BlackboxRed – The Runner, The Ghost and Miley Cyrus

Last week 3voor12 gave attention to Miley Cyrus in a long in-depth article. The coming-of-age of the former child star, her nudity as a sales product, American prudence, rape culture and the apparent shocking appearance of the young country-blooming-into-a-middle-of-the-road-r&b-pop singer. A fine long read of well-balanced pop sociology, I must add. But if they were to write an article about shocking videos, they had better pay attention to ‘Stripper’ by BlackboxRed instead of jumping on the commercial PR bandwagon following the chapter How To Get The Media Working For Us, paragraph 1.1; Female Nudity of a reasonable-but-surely-not-brilliant singer’s propaganda machine.

I heard you on the wireless back in Fifty Two.
Lying awake intent and tuning in on you.
If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through.

Because that video ís is deep, dark, erotically shocking. Nudity or close to nudity in pop-performance: been there, done that, boring. Sex movements on stage by an artist (well over her prime): has been done, was nothing arousing about it back then. Surely isn’t now, no matter how often you breathlessly emote Like a virgin. A stripping female serial killer erotically dancing on a tempting noise rock anthem, whilst ripping a heart out: new territory in pop/rock music and strangely arousing (guess we have all become a bit sick thanks to Dexter). And no, we are not talking about a black/death/gore/grind/anything vulgar metal band, Blackboxred creates catchy and bluesy noise rock with a poppy hint. Nothing quite vulgar about that.


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