Tuesday, September 28, 2010


For whatever reason I found myself singing She Bop by Cyndi Lauper in the shower today (probably because it's yet another song from pivotal 1984), and I wondered what the song was all about (I don't usually pay much attention to pop song lyrics). Well, it turns out it's all about masturbation! The video is also full of funny innuendos. So, here it goes, a post on 80's songs about masturbation! Hope you enjoy—on your own, of course.

Much more obvious is the Divinyls' I Touch Myself. The evil executives at EMI have disabled embedding the YouTube video, so all I've got is a still picture, nothing to touch myself with.

OK, this was all a big ploy to get to this: a great video shot by Takashi Murakami, a contemporary artist who currently has an exhibit at Versailles. The exhibit drew a pretty big protest by right wingers, who didn't like his "smut" exposed in this palace, a symbol of French good taste. The video is a cover of Turning Japanese by Kirsten Dunst, dressed as a very cute manga character (the original is by The Vapors). The song is "believed to euphemistically refer to the face a male makes during the act of masturbation". Watch this, but beware: you might go blind.