These are the things||Give me something to do|
|I remember you by||Something to do with my hands|
|Lost weekend somewhere||A kick in the ribs|
|Back in your childhood||A tap on the shoulder|
Turns out years of grindcore was not wasted, i get em without text easily
Whoops! It seems it’s not available, sorry!
I watched it on Youtube just fine.