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We're asking for it! A hint of masochism, and also welcoming the full reversal of stereotyping ("Sweet baby, unload me"). Whether the man-lady or the lady-boy, sexual difference and unusual power-plays are much more accepted/more common place in ordinary peoples lives (sex toys, costumes). Often cloaked in humour and seen as fun-loving (Ann Summers, a sex shop on the high street). Is it more or less confusing for gender politics? And what of chivalry? Or other traditional male conceits? This is by nature one-sided and no-one is really arguing that it was ever necessary. But the metafictional narratives we are offered, with their spoonfuls of irony, and knowing winks to the audience don't allow for a real response, or defence of perceived 'honourable' values. You laugh along or you're thrown out and on your own. And told 'Come back when you're willing to be hosed down and fit to the part' ("Cold water to wash/Cold razor to shave me"). This is often confused with what is termed 'political correctness' but in truth has nothing to do with it, and is in fact the very opposite. An aggressive peacock strutting forth, spouting reactionary, sensationalist, expletive drenched rhetoric only designed to bully and tame ("Just to put out the flames"). This is not some libertarian new order, but just the same old patriarchal nonsense in disguise, designed just to cross-pollinate the stereotypes and close down the dialogue ("And diminish the cause/Of all those feminine flaws"). So that femininity is the sufferer. Petra Kelly, one of the founders of the German Green Party, said "Playing an active part in society, on an equal footing with men, does not mean adopting the old thought patterns and strategies of the patriarchal world." Spot on Petra! But what of the so-called feminisation of men. Obsessive male grooming and all the products sold with it. This is seen as a crossover culture, where the boys are just learning the narcissistic skills from the girls ("So dress me in lace/Paint a prettier face"). Not so. Getting rid of body hair started in the (predominantly male) body building culture. Where vanity was a tough guy in speedos, greased and ready for action. So now the girl has gone to Rio, and is even indulging in a 'bit of anal', fulfilling her boyfriends 'Muscle Beach' daydreams. She will then drink him under the table, and go pick a fight with a stranger("Come on you basher!"). Not to express her emancipation. But just to show that she can be as hedonistic and depraved as him. And he is both confused and exhilarated by the competition. And they're both going straight to hell, which of course doesn't exist anymore. So they drive faster, and shout louder("What's 'at?"), and no one cares enough to stop (What's up?"). Just to wonder.

("Hey! El Macho Bimbo!")


from The Artful Execution Of Macho Bimbo, released June 29, 2015
Damo Waters - drums, backing vocals, percussion
Etienne Rodes - bass guitar
Andrew Claridge - guitars, backing vocals
Miles Heathfield - lead vocals

Engineered by Joe Watson, mixed by Cameron Devlin

Written by Andrew Claridge/Miles Heathfield

Arranged by C L O WW N S

Plus keyboard by Andrew Claridge, trumpet by Rachel Dey



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