janelle monae tightrope


I have looked forward to writing this post for months, MONTHS you guys, even before I started outlining this whole One Week One Band week. 

Now that it’s here it’s all I can do not to devolve into a puddle on the floor. A puddle which tries hard to be Profound and talk about the Symbolism and Impact and What This Video Meant For Janelle Monáe as An Artiste. A puddle which really works to dissect Palace of the Dogs, gallows humour, and the way the video hints at the duality of the myth of the crazy creator along paired with a social stigma around real mental illness. A puddle which makes Footloose references punctuated with cool asides about Katherine Hepburn and Meshes of the Afternoon and the symbolism of all those mirrors. A puddle which says smart things about the catchy rhythms, the way this song functions equally poignantly in Metropolis and Aughts celebrity culture and one’s personal life.

But ultimately just a puddle which mostly sits [lies? pools? pudds?] there and emanates squeeeeeeeee sounds.

Because this video was not just one of my first interactions with Monáe’s art, it wasn’t just there at a seminal time in my life [look we can talk about this some time over beers, but as a queer person who was just leaving a social group in which seeing/showing women’s legs was a sin, here was this beautiful woman in menswear just dancing around and LOOK AT HER MOVE and UM WHAT ARE THESE FEELS and I JUST WANT TO THAT COOL SO MUCH and ZOMFGSQYEEEAEEEE] … 

Sorry. Puddling. 

I’ve started and restarted this post about 8 times and that’s the furthest I get without that happening. 

I’m a professional human who takes pride in being able to engage in fandom and everything that means, while still being able to separate all those feels and be objective in my work. But sometimes you just turn into an aforementioned puddle of squee. 

What I’m trying to say is, we all have our Kryptonite, except sometimes that’s a good thing which turns us into squee-puddles, and this video is one of those things.

Watch the video, and if you don’t smile, if you don’t enjoy, if you don’t tap your foot and wish for reverse-saddle shoes and moves like that, then you’re not a human, you’re not an android, you’re not an alien; I don’t know what you are, but check yourself into a research lab, we have discovered a new life form.

Electric Radch

A just and beneficial fanmix.

  • 90′s Anime Opening Theme - In Our Blood (Fenech-Soler)
  • Skaaiat / Awn - Tightrope (Janelle Monae, ft. Big Boi)
  • Anaander / Awn - Strong Hand (CHVRCHES)
  • Awn / One Esk - Roads (Portishead)
  • Breq / Anaander - Gun (CHVRCHES)

  • Mercy of Kalr / Breq - Say My Name (ODESZA, ft. Zyra)
  • Seivarden / Breq - Jolie coquine (Caravan Palace)
  • Ekalu / Seivarden - Moonsea (Phildel)
  • Tisarwat / Anaander - Time Is Running Out (Muse)
  • The Decades / Mercy of Kalr - Shelter (Porter Robinson, Madeon)

  • Sword of Atagaris / Hetnys - Dirty Laundry (Bitter:Sweet)
  • Sphene / Minask - Backdrifts (Radiohead)
  • Queter / Raughd - Kill V. Maim (Grimes)
  • Dlique / Zeiat - Livin’ In The Sunlight, Lovin’ In The Moonlight (Tiny Tim)
  • Athoek Station / Uran - Many Moons (Janelle Monae)
  • The Republic of Two Systems - Burn - Magic Man Remix (Ellie Goulding)


{21st century music inspired by songs of the past}

KEEN (music inspired by 1950’s and 60’s doo wop, soul, and bubblegum pop)
01.valerie-amy winehouse 02.shark in the water-vv brown 03.candyman-christina aguilera 04.pack up-eliza doolittle 05.tightrope-janelle monae 06.the sweet escape-gwen stefani 07.well well well-duffy 08.the rebounder-amanda jenssen 09.freezing-mozella 10.credit-meghan trainor 11.queen of disaster-lana del rey 12.clumsy-fergie 13.daydreamin-ariana grande 14.god help the girl-god help the girl 15.why do you let me stay here?-she and him

GROOVY (music inspired by 1960’s and 70’s surf rock, psychedelic rock, and folk)
01.who have i become-best coast 02.elephant-tame impala 03.lonely boy-the black keys 04.paris (ooh la la)-grace potter and the nocturnals 05.ain’t no rest for the wicked-cage the elephant 06.let’s get high-edwarde sharpe and the magnetic zeros 07.texico bitches-broken social scene 08.ruin-cat power 09.edge-haim 10.kings-the pierces 11.the habit-lissie 12.barrowland ballroom-amy macdonald 13.the everlasting muse-belle and sebastian 14.my silver lining-first aid kit 15.romulus-sufjan stevens

FRESH (music inspired by 1980’s new wave, synthpop, and electropop)
01.shut up and dance-walk the moon 02.sons and daughters-negative youth feat. eve 03.girls-the 1975 04.uptight downtown-la roux 05.body work-tegan and sara 06.london queen-charli xcx 07.eleventh dimension-julian casablancas 08.all of you-betty who 09.gun-chvrches 10.every night i say a prayer-little boots 11.froot-marina and the diamonds 12.prime-allie x 13.serious-gwen stefani 14.one-sky ferreira 15.hang with me-robyn

DOPE {music inspired by 1990’s r&b, dance, and trip hop)
01.you know you like it-alunageorge 02.little things-tinashe 03.everlasting love-fifth harmony 04.extraordinary-clean bandit 05.boy-little mix 06.baby i-ariana grande 07.mr.president-pia mia 08.90’s music-kimbra 09.hideaway-kiesza 10.monks-frank ocean 11.and it was u-how to dress well 12.two weeks-fka twigs 13.comfortable-fola 14.goddess-banks 15.house of balloons/glass table girls-the weeknd

anonymous asked:

you should look up Cherri Bomb, they were an all girl punk group (they aren't together any more). too many faces and the pretender (a foo fighters cover) are great. Hey Violet is the current version of the band but with some guys in it also and a different genre

Thank you anon!!! I’m going to round up the suggestions thus far here, with thanks to you, first anon, @anemonensblog​, @candybarrnerd​, @frecklebombfic, and @serpensthesia​! I listened to whatever was on youtube first unless y’all mentioned specific songs, and linked to those, and I added some of my own. These were all so good??? There was not one thing I hated and it was really nice to listen to so many women’s voices and discover some new things??? You are all wonderful humans thank you!!

 Women Who Rock (for when certain pop star type men…do not)

J i m b o’ s    R e c o r d s: p l a y [x]

Acapella - Karmin // American Boy (feat. Kanye West) - Estelle // Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik // Blame It (feat. T-Pain) - Jamie Foxx // Bein’ Green - Kermit The Frog // Born This Way - Lady Gaga // Bow Chicka Wow Wow - Mike Posner // Brighter - Paramore // Burn It To The Ground - Nickelback // Change - Churchill // Come As You Are - Nirvana // Come And Get Your Love - Redbone // Curious - Emblem3 // Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t) - All Time Low // Dead Wrong - The Fray // Diamond Dogs -Beck // A Different Side Of Me - Allstar Weekend // Do You Wanna Touch Me - Joan Jett // The Draw - Bastille // Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. // Everybody Loves Me - One Republic // Everybody’s Watching Me (Uh Oh) - The Neighbourhood // Fall Away - The Fray // Flavour Of The Week - American Hi-Fi // Flaws - Bastille // Fuckin’ Perfect - P!nk  // Genie In A Bottle - Christina Aguilera // Go The Distance - Hercules // Guns For Hands - Twenty One Pilots // Hear Me - Imagine Dragons // Heathens - Twenty One Pilots // Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros // Hopeless Wanderer - Mumford & Sons // How To Be A Heartbreaker - Marina and the Diamonds // Human - Christina Perri // I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2 // I’m Still Here - Johnny Rzeznik // In My Veins - Andrew Belle // In Too Deep - Sum 41 // Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars // Keep On Bringing Me Down - Forever The Sickest Kids // Kick Me - Sleeping With Sirens // Lane Boy - Twenty One Pilots // Lonely Boy - The Black Keys // Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ - Journey // Mary - The Death Riders // Missing You - All Time Low // Movin’ Out - Bon Jovi // No Curtain Call - Maroon 5 // Oh Daddy - Fleetwood Mac // Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray // Pour Some Sugar On Me - Deaf Leppard // Real World - The All American Rejects // Run This Town (feat. Rhianna) - Jay-Z // Scheiße - Lady Gaga // Second Hand News - Fleetwood Mac // Seven Nation Army (Remix) - The Glitch Mob // Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon // Singing In The Rain/Umbrella - Glee Cast // Sleepsong - Bastille // Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana // Somebody To Die For - Hurts // Tequila Sunrise - Emblem3 // Tightrope - Janelle Monae // Time After Time - Quietdrive // Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me - Rocky Horror Picture Show // Vagabond - Misterwives // W.D.Y.W.F.M. - The Neighbourhood // Womanizer - Britney Spears // You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring

I wanna get better
put on your war paint (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

uptown funk - mark ronson ft. bruno mars // tightrope - janelle monae // it’s oh so quiet - lucy woodward // work this body - walk the moon // blank space - taylor swift // everybody talks - neon trees // steal my girl - one direction // fluorescent adolescent - arctic monkeys // paradise by the dashboard light - meat loaf // chelsea dagger - the fratellis // uma thurman - fall out boy // we are golden - mika // sing - ed sheeran // love runs out - onerepublic // i wanna get better -bleachers