Listening fully for the first time, I'm struck by how erotic many 70s folk lyrics come across. It's really in their tones -- voices & surrounding musical context -- even more than in the naked phrases:
My motto's always been "when it's right it's right"
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night?
When everything's a little clearer in the light of day
And we know the night is always gonna be here anyway
Thinking of you is working up an appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbing sticks and stones together make the sparks ignite (nice set-up!)
And the thought of rubbing you is getting so exciting
Skyrockets in flight...
These artists were seducers! More real about it than artists I know today. There's a powerful innocence -- a madonna intelligently and fully choosing to be more like a whore -- in the music. Only the Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch" comes close in recent memory, and those are mere guys. The mixed gender groups do it best.
A Crosby, Stills and Nash live version (with girl backups) of "Love The One You're With" is the most shocking I've found. Without closely listening, I'd always vaguely assumed the lyrics were about zenfully settling into marriage. Umm, not quite (ha):
If you're down and confused
And you don't remember who you're talking to (!)
Concentration slips away
Because your baby is so far away
Don't be angry, don't be sad
Don't sit crying over good times you had
There's a girl, right next to you
And she's just waiting, for something to do (!)
And if you can't be with the one you love,
Love the one you're with
Turn your heartache right into joy (!)
She's a girl, and you're a boy
Get it together, make it nice
You ain't gonna need any more advice (!)
This could have been on The Rules of Attraction soundtrack!
Also crossing my desk today on cultures of hooking up:
In particular, British girls claims by Gwyneth Paltrow (and others) that British men are useless when it comes to the art of seduction.
"I think the English man has great charm; he is highly intelligent and surely his reluctance to pounce on a first date can only be a mark in his favour," Miss Bond told The Telegraph.
"It shows a degree of integrity and maturity, and one wonders what American women are looking for if being seduced is the guideline of a good date or not."
Miss Bond, 39, who has featured in three James Bond films and worked in the US extensively during her acting career, said that the American manner of dating can seem charmless and oppressive to English women. "American men are very upfront - very in your face. It makes me take a step back; it's not what I expect or what I am used to."
"I like the self-deprecating humour of English men and their love of the loser. It makes me laugh but it is a very English thing and I really notice the difference when I'm in America, where losers aren't so popular."
Last week Heather Graham, who starred opposite British super-spy Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me, joined the fray, accusing British men of being "cold" and "emotionally illiterate".
(The UK Telegraph, the British version of livejournal?, via DuffWire, the Lubbock anti-livejournal!)