Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Violent Vickie's "Fuck You!!!!!" Joins Wave of Local Anti-Gentro Rock

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

click to enlarge Violent Vickie plays Saturday at Hemlock Tavern.
  • Violent Vickie plays Saturday at Hemlock Tavern.

Whatever your thoughts on the forces changing San Francisco, there's a growing wave of music that is loudly opposed to them -- to change, to wealth, to techies, to Google buses, to, well, a lot of things. It almost feels like a burgeoning sonic movement, despite the stylistic differences. There's the synth-punk outfit Pow!, whose infamous press release from Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer helped start a conversation about what's happening to music in this city. There's the gutter-psych of CCR Headcleaner, who persist in S.F. despite of the difficulties of living here.

And there is Violent Vickie, a "queer feminist multimedia electro-punk" band from S.F. and Oakland. If older cuts like "City for the Rich" aren't clear enough, Violent Vickie just posted a new song with Parae called "Fuck You!!!!!" that indicts, well, pretty much everything. It's the latest salvo in S.F. musicians' battle to hang on in this city. And even if we don't agree completely with the sentiment, it definitely makes for bracing, bruising listening:

The lyrics, in case you have trouble making them out:

fuck you to yr landlord

fuck you to yr big boss

fuck you to yr fucking trick

fuck you to yr husband

fuck u fuck u fuck u fuck u

fuck u to yr CEO

fuck u to yr corporation

fuck you to yr fucking pimp

fuck you to yr john john

fuck u fuck u fuck u fuck u

fuck u to yr credit card

fuck u to yr pawn shop

fuck u to yr shark loan

fuck you to yr storage space

fuck u fuck u fuck u fuck u

fuck u to yr health care

fuck u to yr fucking job

fuck u to yr big boss

fuck u to yr sugar daddy

fuck u fuck u fuck u fuck u

fuck u to yr dic pics

fuck u to yr google bus

fuck you to yr techies

fuck u to yr housing

fuck u fuck u fuck u fuck u

and what i want is total freedom

and what i want is total freedom

Sounds to us like a song that'd sound great on a compilation next to, say, Pow's "Hi-Tech Boom." What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in sheer brutality of message.

Violent Vickie performs this Saturday, Feb. 15, at Hemlock Tavern with Aa, Wand, and Alan Watts. It should be a perfect chaser to all that Valentine's Day sweetness -- and a good chance to let out any angst about what's happening in S.F. these days.

-- @iPORT

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