Monday, 8 June 2009

Because every movement needs a theme song

We at The Bluestocking commend Susan Boyle on a brilliant showing; for being true to herself; for ignoring adversity (step 2, incidentally); and for not going overboard with her makeover... which was, in case you haven't found the right words, a study in sensible, understated elegance.

Wouldn't she be fabulous as the Official Voice of the Bluestockings? Now we just need a strong, postmodern anthem for her to own. I have thoughtfully provided a selection from which to choose, some of which may be a bit more postmodern than others:

"Children of the Revolution" by T. Rex

"I Am What I Am" from La Cage aux Folles

"Galileo" by the Indigo Girls (I'm not sure if Ms. Boyle would be interested in indie folk-rock, but it couldn't hurt to ask.)

"Star" by Erasure

"Love is a Battlefield," or "We Belong," or pretty much anything else that comes out of Pat Benatar's mouth.

"Stronger" by Britney Spears (Hey, now. Let's not give up on Britney. She hasn't flashed the paparazzi in ages.)

"When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago

"Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" from Damn Yankees (My friend Sarah told me not to include this one, but I totally think it could work.)

That song at the end of The Wicker Man that the villagers sing while waiting for Edward Woodward to catch on fire.

Something by U2. Probably from The Joshua Tree.

What other songs would you suggest? Keeping Ms. Boyle's signature sound in mind, I've focused primarily on showtunes and pop numbers that translate best when belted at the top of one's lungs, but do feel free to explore other genres.


  1. Something from the Cocteau Twins or Kate Bush or, dare I say it, Danielle Dax. (And now I've totally relived my 1990's.)

  2. Hmm. Honorary Bluestocking though I am, I can't help feeling that SuBo isn't quite as good as everyone maintains: in particular she is very obviously slightly brain-damaged and rather unstable. Not sure that gives the 'Bluestocking' vibe, myself.

  3. I agree that Boyle's not the greatest performing sensation of all time, but I do admire her preseverance.

  4. I think part of being a Bluestocking is not being what people expect you to be. SB is not the loser people thought she was when she got up onstage. And even though they thought that, she still got up on stage. She's also not the ready-made famous person people assumed she was going to become because she wasn't the loser they thought she was. And she's still singing.

    And it would be cool for someone to give Danielle Dax some props.

  5. That song at the end of the Wicker Man has a name:
    Sumer is Icumen in.

  6. Huh. I thought it was called "Oh, Lord! Oh, Jesus Christ! AAAAAAIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!"

    But I may be confused.

  7. I thought "Oh, Lord! Oh, Jesus Christ! AAAAAAIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!" was the sound of St Theresa's orgasm. Whereas Sumer is icumen in is the sound of Nature's orgasm (slightly modulated by the sound of the bucke that verteth).