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Music

Record Machine: “I Don’t Wanna Be Around You” by The Innocence

Before flipping through my dad’s box of 45s, acquired mainly in his junior high years, I’d never heard of The Innocence. The “Kama Sutra Music” label is what first caught my attention. Listening to the “There’s Got to be a Word” single and its B-side, “I Don’t Wanna Be Around You,” provided no additional illumination.

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Music

Record Machine: The Monkees vs. The Beatles

Although my father was partially responsible for my great love for music, and the compulsive collecting therein, his tastes would often surprise and amuse me. Perhaps the most amusing revelation is that he had a greater nostalgic love for The Monkees than he did The Beatles.

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Feminism

Girl Power: Lessons in Feminism From the Spice Girl Era

“Girl Power!” Did you know? In terms of record sales, Spice Girls are still the best-selling female group of all time? You gotta give it up to Baby, Posh, Scary, Sporty and Ginger. They totally had it going on. Although their message was broadcast to the world from a bubble gum pop princess girl group […]

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Open Thread

Because We Want To! OT for 12/14

I am a Whovian, and I have loved pretty much every companion, for different reasons. But I have a soft spot for Rose, not because the Doctor loved her, but because Billie Piper makes me laugh so hard. Mostly, to be honest, at her career.

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Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Shanica Knowles

When I first heard Shanica Knowles sing, I knew that this girl had pipes. What I didn’t know was that she was a pro and has been doing this all her life, from her beginnings at Showtime at the Apollo to her now-rising star as a musician.