Normal History Vol. 709: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 39-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Well, I thought this song was pretty funny with its Kenny Rogers “Don’t Take Your Love To Town” reference. I don’t recall too many people mentioning that they thought I was funny within the context of the band, but maybe that’s because there was an overarching impression that feminists aren’t funny. At least, not in music reviews.

This reminds me of a campaign launched to get motorcyclists to wear helmets. The fact that helmets saved lives was evidently not working, maybe because this demographic was one inclined to take risks. Evidently the ad agency produced ads that made helmets look cool. It worked. Helmets became cool.

Am I promoting the age of hilarity in feminist punk bands? Sure! Why not? “Ruby-Lucille, you picked a fine line to wheel.”

Step Into My Sphere” from Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1997) (download):