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Old 06-17-2005, 05:09 PM   #1
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I don't get it......

Can someone please explain to me Gwen Stefani's latest "image" with all the asian women? And can someone explain why in "hollaback girl" she starts randomly saying "bananas"? I loved early No Doubt stuff.....but Gwen's latest solo romp just leaves me scratching my head.
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Old 06-17-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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i could tell you, but then i'd have kill you.


i have no fucking clue, really.
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Old 06-17-2005, 05:31 PM   #3
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ok, glad i'm not the only one who's clueless.
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This may help

http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/200.../index_np.html

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...Four harajuku girls, or rather, Stefani's interpretation of Tokyo street fashion in the Harajuku district.

They shadow her wherever she goes. They're on the cover of the album, they appear behind her on the red carpet, she even dedicates a track, "Harajuku Girls," to them. In interviews, they silently vogue in the background like living props; she, meanwhile, likes to pretend that they're not real but only a figment of her imagination. They're ever present in her videos and performances -- swabbing the deck aboard the pirate ship, squatting gangsta style in a high school gym while pumping their butts up and down, simpering behind fluttering hands or bowing to Stefani. That's right, bowing. Not even from the waist, but on the ground in a "we're not worthy, we're not worthy" pose. She's taken Tokyo hipsters, sucked them dry of all their street cred, and turned them into China dolls.

Real harajuku girls are just the funky dressers who hang out in the Japanese shopping district of Harajuku. To the uninitiated, harajuku style can look like what might happen if a 5-year-old girl jacked up on liquor and goofballs decided to become a stylist. Layering is important, as is the mix of seemingly disparate styles and colors. Vintage couture can be mixed with traditional Japanese costumes, thrift-store classics, Lolita-esque flourishes and cyber-punk accessories. In a culture where the dreaded "salary man/woman" office worker is a fate to be avoided for this never-wanna-grow-up generation, harajuku style can look as radical as punk rockers first looked on London's King Road or how pale-faced Goths silently sweating in their widows weeds look in cheerful sunny suburbs.

Stefani has taken the idea of Japanese street fashion and turned these women into modern-day geisha, contractually obligated to speak only Japanese in public, even though it's rumored they're just plain old Americans and their English is just fine. She's even named them "Love," "Angel," "Music" and "Baby" after her album and new clothing line l.a.m.b. (perhaps a mutton-themed restaurant will follow). The renaming of four adults led one poster on a message board to muse, "I didn't think it was legal to own human pets. But I guess so if you have the money for it."

Stefani fawns over harajuku style in her lyrics, but her appropriation of this subculture makes about as much sense as the Gap selling Anarchy T-shirts; she's swallowed a subversive youth culture in Japan and barfed up another image of submissive giggling Asian women. While aping a style that's suppose to be about individuality and personal expression, Stefani ends up being the only one who stands out.
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that kind of helps...but the author of that also seems like he/she is going "WTF?"
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That hollaback girl song drives me nuts especially the banana part CAN'T STAND IT!
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I can't either. It's annoying and it makes no sense. Which makes it even more annoying.
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I don't care what she sounds like as long as she keeps making me
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Old 06-17-2005, 07:38 PM   #9
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That hollaback girl song drives me nuts especially the banana part CAN'T STAND IT!
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Old 06-17-2005, 07:56 PM   #10
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check this thread:

http://forum.interference.com/t124430.html

i think there was some explanation of what a hollaback girl is in there amidst all the crazy dancing bananas.


ETA:

ok. so i just reread your initial post, and you didn't ask WHAT a hollaback girl is so... enjoy the bananas!

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