The Sexist

Date Rape Anthems: Anti-Rape Track Gets “Heavy”

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The Sexist has been obsessively cataloging songs about rape for some time now, but so far we've only alighted upon one recent track that's clearly against assault: the Raveonettes' "Boys Who Rape (Shall All Be Destroyed)." I don't have another anti-rape track for you, but I do have a cover of "Boys Who Rape"—this time sung by some boys.

Pitchfork has this to say of the cover, courtesy of Brooklyn's Suckers: "the Brooklyn-based four-piece lend their dark orchestral touch to the song, turning the original ode into an elegy worthy of the equally heavy subject matter."

Really? Because a few seconds in, the song launches into some sleepy Brian Wilson-esque harmonies and . . . is that a maraca? Then there's some more dark "aaahing" and some other funny noise-making. (There's a reason I don't write for Pitchfork). I'm not against anybody letting some Beach Boys influence sneak into a song about murdering rapists. However, I'm not sure I'd ever choose to equate the "heaviness" of rape with what is a particularly sunny elegy.

Here's the Raveonettes' original:

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  • Joe

    Uh... "Date Rape" by Sublime?

  • russ

    It's "The Raveonettes." Not "Raveonette." Their previous album, Lust Lust Lust, was terrific (though it lacked any date-rape content that I'm aware of). The new album with "Boys Who Rape" on it kind of sucks, despite its anti-date-rape stance.

    Just one man's opinion.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist Amanda Hess

    @Joe "Date Rape" condones prison rape.

    @russ: Thanks for the correction. I've moved the apostrophe.

  • Keara

    Hey Amanda,

    Has anyone mentioned Nada Surf's "Mother's Day" to you yet? It's off 2002's Proximity Effect, so not exactly recent, but it's a great anti-rape song. I wish I was a musician so I could cover it...

  • Karole

    The NJ ska band Hub City Stompers has a song called "Johnny Date Rape" that is very anti-rape. Also kind of violent (it also describes the retaliation to this rape), but definitely anti-rape.The lyrics are here: http://www.lyricsmania.com/johnny_date_rape_lyrics_hub_city_stompers.html

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