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- Posted on Oct 30th 2009 9:40AM by Benjy Eisen
But like all things layered, many audiences just don't pick up on humor without being cued into it first. Take, for example, Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the U.S.A.,' the Beastie Boys' 'Fight for Your Right (to Party)' and, of course, Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' Ditto cites the video for 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' as an example of yet another instance where not only is the point misunderstood, the funny delivery goes largely unnoticed.
"[Kurt Cobain] wanted one of his cheerleaders in the video to be fat," Ditto told Spinner at a recent Interface taping in Los Angeles studio. "Everybody thought he was joking. They're like, 'You're so funny and alternative.' He was actually serious." The cheerleaders in the video intentionally aren't your typical looking cheerleaders, and yet, says Ditto, people thought it was just Cobain trying to be funny. "Whereas, if you're a woman, they absolutely strip the humor out of what you're saying," she said. "Like, you're not allowed to have a sense of humor."
'Music for Men' doesn't only have a sense of humor, it also has a beat. So whether people get the joke or not, or see the deeper meaning or not, everybody can dance.
"We don't really take ourselves that seriously," Ditto explained. "But on the serious note, it is true that it is really important to make feminist music for men, or to catch their attention, even if it is in a funny, tongue and cheek kind of way."