That Whorish Letter U


Earlier this week I caught the She & Him show at the Vista and I was beyond impressed by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward’s stage performance. I’ve already spoken of my love for them before, but after seeing them live I have been listening to their album Volume 1, nonstop [in between Morrissey and horny gangsta rap of course.]

The duo easily takes on a variety of genres, acting as tour guides of my childhood music nostalgia. Yes, I know Jenny Lewis already became that country-crooning indie princess we know and love, and Zooey not only masters that angle as well, but she also brings back 60′s girl group sound. And if there is anything I want to make a comeback it is 60′s girl group sound. It’s just what we need, isn’t it? And if it does become the in thing, where can I find two other ladies who will tease their hair and harmoniously “ooooh” with me just like the time I wanted to sing “Leader of the Pack” at the seventh grade talent show?

The real ultimate for me was their cover of Smokey Robinson’s “You Really Got a Hold on Me.” When I first heard that cover, I automatically visualized a red octopus grabbing a black dude with its tentacles. What the f, I know. Then I realized it was from a Sesame Street memory. With a little Goog, I found out it wasn’t an octopus at all, but that whorish letter “U” molesting Smokey himself.


That would always leave me feeling weird for some reason. Listen to She & Him’s version and tell me how that makes you feel.
She & Him – “You Really Got a Hold On Me”

EDIT: I figured out why I have that red octopus memory! It’s from this Beatles cartoon, instead with the song “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” Funny how memories fuse together like that!


1 Joelle { 05.01.08 at 5:32 am }

First, I love Zooey Deschanel. Love love. I noted her singing in “Elf” and was wondering if that was something she also did.

I had no idea about She & Him. I’m really digging this Smokey cover. I may have to further investigate the album. :)

By the way, I figured out we know each other because of Consumating. DUH. hahaha. We were like ‘why are you familiar…?’

2 melis { 05.01.08 at 7:36 am }

OMG! I totally forgot about that! (well maybe cause I was like 5 or something). It’s amazing that you remembered it! wow! brought back so many memories! that was awesome!

3 marie { 05.01.08 at 11:23 am }

@ joelle – Oh yes! I knew you were on Consumating but I wasn’t sure if I saw your blog first then saw you on there, a sort of chicken and the egg thing. :P

@melis- I told my bff Reyna about it last night and she totally remembered that episode too!

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