Track of the Day: ‘Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)’ by The Raveonettes

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If someone put a gun to my head and asked me to name my favorite band, I would have to say The Raveonettes.  This Danish indie-rock duo is one of the most ambitious and fearless bands in the music industry today.  Sune Rose Wagner plays the guitar and Sharirn Foo is on the bass and sometimes dabbles in the tambourine.  They both split vocal duty, with Foo probably being the more recognizable voice.  Known for their brazenness both on and off the stage, Foo and Wagner have been known to speak their mind without much filter.  Some have criticized them for being cocky but when you are as good as they are, you can afford to be the cock of the walk.  There music is pretty hard to describe, I like to say that it is 50s-60s bubblegum rock in it’s structure and instrumentation except with an intense electric guitar and really dark lyrics.   Their songs often explore dark themes like crime, violence, lust, drugs, suicide, and rape.

Speaking of rape, today’s Track of the Day comes off their 2009 album In and Out of Control.  The song is called “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)”.  Yes it is called “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)”, something you have to admire.  I feel that any band who has a song called “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)” has a pair of brass balls and deserves a ton of credit.  The reason I am choosing this song is because of the recent rape cover up at Marquette.  Yes it killed me to read this story in the Chicago Tribune.  In an interview with betterPropaganda,  Foo explained the origins of the song: “It is from hearing stories from people that we know. That’s what it is, and also, it’s our way of making a bubblegum tragedy. It’s a tragedy, but then we apply the contrast. If you listen to the song it’s seem like an innocent, happy song, but then it becomes sort of bizarre because it is confrontational as an anti-rape song.”  Maybe they should make a song called “Schools who Ignore Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)”.

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