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Live Video: MEN – Who Am I To Feel So Free?

May 22, 2011

I didn’t even know that Rolling Stone mag did these live session videos and gathering from how little views some of these uploads have I guess I’m not the only one who’ll be surprised.

Of course, I don’t think MEN really speak to the average Rolling Stone reader, which probably also factors in to how criminally unwatched these performances are. They’ve only had about 2000 views in comparison to Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar’s 20,391 views. Or Mumford & Son’s 40,000 + views. Or even ‘Rolling Joints With Wiz Khalifa’ that has 91,000 views…

It’s really nice to hear such paired down versions of these songs, especially ‘Who Am I To Feel So Free’. It gives you a chance to listen to JD Samson’s lyrics that are so rife with gender politics and queer theory that it makes my little head implode. One of my favourite quotes from a review of their debut album Talk About Body has to come from The Quietus, where writer Emily Bick proclaimed:

“It’s been said before, but it’s fist-pumpingly good to see a feminist band taking MEN as their moniker after ideologically blank all-male bands proclaimed themselves ‘Girls’ and ‘Women’, presumably because all the best crystal- or wolf-related names were taken.”

Genius.

But anyway, watch all their RS performances here (including a little interview and a mini version of R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition’. Run for cover!):

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