February 11, 2015 Leave a comment
I have a two questions that need to be answered. The first is it 1995 all over again? And the second is why do I still have a crush on Garbage front woman Shirley Manson?
I will layout the answers to these queries in this post and do my best to weave them like a tapestry.
Allow me to be very up front and declare that I am not wearing a blazer, shirt, tie and slacks that I purchased from a discount shop on Fordham Road in my beloved Bronx. I did not turn on the television only to see MTV journalist and pinup girl Idalis De Leon. I am not struggling to stay awake in chemistry class. And I am most certainly not being ignored by females these days. So a twenty year quantum leap has not occurred.
However, I will admit that two decades ago I had my fair share of woman crushes. Ummm okay I was a lonely boy and had tons of them. I still do. One was the aforementioned journalist whom I have gotten to know quite a bit from a business standpoint. But amongst the many I had then and to this day still have is one ginormous crush on Shirley Manson.
Why is this?
Well allow me to say that I like many a man I absolutely love a strong badass woman. Manson has always been that since she arrived on the pop music scene. She has been able to hold her own with not only Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig but she has been able to go toe to toe with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Iggy Pop and The Pretenders via the use of her contralto vocal range. She has always been a far cry from the stupid girls she sings about which has allowed her to have staying power just like fellow Scottish born singer-songwriter Annie Lennox who came before her.
Yet there is a bonus on top of all of these things. That is Shirley has never been afraid to let loose her speech. She has always been blunt when it comes to discussing her music and how she feels about the ever changing practices of the industry she has been a part of since 1981. And as if we needed any further evidence to bolster what I just mentioned she went above and beyond earlier this week on her Facebook page giving us all this take on Kanye West and his latest act of douchebaggery.
I cannot help but still hold this woman in my highest of esteems for speaking on this. Some artists have taken different approaches when it comes to discussing their views with regard to the mental de-evolution of Mr. West. Many have taken what would be deemed more classy avenues when it comes to the college dropout. But Manson went on a level of HAM on Kanye that would possibly resurrect the body of Joan Rivers. Nothing was off topic in her rather refreshing diatribe and she basically hit the nail on the head with regard to its intended target.
So for this Shirley you are the feature for this week’s Woman Crush Wednesday. No further words will be used to pay tribute to your greatness because none are needed. I rest my case.
That is all for now folks. I hope all of you have a great Hump Day. Always remember if you can’t, you must!