Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pulp: Common People

Tip of the hat to J for successfully teaching me what the premise of this song by Pulp is actually all about.
So, it took me a while to ‘get’ what "Common People" is all about. But I think I sort of got it now.
If you have not heard this before, give this uber-hip band a chance. They were cool long before 'cool' was defined on this side of the pond.
And, might I also suggest that you check out William Shatner's cover of "Common People". No, it's not a joke. Yes, I have it and I do like it.

Often, in my own work and research in the realm of the Middle Ages and Gender Theory, I talk about the 'gaze.' I try to capture it visually the way it is captured in 0.21 in this video.
I only became aware of it after it was pointed out to me.
Of course, I concur. Maybe I need to capture a new, slightly less geeky gesture to capture such a concept.
I'm open to suggestions, of course.

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JJ said...

Ah, yes. The gaze with the fingers around the eye. I say, why mess with perfection?!

JJ said...

The Shatner version is a-ok!

Tina said...

Why do I think I get the conundrum here?
The easiest things to get and process are the common right, yes?

dave said...

The lyrics of this song are really, really good!
...well, I 'll see what I can do....

John said...

I somehow don't see you not espousing gesticulation when explaining gender to folk. I reckon you did the eye thing before Pulp, ja?

Jamie said...

Oh, a nice re-visitiation. Pulp Rock.
Gendered before the word became cool on 'this side of the pond.'

Anonymous said...

Keep the eye thing. I concur. ;)

Anonymous said...

Keep the eye thing. I concur. ;)

Becca said...

I loved this.
Sweet note. Pulp's music is, at times, underrated, I find. But then again, I'm a fan. :)