Against Me! and Joan Jett Cover “Androgynous” In Queerest Moment Ever

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Community Managerette Lemon’s Team Pick

You know that feeling you get when so many already perfect things get together to form an even more perfect union, like when you eat a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich? That is the primary feeling I felt when I saw this video of Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett covering the Replacemtents’ “Androgynous” at Terminal 5 in New York City this past weekend.

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“Androgynous” was a revolutionary song when it was recorded by the Replacements for their 1984 album Let It Be and it was still revolutionary when Joan Jett covered it in 2006 for her ninth studio album Sinner. But, as Slate noted, with trans punk rocker Laura Jane Grace singing lead, the “song never felt more prophetic than it did this past weekend.” Seriously though, watching Grace scream out the lyrics, “she’s happy with the way she looks/she’s happy with her gender,” makes me feel like the world is just a little bit righter. As in correcter. See for yourself:

And if you haven’t already read the full text of Grace’s coming out article in Rolling Stone, you should really do that.

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  1. I have to say, I saw Against Me! live last week, and Laura had the biggest smile on her face in every single song. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and it’s obvious how happy she is right now. I can’t wait for another opportunity to see them.

  2. Joan and Laura are like, two of the coolest ladies in music right now. And this song is amazing.

  3. Absolutely wonderful in every way. like Morgan said in one of her recent videos, this is such an incredible moment for the trans community.

  4. I don’t even really have words for how excited this made me. They are both so fucking awesome.

  5. Re: righter/correcter
    Have often wished there would be a nice official differentiation between the true/morally good/correct definition of the word and yanno, the definition referring to the conservative lot. I don’t see a strongly-worded letter to the Oxford Dictionary working that well. Erm, I hear 30minute youtube videos and celebrity-endorsed twitter campaigns are how the cool kids do it these days? :p

  6. Love the Rolling Stone article. Fave quote- the reaction from the rest of the band:

    They all decided they needed to start working out, so that if anyone messed with Gabel they’d be able to throw down. “We gotta take care of Tom!” Kleeman said. “We gotta protect him!” (Later, in a moment of less­highness, he says, “The more I think about it, I don’t know that that’s really necessary.”)

  7. Wow, I was not expecting that to make me cry. What can I say, it’s a great song with two great women singing it. Thanks for posting!

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