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May 04, 2004

Pop Vultures

I was lying in bed wallowing in my latest bout of pollen induced misery when the throbbing of my sinuses became subservient to a valley girl voice discussing what makes a pop icon. "If you can dress up as her for Halloween, she's an icon. One year, I went as Courtney Love. I look NOTHING like Courtney, but everyone knew exactly who I was. I wore this big messy blonde wig, and a white strappy evening gown, and I pushed a baby carriage..." (Apologies for the inexact transcription.)

This was preceded by a thorough discussion of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" - and the whole broadcast was interspersed with bits of shameless pop hits, including "I'm Justa Girl" - and a discussion of how 14 year old girls now look like total badasses because of the revival of 80s fashion.

Pop music is a guilty pleasure of mine, but now, with the accidental discovery of Pop Vultures, a Minnesota Public Radio show, I no longer need hide my head in shame. Their site says "We obsess over pop music so you don't have to." Well, thank you for helping me out. Plus, the whole NPR thing gives me a little intellectual cred. Though it also makes me more likely to be singing Mary J. Blige in the shower. And, um, on the bus.


Posted by pam at May 4, 2004 08:20 AM | TrackBack
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Ah, well, you might appreciate this little bit on (to steal the NY Post's phraseology) pop tart Britney Spears.

Spears is sporting another tattoo - and has made yet another translation mistake. Photogs for the London Mirror snapped Spears with two Kabbalah-inspired Hebrew symbols on the back of her neck. "She had hoped it would say 'new year' or 'new era,' " says the Mirror. "It seems she's got the words the wrong way around. It is meaningless." Last year, Spears got a Chinese symbol on her hip that was supposed to mean "mysterious," but turns out to mean, "strange."

Posted by: paulette on May 4, 2004 12:47 PM

Oooo,thanks for the gossip! However, I do have SOME standards. I'm pro-Pink, but staunchly anti-Britney. Mary J. yes, Beyonce, even though she's totally hot, no. "Pop tart" btw, is a NICE turn of phrase.

Posted by: pam on May 4, 2004 02:09 PM
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