Friday, 15 March 2013

Traci Lords - Stupidville : Video & Single Review


The Traci Lords has come up with a new song and video as a soundtrack to the Steubenville Rape Case in Ohio which rocked the media recently after it got shadowed by more sensational news in 2012.

Following a guesting stint over at CNN, Traci debuted her single Stupidville accompanied by a specially-relevant video which lightly references the controversial case as well as igniting the public's awareness to the general crime of Rape. The singer has always been honest with her experience with abuse during her younger years so it isn't surprising that she steps up to give women a representation of sorts and become a social advocate. Born in Ohio, she feels compelled to be the voice of the abused and make people understand that her role isn't merely a coincidence as the crime also happened in the same state.  

 
The video only shows limited shots of the singer and mostly contains news footages, rape statistics, football games, the hacktivist Knightsec as well as a seemingly wholesome pseudo-Twilight couple which end up with the "Bella Swan" getting raped. It could qualify more as a campaign video than a mainstream pop clip but i love the raw treatment to bits; no commercialism and social pretensions present. The song itself isn't a pop ditty. It flirts with alternative pop-rock at most characterized by guitars and percussion. Traci sings of the woes of the victim... "Why should pretty girls be hated for what’s unholy? Is she anonymous enough? Does she escape the cliche? If she’s defined from where she’s born, will she be on display?" then goes all steadfast to represent the weak: "I’m getting thicker in the skin but my tolerance is weak. I’ll pull the trigger and begin so the others can speak."  The song's grittiness finds selective audience but with the proper remixes could very well be another Dance Club Play hit though with its theme and association with the case may have already gone its way to the public's hearts.


Vocals: 1, Production: 1, Lyrics: 2, Chorus Strength: 1, Mainstream Appeal: 1 = (6/10)





Watch the video for  Traci Lords - Stupidville






The assault of Bella Swan had to be cut from the theatrical release.












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