Everyone has their own justification as to why they hold a personal grudge with Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls
. Mine was a very subtle moment, one that had little, if any, impact on the episode's narrative. I hold Girls
wholly responsible for the popular boom of Swedish chick-duo Icona Pop. I get it, everyone with a somewhat refined taste in music claims to have their 'guilty pleasure', whether it's 90s boy bands, The Carpenters, or hell, we'd even understand Taylor Swift. But this girl party obsession with Icona Pop must come to an end.
Icona Pop's most iconic and popular song (see what I did there?) "I Love It" was featured on Girls
third episode of Season 2, called "Bad Friends" on January 27th. Ever since, we haven't been able to escape the bad-girl retellings of a wild ladies night out. Before I go any further ... How the hell do you crash your car into a bridge? I know, I know, you don't care, but it's hard to believe unless your car is a fucking schooner.
And I totally get the song's popularity. It's catchy as hell. I'm sure in the past eight months there's footage of me cuttin' a rug to the tune at some wedding, but that doesn't change the fact that Icona Pop are brutally bad. This super anthemic song was actually written by our favorite Brit badass Charli XCX
, who says it was penned in 30 minutes. Not to mention, it sounds like Chaz has the most prominent voice on the song, although she's listed as the featured artist. So yeah, essentially, this song was scrapped from her own debut True Romance
, and she gave it to Icona Pop, and Lena Dunham featured it in a scene that probably showed her boobs (that's enough already!), and now it plays everywhere.
Here's the scene that started it all...
Knew it. Mesh shirt boobs. WOOF!
Charli XCX wrote their first hit, so it wasn't really a profound surprise when the new single off their debut full-length, This Is...Icona Pop
, tapped into the work of other artists, as well. The song "Girlfriend" reaches back into the work of Jay Z and Beyonce's "Bonnie and Clyde", which is in itself a borrow of Tupac's "Me and My Girlfriend". Bravo! You made an unimaginative anthem that a stadium of drunk college girls will easily follow since they've heard it all before in other songs, and the "na, na, na, na" additions aren't that tough to follow, even for the average American sorority boozer.
Oh yeah, and here's the latest gem, "All Night"...
So their songs all sound the same, and of course they're going to sound the same if that's what will make them money. However, I find Girls
responsible for bridging the gap. I'm certain if this song had never appeared in the episode, credible sources of 'indie' music news would be treating these kegger howls like the Icona Poop they really are. I'll allow my robot friend to explain...