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'Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)' by The Raveonettes

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The Raveonettes: Eerie And Echo-Drenched

The Raveonettes: Eerie And Echo-Drenched

'Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)' by The Raveonettes

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The Raveonettes' "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)" may be a blunt indictment of the crime, but its sound is by no means blunt: Like much of the Danish duo's catalog, the song mixes Jesus and Mary Chain-style fuzz and girl-group pop with an affected, slightly remote sensibility. It recalls The Magnetic Fields' excellent "California Girls," a sunny-sounding tune whose words enumerate a murderous fantasy. Only "California Girls" is tongue-in-cheek, whereas the intent here feels considerably more ominous.

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  • Song: "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)"
  • Artist: The Raveonettes
  • CD: In and Out of Control
  • Genre: Rock

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The Raveonettes' "Boys Who Rape" may be a blunt indictment of the crime, but its sound is by no means blunt.

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Over spare, reverb-y guitar, Sharin Foo sings in a high-pitched voice that's both icy and elfin, describing the victim's experience — "You hope that it's a bad dream" — and calling out the "f—-ers" who rape. In the chorus, the duo's echo-glazed harmonies have never sounded eerier, while the coda finds the two singing the title amid Beach Boys-style "ba-ba-ba"s.The girl-group pop of the '60s did take on dark subjects, of course;¬ just Google "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)." Reminding listeners of that fact may or may not have been part of the point, but the main idea remains clear: The hate shines through, even amid the cushy sonics.

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Album
In and Out of Control
Artist
The Raveonettes
Label
Fierce Panda
Released
2009

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