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Friday , September 3, 2010
"SONIKKK HATE," by Laura Jane Faulds & Chelsea Fairless Six Years Ago
When I was nineteen years old, I lived in an apartment by the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn with Chelsea, who grew up to write the killer blog Cat Party, and our beloved friend Neil Aspinall. The three of us spent the bulk of our time getting stoned, watching Mo Rocca's short-lived reality TV show Things I Hate About You on DVR, eating White Castle emotionally, hating our lives, listening to "Vertigo" by U2, playing with these Bratz dolls we bought, hating Ronald Reagan, and obsessively hating Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon with the fire of a thousand suns.
In today's nogoodforme Snapshot, I mentioned that Kim Gordon and I once bitch stared each other down in the Prince Street J.Crew, which was instigated by how, at the time, my entire existence was defined by my ideological issues with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Asked nogoodforme reader Amy, What ideological issues did you have with Gordon/Moore? I then proceeded to dig up my notebook from Fall 2004, where I came across a thirteen-page-document entitled "SONIKKK HATE: Evidence," which more than explains my Gordon/Moore-related ideological issues of yesteryear. I am now going to type out the entire piece, because it's fucking brilliant.
NOTE: THIS WORK DOES NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT MY PRESENT OPINIONS ON THURSTON MOORE AND KIM GORDON; IT IS THE WORK OF TWO DELIRIOUS AND HATEFUL TEENAGERS FROM THE PAST. I AM REPRODUCING IT BECAUSE IT IS HILARIOUS. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE COMMENTS ARGUING ABOUT HOW THIS LIST IS STUPID AND OFFENSIVE BECAUSE I KNOW IT. THAT IS EXACTLY WHY IT IS BRILLIANT. I LIKE THURSTON AND KIM SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT EXPLAINING WHY I SHOULD PLEASE.
-In a 1993 interview, Kim Gordon specifies "judgmental people" and "hypocrits [sic]" as 2 of her dislikes. Though her commitment to the infantile Sonic Youth aesthetic may prevent her from acknowledging as such, may we remind Ms. Gordon that H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E is spelled with an E and apparently also with a K-K-KIM
-Kim Gordon is a "self-proclaimed pseudo sex symbol" God how cocky can you be
-Kim Gordon is aging in the same way as Iggy Pop (key words: sinewy, leathery etc)
-OK Sorry the Strokes aren't cool enough for you (although they didn't use to be so lame in fact you losers thought they were cool (or should I say kool) enough to call a song "Sonic Youth Says Hello To The Strokes" but OHHHH They're so corporate now...) At least the Strokes aren't PRETENDING like you KKKim
-Sonic Youth should be FORCED to listen (REALLY listen) to Velvet Revolver's Contraband
-Thurston Moore will never be as 1) Talented 2) Cool or probably even 3) Smart as <3Slash<3
-Sonic Youth: we fucking challenge you to write a song as good as "Welcome to the Jungle" or even "Machinehead." Or Fucking PIANO MAN. If you're gonna dish it out you better be able to take it. Actually fuck- write a song as good as "Hard to Explain" by the Strokes for that matter.
-Why can't you be as chill as Missy Elliott MJB (Mary J Blige <3) and Ciara???
-Sonic Youth promote a subverted version of authority ("First Couple of Indie Rock") that OPPRESSES THE OPPRESSED
-Oprah & Gayle are WAY cooler!!!!
-They hate fun.
+ Continue reading ""SONIKKK HATE," by Laura Jane Faulds & Chelsea Fairless Six Years Ago"
Tuesday , July 13, 2010
the nogoodforme Wayback in Time Machine: Dopey Fashion Poses Sassy Appreciation, Joan Didion, Interviews with Girl Talk and Francesca Lia Block + Other Cool People, Remembering Metrosexuals, & the Most Controversial Thing We Ever Published
Midsummer's always a kind of erratic time in terms of blog publishing, because all you really want to do is loaf and be lazy and go to the beach--unless you're like me and hate summer and just use the opportunity to hide out wherever it's air-conditioned, cursing the sun as evil and going out only at night. Night's a good time to dig through our epic archives as well. This was the haps way back when. I'm kind of flummoxed at how much good stuff we've banked the past few years. Yeah.
ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK
Little did we know that this week (or so) would be fairly epic for NOGOODFORME, 'cause LJ published her Guide to Stoner Girl Chic, which would prove pivotal for us in many ways. First of all, it's probably the most controversial thing ever published at NOGOODFORME--just read the comments. Now I just want to say, "Dudes, for a bunch of stoners, you're all FUCKING AGGRO!!!!" and tell them to chill out. We actually had to turn comments off on that one, that's how bananas it got. On a lighter note, we published a blast from the past devoted to the beloved "Dopey Fashion Poses" from Sassy. We really are kind of a continuation of the Sassy spirit in many ways, so it was fun to keep the brilliance alive. We also devoted a list to cartoon characters we'd make out with. I'm not so sure I'd make out with Howl anymore, but I'd still be locked in a closet with Kaiba any day.
TWO YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
We did an interview with our beloved Francesca Lia Block! Our little troika would probably not have been a troika if it wasn't for FLB in some way, so we were eternally grateful and asked her a few questions. We also published some cool pics I found of Joan Didion, and we also did a Superlative devoted to our personal collections of jewelry. It's kind of amazing to see that I don't have most of the jewelry that I showed: either it broke, I lost it, or I just gave it away. I still have the silver cuff, the horse pin and the Art Deco-y earrings, but everything else is lost to the vagaries of time and space. Also: Liz's jewelry was so pretty!
THREE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
We did LOTS of interviews with all sorts of cool people, like Girl Talk, Jenny Kwok of CUT + PASTE, Kime Buzzelli and Erin from Sodafine. LJ published a cool DIY decorating guide that is still way more applicable to my life than Design Sponge. Sigh. I wish I had my own apartment to decorate, instead of being essentially homeless at the moment. Sigh.
+ the nogoodforme Interview: Girl Talk
+ the nogoodforme Interview: Jenny Kwok of Cut + Paste
+ the nogoodforme Interview: Erin Weckerle of Sodafine
+ the nogoodforme Interview: Kime Buzzelli
+ Do-It-Yourself Decorating with Laura Jane
FOUR YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Four years ago I was in film school and spent my summers basically slaving away on movies. But I did manage to get a hot picture of Syd Barrett up, maybe as a harbinger of LJ's Syd obsession that would flower in the years to come.
SEVEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Let's just jump ahead to SEVEN years ago (years five and six ago had very little summer publishing of interest to me, proving that I was indeed holing up and hibernating from the sun.) Do you remember the whole metrosexual thing? Oh my god. Thank fucking God that is over. I never want to date a guy who spends more time fussing over his hairstyle than I do. I can't believe our culture supported this behavior!!! Back then, though, it was funny to contemplate, and I wrote a tongue-in-chic guide to turning your boyfriend into one. Eh, it was 2003 and I didn't know any better.
Monday , June 28, 2010
The nogoodforme Wayback In Time Machine: Guides to the Kinks and Red Lipstick, Pretty Pics of Pretty Rock Stars, Fashion-Centric Vids + When We Did Interviews With People Like St. Vincent
You know, normally we don't live in the past, but sometimes it's fun to raid our archives and rediscover stuff that even *we* forgot that we wrote. I mean, there have been MILLIONS of words written here! Lots to dig up! Anyway: here's what was up with us on the last week of June/first few days of July--one, two, three, even four years ago. CRAZY.
A YEAR AGO
LJ gives you a beginner's initiation into the wonderful world of the Kinks, which eventually lead to Ray Davies' induction into our Style Icons series. I was obsess-o about red lipstick and I thought pictures from amazeballs photog Tim Walker were super-pretty. I still think they are, but I'm over red lipstick. I discovered red lipstick is just too much responsibility for this woman, like cleavage and relationships that occur in close proximity to my physical location within a continuous period of time. I'm working on that last bit, but if that doesn't pan out, I may have to wield my red lipstick powers once again. And where was Liz Barker? She was probably surfing the ocean blue. That Liz Barker, she's so magical!
TWO YEARS AGO
It was more fashion news-y stuff at this point, but we did combine our YouTube sleuth skills with our love of stylee and made a list of our favorite fashion-centric videos. Would we still pick the same ones now? Also kind of funny to note that we hadn't color-coded our subheads yet. Who knew that I'd love bright, punchy yellow-orange so much?
THREE YEARS AGO
We did interviews! With people like St. Vincent and lovelies like Tara from SWANClothing! What do you think? Should we try to do more interviews again? Who would you want us to ask impertinent questions of and get style and music tips from?
FOUR YEARS AGO
Did you know that Liz is responsible for all the Jenny Lewis content in this blog? She is! I think she gets the trophy for the first unicorn mention as well. That Liz Barker! I told you, she's so magical!
Tuesday , May 11, 2010
OUT NOW: "Daria: The Complete Animated Series" on DVD!
A balm for droll, disaffected girls too smart for the moronicity of high school (and ergo, the rest of the world), the character of Daria Morgendorffer won my heart in the late 90s with her dry NPR-on-sarcasm voice, bitingly brainy point-of-view, and aggressive brand of apathy. No one could just refuse better than Daria, whether she was cutting down her popular sister Quinn or dealing with Beavis and Butt-head's shenanigans. "Daria" started as a spinoff of "Beavis and Butt-head" but quickly became a pop culture entity in its own right, and the show made caustic wit and ironic affect the true accessories for any self-respecting grrrl back in the day. (One of my favorite Daria quote: "Edgy and icky are so hard to tell apart these days." Dude, THAT IS STILL SO TRUE!) Now the complete "Daria" DVD series is finally out, and I'm just happy to be able to hang out with Daria and her best friend Jane Lane once more (and catch a glimpse of Jane's brother, Trent, lead singer of Mystik Spiral and Daria's mega-crush.) All I have to say is: LIFE IS AWESOME ONCE AGAIN.
The episode where the holidays hide out with Daria and she wonders if they're part of "an alternative lifestyles parade":
And of course, the video for Mystik Spiral's "Freakin' Friends"!
And more Mystik Spiral, because it's just too g-damn funny!
Tuesday , July 14, 2009
Blast from the Past: Sassy's "Dopey Fashion Poses"
Someone on my Twitter feed Twitpic-ed this the other day, and I sweetly sighed for my youth gone by. None of these poses seem all that dopey to me anymore, which is funny, maybe. My favorite is the "Garfield on the car window," mostly because it makes me want to put a Garfield on my car window. My second favorite is the "dry shampoo," which makes me want to dry shampoo.
Sunday , May 17, 2009
A Look Back at Dirty Dancing: Some Very Important Things We Failed to Pick Up On at Age 10
Last week, for the first time in at least ten years, I watched Dirty Dancing in its entirety. It's still really good! Frances "Baby" Houseman is one of the toughest teen-movie female leads I can think of; she's brainy and quietly sassy and takes no guff, even at the risk of coming off like a total stick-in-the-mud every now and again. And I dig that they chose pre-nose-job Jennifer Grey instead of having some conventionally hot actress rip off her glasses and let her hair down halfway through the movie. On the contrary, Baby's transformation is impressively subtle; she basically just starts wearing lipstick and doing that thing where you roll up the bottom of your t-shirt and then pull it through your neckline to achieve a rugged, down-home kind of sluttiness. Fierce!
Another thing about Dirty Dancing is it's not very dirty. It took me a while to convince my mom to let me see it, since all moms in the world were sure it was going to be The Raciest Movie Ever and possibly the ruin of every girl who "came of age" in the late '80s. Now it seems pretty sweet and tame, even with all the grinding and talk of "balling" (eww - I'm so glad that word means something else these days). In celebration of the movie's 22nd anniversary, which will take place about three months from now, here's a few more observations on Dirty Dancing:
1. MRS. SCHUMACHER IS SO THE STAR OF THE SHOW
What a little spitfire! Who would've guessed that this itty-bitty giggly grandma was wanted for theft in multiple states? Mrs. Schumacher was actually my number-one inspiration for this post, sort of: A little while back Rich gave her props on an installment of "Pot Psychology", and since then I've been hoping to spill the contents of my handbag all over the place just so I can sigh, "Such junk...such junk...!" Rich's impression is really good, FYI, and you should watch it right now (starting at around 0:28 of the vid below):
2. "NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER" IS NOT THE MOST QUOTABLE LINE IN THE MOVIE - NOT EVEN CLOSE
Neither is "I carried a watermelon," or "Go back to your playpen...Baby." In general, when quoting mega-popular movies, the more obscure the line, the greater the comedy factor. (For instance, never reference the Bill and Ted movies by shouting, "EXCELLENT!" or "69, dude!" - always go with a delightedly surprised, "I totally possessed my dad!" instead.) So next time you're out with a hot dude and he pulls some crazy stunt on par with bashing open a car window with a log, remember to throw your huge hair back and scream "You're WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILD!!!!" Then he will finally like you! Also, refer to all trampy married women as "bungalow bunnies," even if they don't live in bungalows. I myself live in a bungalow, and I promise not to be offended by the notion that all bungalow-dwellers are shameless tarts.
Fun fact: I totally own a "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner" t-shirt; it's marbley-grey and soooo soft and I wear it around the house so much, my UPS man probably think it's the only shirt in my entire wardrobe. Dirty Dancing t-shirts + yoga pants: the uniform of freelance champions.
3. LISA'S A-OKAY
Yes, we all laugh when she sings her shitty rendition of "Hula Hana of Kamana Whala Hula Bay", and it's so bitchy when she tells Baby: "You wouldn't care if I humped the entire army, as long as they were on the right side of the Ho Chi Minh Trail." But at the end of the day Lisa's got a good heart, and - as I try to convince my little sister whenever we fight about whether or not Sharon Cherski is a big lame-o - that's all that really matters. I'm glad she didn't lose it to Robbie the Creep, and I hope she and Billy ended up getting together and opening up a divey beach bar on the Jersey Shore, or something. I also really dig the part when she goes, "Where is my beige IRIDESCENT LIPSTICK??!" because (a) I'm so the type of girl who's always losing stuff and then going all aggro-whiny on everybody when I can't find it, and (b) beige iridescent lipstick actually sounds kind of awesome.
by Liz in Nostalgia
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Thursday , March 12, 2009
Random Video Entry: That One Girl in Those Terence Trent D'Arby Videos Do you remember the first time you ever were like, "I WANT THAT GIRL'S LOOK!" Not just a "Hmmm, she looks cool" kind of way, but in a serious fashion-manic craving manner that feels like a cross between a minor heart attack and an appendix breaking? For me back in the day, it was totally the chick in Terence Trent D'Arby's "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Name" videos -- I thought her carelessly disheveled bob, leather jacket, dark lipstick and black dress were the height of awesome way back in the day. Funny thing is, I watched these recently and still think she looks beautifully elegant. Looking back on it now, these videos probably primed me in some oblique way to fall in love with French-y Godardian movie chic once that landed in my world years later. "Wishing Well": And "Sign Your Name": Three more things: 1. Wow, Terence Trent D'Arby (or rather, Sananda Maitreya as he calls himself these days) was super-pretty. 2. The record these songs are from -- Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby -- is still incredible, 20 years later. It will probably never be resurrected in any hipster way, but the whole thing is full of modern yet gorgeously timeless neo-soul music that doesn't really have any equivalent now. 3. "Wishing Well" popped up super-loud on my headphones a few days ago, and this stunning, regal lady standing next to me on the subway totally bopped her head and gave me a thumbs-up. That's why I love New York, dudes.
Thursday , March 12, 2009
Random Video Entry: That One Girl in Those Terence Trent D'Arby Videos
Do you remember the first time you ever were like, "I WANT THAT GIRL'S LOOK!" Not just a "Hmmm, she looks cool" kind of way, but in a serious fashion-manic craving manner that feels like a cross between a minor heart attack and an appendix breaking? For me back in the day, it was totally the chick in Terence Trent D'Arby's "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Name" videos -- I thought her carelessly disheveled bob, leather jacket, dark lipstick and black dress were the height of awesome way back in the day. Funny thing is, I watched these recently and still think she looks beautifully elegant. Looking back on it now, these videos probably primed me in some oblique way to fall in love with French-y Godardian movie chic once that landed in my world years later.
And "Sign Your Name":
Three more things: 1. Wow, Terence Trent D'Arby (or rather, Sananda Maitreya as he calls himself these days) was super-pretty. 2. The record these songs are from -- Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby -- is still incredible, 20 years later. It will probably never be resurrected in any hipster way, but the whole thing is full of modern yet gorgeously timeless neo-soul music that doesn't really have any equivalent now. 3. "Wishing Well" popped up super-loud on my headphones a few days ago, and this stunning, regal lady standing next to me on the subway totally bopped her head and gave me a thumbs-up. That's why I love New York, dudes.