Shirley Manson & Peaches Discuss 'Fuck the Pain Away'



My memory has blurred the exact sequence of events when it comes to music discovery over time, but I’m fairly certain that “Fuck the Pain Away” is one of those songs that my very punk, very angsty, very cool high school sweetheart introduced me to early on in our relationship.

Like the myriad electroclash acts I discovered on late night rides through the suburbs with my ex – Le Tigre, Ladytron, CSS – it forever changed something in me after I heard it, and expanded the boundaries of my otherwise sparkly, sleek pop taste for the better. (I’m still thankful for all those late night cruises, too.)

In a world where a song like “WAP” is dominating the mainstream charts, “Fuck the Pain Away” might seem less shocking these days, but the delivery of that opening line alone still lands with the biggest, most intimidating thud of Big Dick/Wet Ass Pussy Energy twenty years later: “Suckin’ on my titties like you wanted me, callin’ me all the time like Blondie, check out my Chrissie behind…

It’s a gritty recording, and sounds like the roughest of demos…because it is. The electricity in the room of the original first-time live recording is magically preserved in its final form, perfectly bottling the song’s raw, effortlessly cool energy.

Much to our benefit, Shirley Manson, Garbage goddess, decided to explore the very song further with Peaches Nisker, the Fatherfucker and Feeler of Cream herself, as part of Shirley’s podcast The Jump, in which she talks with different artists about the “one song that changed everything.”

During their conversation, Peaches explained her signature song’s unlikely origin story – getting over a breakup in Toronto, starting life over again, working at a daycare! – and finding musical inspiration in Daft Punk, hip-hop and rock, as well as lyrical inspiration in flipping the script and throwing a middle finger to classic rock misogyny.

“I was super conscious of not being therapeutic that was victimizing or self-loathing. I wanted to use it as an empowerment – as a fuck you…fuck you to myself. You can lift yourself in a cool way,” Peaches said.

The two also talked about the $5 cassette tape recording that became the final version (“it ain’t broke, don’t fix…I’m never recording the song again”), and the song’s evolution from underground hit to an enduring and influential moment for the music industry, with record executives telling pop stars to be “20% Peaches,” and strip club owners demanding the song get pulled for being too “alienating.”

It’s a great conversation. So settle in, stay in school (’cause it’s the best), and listen. Fuck the podcast away…


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You know it, I know it, the world knows it: BLACKPINK‘s back in our areaaa later this month – and they’re officially bringing Selena Gomez along for the ride this time around.

As was already heavily speculated for weeks (and never actually denied by YG Entertainment), the special guest feature on the “Kill This Love” quartet’s forthcoming single is none other than the “Naturally” songbird herself, Mizz Selegendary Gomezmerizing. That Reverse Warholian Chromatic Expedition dream of “Even More Sour Candy (Sweeter, Angrier)” with Lady Gaga will just have to wait a little longer, I suppose…

The girls all made the announcement on Tuesday night (August 11) on their respective social media, and revealed that the song will debut on August 28 at midnight EST. It’s the second single to be taken from their forthcoming, eternally delayed debut studio album, which is called…The Album, and it’s out on October 2.

We’ll see! Let us join our hands (to ourselves) in a prayer circle – BLINKs and Selenators, together as one – and pray that this sounds something like…”A Year Without Boombayah,” or maybe “Playing With My Dilemma,” or perhaps “Forever Young Like a Love Song.”


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We don’t usually stan men around here. Admittedly however, I will always melt at the sight of Ricky Martin as it is – and whenever I see him with his artist husband, Jwan Yosef, there’s an innate urge within me to shriek “COUPLE GOALS!” like a middle school girl. (I mean, their house tour…)

There aren’t necessarily a ton of prominent, out-and-proud queer couples with families that feel super aspirational (for me personally, at least), but Ricky and Jwan are definitely one of the dream teams, as featured in the Family Issue of Out Magazine.

The two got married in 2017, and have four children together.

“Many years I dreamt of being a father, and many, many, many times I went through this grieving process of I am gay, I am a closeted gay man, and I’m not going to be able to be a daddy. Obviously adoption is an option and it’s very beautiful, but unfortunately for gay men it’s very difficult to adopt in some countries,” Ricky explained.

“I became a daddy when I was 35; it’s not the same thing when you’re 48. You need the energy! And I’m strong, trust me, I’m healthy—I’m carrying two babies at the same time and the stroller and the backpack—but it’s a lot. It’s a big responsibility.”

He also opened up about making new music amid the quarantine, and coping with the potentially very bleak reality of never touring again – at least, not in the same way.

“I went through this mourning process of me letting go of the possibility of ever performing in front of 20,000 people again. That’s what they were telling us. For me it was like, I don’t know how to do anything else. I always thought I was going to be able to do this as long as I wanted to— even if I looked ridiculous onstage at 70 years old with a cane, it was my option. But apparently that was no more,” he said.

Ricky released his appropriately titled Pausa – his first official EP – in May, which featured Sting, Bad Bunny and Carla Morrison among others, with a second EP, Play, still to come this fall.

“I’m going to go deep into my beautiful Caribbean and I’m going to bring all my ancestors. I want to go to Brazil. I definitely want to go to Africa for the drums and the percussions. I want people to dance,” he revealed. That’s good news for us, whenever it comes – we need another “Vente Pa’ Ca.”

The dreamy accompanying photo spread for the story was shot by Fabian Guerrero, with assistance by Justin Sarinana, and styled by Law Roachyes, of Legendary fame. Ricky is wearing Berluti on the cover.

Head to Out for the full story by Mikelle Street.

Photo credit: Fabian Guerrero / Out Magazine


Gwen Stefani Love Angel Music Baby Vinyl

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Gwen Stefani Love Angel Music Baby Vinyl

“How did the years go by?”

Well over a decade ago, way before she ever sat in a swivel chair on The Voice or entered a recording studio to do a duet with her country music boyfriend – 16 years in fact – Gwen Stefani broke out of her No Doubt shell and released her still-incredible debut solo record, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004, an Alice in Wonderland-meets Harajuku district bubble pop electric explosion of electro-pop goodness, including “What You Waiting For?” and “Hollaback Girl.”

And yes, this shit is still, in fact, bananas.

Urban Outfitters is set to release last year’s 15th anniversary reissue of the album as a limited double vinyl, and it’s out on Friday (August 14).

Gwen Stefani’s 2004 solo debut LP sees her pairing up with collaborators from Dr. Dre to Andre 3000 and beyond. This special 15th anniversary edition is available exclusively at Urban Outfitters on 3000 limited units of pink and white swirled vinyl. A collection of neon tracks about music, fashion and more, it’s a must for No Doubt fans and Gwen acolytes alike. 2004, Interscope.

The double 12″ includes all the tracks from the original 2004 set, including “Rich Girl” with Eve and the forever perfect “Cool,” as well as personal favorites “Crash,” “Serious,” and future wedding song, “The Real Thing.”

This release is limited to 3,000 units so, if this love is truly serious – the kind that gets you seriously out of your mind – put on your finest L.A.M.B. attire and go grab it now. What you waiting for?


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Katy Perry Teenage Dream The Complete Confection

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Sunmi is no stranger to a left-lane, artsy-fartsy kind of career choice – and teaming up with her former boss, J.Y. Park of JYP Entertainment, is certainly no exception.

The 28-year-old “Noir” quirk-pop princess and the 48-year-old JYP record executive are starry-eyed, fast-footed lovers on the dance floor in the delightfully absurd “When We Disco,” released on Tuesday (August 11). (Didn’t you know? The theme of 2020 stays disco.)

Part Saturday Night Fever, part Bollywood, part Pulp Fiction, the entirely retro, overwhelmingly camp clip finds the former Wonder Girls girl group superstar finding love on the dance floor, only to be ripped apart by, like, club bouncers or mafia bosses or something – until they, of course, reunite at the discotheque a decade later, leading up to a full neon-lit dance production in the slick city streets.

Everything about this campaign is thoroughly amusing – including all of the faux-outrage and panicked “Sunmi, blink if you need help!” comments from fans across social media. It’s actually sort of sweet and charming that the two have remained friends long after the days of the Wonder Girls.

Considering “Pporappippam” stays one of the year’s best K-pop songs, consider “When We Disco” a little retro disco ball cherry on top for the rest of Sunmi’s summer.

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Katy Perry Teenage Dream The Complete Confection

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Katy Perry Teenage Dream The Complete Confection

Before Smile, before Witness, before Prism, there was a California gurl named Katy Perry with a simple dream - a Teenage Dream, if you will.

If you can believe it, it's been nearly a full decade since the release of the artist formerly known as Kathryn Hudson's sophomore LP and actual cultural reset Teenage Dream, which dropped on August 24, 2010. (I can still smell the cotton candy-scented CD.)

Appropriately, the multi-Platinum era that spawned 6 No. 1 hits on the Billboard 100 is being honored with a tasty reissue in double vinyl form, via Urban Outfitters.

Indulge in every delicious minute of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, available exclusively at Urban Outfitters to celebrate the tenth anniversary with a limited 5000-unit run of peppermint swirl picture disc vinyl. Gatefold with the iconic Teenage Dream album artwork on the outside and a deluxe tracklist featuring guest appearances from Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot and more. 2012, Capitol.

The double 12" set includes all of the songs from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, the 2012 reissue of Teenage Dream featuring "Part of Me," "Wide Awake" and "Dressin' Up," as well as the Kanye West mix of "E.T." and Tommie Sunshine's Megasix Smash-Up. And then, there's all the hits - from "California Gurls" to "Firework" to "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" to "Teenage Dream" to rock-out-with-your-cock-out anthem "Peacock" to my personal favorite Angsty Perry anthem, "Circle the Drain."

The peppermint swirl (yum!) picture disc set is limited to a 5000 unit run - so grab it now before she decides to run away and never look back.

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If I back it up…is it fat enough?

It’s a question that keeps me up at night, as well as the entirety of (the maybe-soon-to-be-banned) TikTok, all thanks to viral star Cookiee Kawaii‘s “Vibe (If I Back It Up),” resulting in a staggering 1.9 million videos and counting on the platform.

While the song’s got some different dances, “Vibe” has generally soundtracked a whole bunch of things, ranging from cringe to hilarious: James Charles makeup palette tutorials, duck dancing, embarrassing horny teen nonsense at the Hype House – even Doja Cat twerking it out.

The easily consumable, catchy, mattress spring-creaking, throw it back-able bop also clocks in at a mere 1:24 minutes – just longer than the maximum time for a TikTok – garnering the Jersey native over 55 million streams on Spotify alone. But after all this time, there was still no official music video…until now.

Cookiee’s plans for the “Vibe” clip started back in February, when she told Fader that the video treatment was in the works.

“I didn’t do the video at first, because I was busy and I wanted it to be right. But now, I’m glad I didn’t — now I can mold my treatment and make it something that reflects everything that’s going on now. I’ve been praying for a moment like this. I have a full arsenal of music, and people will see that ‘Vibe’ isn’t all I’ve got — but ‘Vibe’ is taking me there. I want to tour, connect with different artists and people, expose them to our culture in Jersey, and to see the dancing. It’s not just me, there’s a ton of Jersey club producers who have been doing this.”

And then…a pandemic happened.

“Yea .. yeah … I know it took a while 😭 Blame Covid 😭😭 But God willing it’ll go viral again ❤️ #Jersey 🔌,” Cookiiee wrote along with the music video’s premiere on Monday (August 10).

To her video’s benefit, at least the TikTok coin’s clearly started rolling in: what Cookiee’s first major music video moment lacks in length, it makes up for in quarantine fever dreams: it’s like The Birds meets Azealia Banks‘ “Liquorice” meets Drumline – and some Mars Attacks! to boot.

If you’ve listened to local radio at all in recent months, or so much as taken a quick peek at the Billboard Hot 100, you’d know that TikTok is all but exclusively dictating the way songs are shooting to the top of the charts. Cookiee is smart to ride this “Vibe” as long as she possibly can. Would an extended version have hurt? Of course not! But then again, look at the way song lengths are shrinking with each New Music Friday. Our attention spans aren’t any longer than a TikTok these days.

By my estimation, you still ain’t ready for this work: now watch her throw it, throw it back…


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It’s time to get into Sarah Faith Griffiths – or GRIFF, for short.

The 18-year-old Chinese-Jamaican singer-songwriter-producer’s been making waves within the blogosphere, on the streaming playlists and beyond over the past year, beginning with her debut Mirror Talk EP in 2019 – and she’s only just out of school.

The vibe is thoroughly modern and sleek pop production, equipped with very accessibly catchy melodies, bringing a bunch of fellow female scribes – from Bebe Rexha to RAYE to Nina Nesbitt to Julia Michaels – to mind. Her urgent, soulful voice is prime for a Top 40 radio takeover. And impressively, you’ll frequently find her name credited as both the sole scribe and producer of her songs.

“I didn’t realize how rare it was for women to produce their own stuff, until people started telling me,” she explains of her skills, taking the helm on self-produced tracks on her EP like “Didn’t Break It Enough” and “Sound of Your Voice,” as well as 2020 standout, “Forgive Myself.”

GRIFF’s collaborations with producers prove successful too, including her insecurity-exploring, “Issues”-esque debut “Mirror Talk” with The 23rd. There’s also her piano-led “Good Stuff,” co-crafted with David Stewart, a fragile display of her emotive vocals, accompanied by a music video that has racked up nearly a million views already since its release in February.

“It came naturally…but writing music, actually, is kind of a ridiculous thing. Every day you’re expected to reinvent eight notes and marry them to a new concept,” she says.

GRIFF grew up in the “super middle-class, super suburban” garden town of Kings Langley in England, teaching herself to play every inch of Taylor Swift‘s Fearless.

Her experience is partly informed by growing up mixed race, and “kind of not feeling like anything. I’m used to being around white girls but I’m so obviously not. I am a bit of a white girl but I never will 100% be because I look so different and I am so different. The Chinese family would come around and I’m obviously so westernized and removed from that. Then the black side comes round and I’m not really in touch with that, either. You’re always in this weird limbo.”


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The P2J-produced “Say It Again” is GRIFF’s latest release, and perhaps one of her most immediately engaging triumph yet. The delicately encouraging, gently grooving jam recalls a bit of early Jessie Ware, as she sweetly croons some reassurances to a troubled soul: “How ever many times that you need to, baby / Just tell yourself it’s gon’ be okay.” The song comes with a music video directed by Stephen Isaac Wilson, supplying surrealistic scenes, reflective surfaces and some interpretive dance moves near the British seaside.

With just a handful of songs released thus far, GRIFF’s already got big plans for her music that extend far beyond this moment: “I don’t want to be an artist who’s around for five minutes and people forget about. I want my music to be remembered in ten, fifteen years to come,” she declares.

As long as she keeps this kind of good stuff coming, she won’t be forgotten anytime soon.


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The entire world is adapting to the New Normal™ amid the pandemic – and that includes our South Korean pop favorites as well.

With touring no longer an option – for at least the next year, potentially, if not longer (sorry to be bleak) – artists are finding ways to innovate and bring themselves to audiences as best they can, from those acoustic living room Instagram Live sessions at the outset of the quarantine, to drive-in drag queen experiences, to more massive virtual pop productions.

TWICE‘s solution? Beyond LIVE – TWICE: World in A Day, a 90-minute concert shot live on Sunday (August 9) at Studio Paradise in Unseo-dong, South Korea, featuring the massively popular K-pop girl group’s greatest hits including “Fancy,” “TT,” “What Is Love?” “YES or YES” and “CHEER UP” among others, as well as new music from their latest More & More EP.

Beyond LIVE is an online concert streaming service that launched amid the global health crisis – a joint venture between SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment in partnership with Naver – allowing for a paid concert experience that uses advanced technology and interactive opportunities with fans.

The paid experience featured all the bells and whistles of a major pop production – costume changes, ample choreography and sleek visuals – while pulling their ONCEs from over 126 countries (!) into the experience through projections, as well as stages inspired by various regions from around the world, reflecting different cities as if on a world tour. (Sweet Jeongyeon, sadly, was forced to sit in a chair during the performance due to a health condition, but she toughed it out anyway.)

During the show, the girls also revealed that they’ll be releasing an English version of “More & More,” their Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Zara Larsson-penned, MNEK-produced smash, sometime in August.

“We are looking forward the English release of ‘MORE & MORE’ later this month. We decided to record this version as a gift to ONCE around the world, and we hope that they enjoy it!” they said in a statement.

It is admittedly easy to resign to sadness and start to spiral amid all the uncertainty, but with hopeful, heartwarming, unifying productions like this, our pop queens are proving that the show must – and will – go on.


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The festivities in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the debut of the Queen of K-pop™ herself, BoA, continue.

Ahead of the official debut date of the upside-down walking Girl on Top herself, SM Entertainment has launched an official BoA account (@BoASMTown) that promises to share more of the superstar we’ve come to love over the past decades, with more exciting news still to come.

To kick off the launch, SM provided us with some seriously adorable throwback photos from the earliest days of her debut. She must be around 13 or 14 in these photos – absolutely precious. We’ve got some official hashtags for the celebration too: “#BoA_Still_Our_No1 #Happy_BoA_20th_Anniversary #20years_with_BoA #Our_Beloved_BoA.”

As we already know, SM also launched an Our Beloved BoA series, featuring their current roster covering some BoA classics and deep cuts. Two songs are already out now: “Atlantis Princess” by BOL4, and “Garden in the Air” by Baekhyun.

All of this is seriously bringing on the high school nostalgia and taking me back to my YesAsia days. In fact, for fans of the physical CD experience, there are still a ton of her older records available, including her debut and the very reason for the current season, ID; Peace B. Go dig around and grab a part of history!



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There’s simply no keeping up with Madonna, even whilst at home (mansion) in a pandemic: one minute she’s typing away at typewriters and taking milk baths while waxing poetic about The Great Equalizer, the next she’s promoting coronavirus conspiracy theories and leaking Dua Lipa‘s album artwork early.

And now, we find her here: sitting in front of a table piled full of journals and notebooks, recounting Important Details, listening to Tronco Traxx‘s 1995 ballroom classic “Walk for Me” while sitting next to Juno, United States of Tara and Jennifer’s Body scribe, Diablo Cody, who is dutifully typing away at a laptop.

And it sure sounds like she’s expressing…herself.


“When you’re stuck in a house with multiple injuries what do you do.? ………..Write a Screenplay with Diablo about…………..📖🎥🎬🎤🎼🖤? #nuts #iconic #walk #serve #diablo,” she captioned a video of herself and Diablo sitting together, discussing what sounds an awful lot like her iconic Blond Ambition Tour opening “Express Yourself” Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra outfit.

“The music starts – what’s the song? – all these details are important,” Madonna nags.

“The garters were over the suit bottoms, right?” Diablo clarifies.

“Pinstripe pants, corset…cone bra, zipped up the front, double-breasted suit coat goes over it. Et voila, an iconic costume,” Madonna recalls before sticking nuts up her nose. (Ignore her.)

Couple that intriguing clip with the latest, seemingly strange-but-maybe-not-so-strange-after-all news about her music career, courtesy of The Sun on the same day: “I can reveal the queen of pop has left her label Interscope after almost a decade and is poised to sign an eight-figure deal to return to Warner Records — the label which helped her become a superstar in the first 25 years of her career…it means she is in line to secure a big-money deal to ­continue releasing albums throughout her sixties, back at the label where she started her ­incredible music career,” Simon Boyle wrote in his Bizarre Column.

And at the same time, the 1990 “Vogue” U.S. maxi-single has magically popped on streaming services.

Connecting all the dots: is Madonna working with Warner Records once again for access to her back catalog because of a Madonna project with Diablo Cody on the way?

Her life, as one might say, is a mystery, but perhaps the Queen of Pop is about to be the one telling us all about it in her own words.



UPDATE (August 12): Madonna just posted a series of close-up photos of her many journals, beginning at what looks like around the early 1980s, as well as some classic shots of herself from the archives. There’s a copy of Anne Sexton‘s Live Or Die on the table – there’s a Madonna connection there, too. She and Diablo are also having a toast…to life. This is happening.


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The rumors that keep starting are rarely worth being followed, but in this case, it’s all true: Lindsay Dee Lohan‘s debut 2004 studio album, Speak, is finally seeing light of day in vinyl form…for the very first moment in time.

The Speak Limited LP is out today (August 7) at Urban Outfitters…in transparent violet, no less.

“Originally released in 2004, Lindsay Lohan’s debut studio album, Speak is available for the first time on vinyl. Exclusively at Urban Outfitters on 2000 limited units of transparent violet vinyl, this record features the hit single ‘Rumors’ plus favorites like ‘Nobody ‘Til You,’ ‘Over” and ‘Symptoms Of You.'”

The vinyl track listing is curiously different than the original CD format – it doesn’t even kick off with “First,” first of all – but the classics are all there nonetheless, including “Magnet.”

Over a decade later, we can finally hear “To Know Your Name” blaring from turntable speakers with a vintage crackle, just as God originally intended.

You can grab the Speak vinyl like it’s the very last record in time at Urban Outfitters. There are only 2000 units available, so it sounds like they’ll honestly tell us that it’s over sooner rather than later.

And if you haven’t listened to Legends Only yet, we just did a deep dive into the record that you can listen to while you wait for the postman to bring you a (12″-sized) letter (REFERENCE).


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