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10 Teen Pop Songs With Decidedly Disturbing Lyrics

Alice Bolin recently wrote an excellent essay for The Toast about just how disturbing Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” is if you really stop and think about the lyrics. Not the chorus, specifically, or the weird pseudo-religious video — no, just the air of loneliness and sadness that surrounds the lyric in general. It evokes the sort of desperate hunger of teen love, which is appropriate enough given that Spears was only 18 when she sang it. But anyway, its catchy tune belies its generally depressing lyrics — and really, when you think about it, there are plenty of pop songs that fit this description. Here’s a selection of the most disturbing. … Read More

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2013’s Best Books to Give as Gifts

If you’ve got a coffee table or bank account big enough to collect all of them, 2013 was a pretty fine year for beautifully packaged books that were interesting reads, but could also make any room look smarter. For those of you who plan to give books as gifts this holiday season, we’ve collected some excellent options published within the past 12… Read More

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15 Photos That Capture Famous Romances

A picture tells a thousand words — and photos of famous couples throughout pop culture history can tell us more about their relationship than all the tabloids, biographies, and interviews put together. Photography may be a two-dimensional medium, but passion and intimacy cannot be contained by paper alone. A new book featuring rare photos of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin is a fine example of this, and it inspired us to search for pictures that tell the story of other famous… Read More

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The 20 All-Time Best Lyrics About Sex

Last week, we ran a feature on some of the most ridiculous and cringe-inducing lyrics about sex that pop music has given us over the years. A couple of commenters asked whether we’d be running a similar feature about good lyrics on the same subject, and the answer is “yes, definitely,” and in the pursuit of egalitarianism, we have indeed gathered a list of some of our favorite lyrics about… Read More

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A Selection of the Flat-Out Dirtiest Songs in the History of Music

The good folk at Dangerous Minds are great at unearthing amazing YouTube rarities, and they outdid themselves last week with a 1971 performance by Ike and Tina Turner, which goes down in history as one of the most subtly filthy live performances we’ve ever seen — it’s basically one long allusion to oral sex, with Tina spending most of her time doing very, very suggestive things to the microphone, and while Ike’s ophidian glare still gives us the creeps, he does make some glorious slurping noises into his own mic. The crowd clearly knows exactly what’s going on, sniggering throughout, and the whole thing’s a testament to just how filthy music could be, even in an era that was still comparatively conservative. Anyway, the spectacle got us thinking about our favorite dirty songs, the best of which we have shared after the jump. Don’t play these while your boss is around. Obviously. … Read More

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The Most Controversial Music Videos of All Time

An exhibition opening April 3 at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate music videos as an art form at the “forefront of creative technology, its role in pushing the boundaries of innovative production, its important role as an experimental sandbox for filmmakers, and its lasting effects on popular culture globally.” This news got us thinking about the boldest images from music videos — those works that helped break the barriers of censorship and became the most controversial of all time. Click through to see ten music videos (many of them NSFW) that pushed the envelope and made… Read More

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10 of the Most Romantic Movies You Haven’t Seen

The world is getting another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel whether it wants it or not. Safe Haven, starring Julianne Hough as a mysterious woman with a dark secret who falls for a widower (Josh Duhamel), hits theaters on Valentine’s Day. The film joins paranormal teen tale Beautiful Creatures as one of several other romantic films celebrating the Hallmark holiday. Feeling like the occasion was a bit too obvious for our liking, we ventured off the beaten path to collect ten of our favorite romantic movies that don’t involve a sinking ocean liner, Meg Ryan, teen vamps, or the other usual saccharine suspects. See what strikes your fancy on our list, and feel free to leave us a love note about your favorite films. … Read More

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Excellent Photos of Awesome Musicians Hanging Out Together

One of our favorite features run by our friends at excellent UK website The Quietus is their regular excerpts from the Rock’s Back Pages archive. They recently exhumed an old article from the NME, wherein Nick Cave, Shane MacGowan, and Mark E. Smith held a “summit” at a south London pub. As it turns out, we happen to own this exact NME – we found it for $1 in a second-hand record shop years ago — and leafing through the article again got us thinking about similar great meetings of the minds that have been caught on film over the years. We’ve put together a gallery of some of our favorites, with grateful acknowledgment for the title and a few of the shots to the wonderful Tumblr Awesome People Hanging Out Together. … Read More

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10 of the Grossest Music Videos Ever Made [NSFW]

It’s been quite a year for the Flaming Lips — they’ve released something pretty much every month, including a 24-hour song and an EP in a gummy bear skull. And, of course, they’ve managed to thoroughly piss off Erykah Badu by releasing an unapproved cut of the video for “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” The video understandably caused quite a stir, given that it involved Badu’s sister Nayrok sitting stark naked in bathtubs full of glitter, blood, and a substance that looked like it was supposed to be semen. After Badu went public with her concerns about the video, it was expunged from the Internet — so with the album from which the song is taken, namely The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, finally getting a proper release this week — we thought we’d round up some other, um, challenging videos for your viewing pleasure. Like most Flaming Lips videos, these are all pretty NSFW, but as far as we’re aware, they were made with the full consent of all involved. … Read More

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Unexpected Pixel Portraits of Pop Culture Figures

An artist introduced to us by HouHouHaHa who goes by the moniker Carré Offensif — which amusingly translates to “offensive square” — enjoys blurring the boundaries between mythical pop figures, retro video games, and bold graphic design. Offensif’s pixel art takes aim at some of the usual suspects, but transforms a few unexpected figures — like Serge Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst’s Marie Antoinette — into total squares. Spotting Mike Tyson’s portrait makes us want to break out the NES and play some Punch-Out!!. See more colorful, boxy creations past the break. Warning: you won’t be able to unsee a nightmarish pixel version of Mick Jagger. We hope he doesn’t kiss his mother — or anyone else — with that mouth. … Read More

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