Aside from giving us an upscale
yard stoop sale, a work-induced coke binge and a trip to the drug store in an unfortunately-colored mesh tank top, this week’s Girls gave us Icono Pop and Charli XCX’s “I Love It,” a song that Rolling Stone affectionately called a “euro slut club jam” when it named it one of the 50 Best Songs of 2012. The thumping tune played at the height of the episode, when Lena Dunham’s Hannah and her gay ex-boyfriend/current roommate, Elijah were at the height of their said coke-binge, dancing unapologetically at a raging NYC nightclub. They sang along to the bridge:
You’re on a different road,
I’m in the Milky Way
You want me down on Earth
But I am up in Space,
You’re so damn hard to please
We gotta kill this switch,
You’re from the Seventies
But I’m a 90s b****.
This song fits Hannah 1000 times better than that sad, sad half shirt Elijah suggested she wear out on the town. She’s out of college, navigating the real world and figuring out how she wants to live her life – parents be damned.
Girls has a way of using music unlike any show I’ve seen. They choose songs with lyrics that weave in so perfectly, no dialogue needs to be said. Take for instance, the second episode of last season when Hannah finds out that she has contracted HPV. She spends the episode harping on about who gave it to her and blaming everyone but herself. But through her trials and tribulations she learns to embrace her current situation, deciding that being a tad more carefree makes her life that much more exciting. As she sums up her day by typing the phrase, “All adventurous girls do,” into her Twitter feed, Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” cues up from her playlist and she knows she’ll be OK.
As a pop culture junkie, I’m a little embarrassed I didn’t know these songs before Lena Dunham brought them into my life (truth is, I’m more of a Beyonce Skank than a Euro Slut.) But it’s all about context. More likely than not, I have heard them — I just needed a story to appreciate them.
Full disclosure – I’m a Hannah (albeit without HPV). I live in New York, I can just make out the smell of Natty Light from my college days and I’m still trying to figure out where I belong in this world. Do these songs speak to you as much as they speak to me? Are they just helping to shape the episode rather than speak to a generation of girls like the girls in Girls? Tell me – Am I looking too much into it? Or am I just a 90s B****?
While you’re at it, vote in today’s poll: Which club jam featured on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Songs of 2012 is your favorite?
DeadMau5 – “The Veldt”
Grimes – “Oblivion”
Skrillex feat. Sirah – “Bangarang
The Two Bears – “Bear Hug”