Playlist: Alice Pieszecki

Welcome to the ongoing but slow-moving playlist series in which we create a list of songs inspired by your favourite characters from the hit Showtime television series, The L Word.

It’s time for Alice Pieszecki.

When we created a playlist for Shane McCutcheon, we chose songs that reminded us of Shane or had been written about people who shared similar traits. Much like Shane, it wasn’t complicated. Songs about broody troubled heartbreakers are the bread and butter of rock ‘n roll. Songs about characters like Alice Pieszecki, though? Not so easy. As far as I know, there are no songs about funny, sassy, sarcastic, opinionated bisexual journalists who have an admirable ability to cut down Jenny Schecter like a total champ. There’s no genre for that.

So! With the exception of a few tracks that were used in the show, this playlist is not so much a musical interpretation of Alice Pieszecki, but rather just a bunch of songs that we think would probably be her jam. Many were suggested by Riese, who knows The L Word characters better than anyone else knows any other fictional character on this planet, probably.


Alice Pieszecki


Deceptacon – Le Tigre
Talk to Me – Peaches
Love Is A Battlefield – Pat Benetar
Genius – Murmurs
Fuck Was I – Jenny Owen Youngs
(Where Do I Begin) Love Story – Shirley Bassey
Crying – k.d. lang
Both Hands – Ani DiFranco
California – Joni Mitchell
Stay – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Portions for Foxes – Rilo Kiley
Electric Band – Wild Flag
Cannonball – The Breeders
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Sweet ’69 – Babes in Toyland
Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Supernova – Liz Phair
Closer To Fine – Indigo Girls

What songs and artists do you think Alice Pieszecki listens to? Which The L Word character do you think we should make a playlist for next? It’s Jenny Schecter, isn’t it. That’s okay, I want it to be Jenny too.

Alice Pieszecki from Autostraddle on 8tracks Radio.

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  1. I Bette I can think of someone that would be great inspiration for a playlist…

  2. I’m listening to this, Crystal, while I write things and I really feel like you nailed this. All these songs would definitely be Alice-jams.

  3. Jenny Schecter’s playlist, yasss!!! would love to know what those might be. <3

  4. This made me watch the Love is a Battlefield music video, I loved some of the outfits in it so I searched Pat Benatar on google.

    The other suggested picture searches had Joan Jett. I couldn’t help myself! >.<

    Also love this playlist!

  5. I remember you telling me about this and I’m excited to see it done so well! Can’t wait to lez out to this all evening. Also, “Closer to Fine”? I see what you did there.

  6. On season 6 at the moment (AGAIN FOR THE 4TH TIME). Alice makes the show a whole lot better with her ‘cartoon voice’.

  7. Please continue this series because the Shane playlist is probably my favorite Autostraddle playlist ever and this one looks amazing too!!!

  8. So the last post about The L Word inspired me to set up a NetFlix and watch it. I must say I’m super in to it right now…and I LOVE Alice! She’s fantastic. Now I’m all excited…I just want to leave work and pick up where I left off.

    And a side note-I remember my dad telling me he’d started watching the show and he said “I don’t get it…it’s just lesbians. It’s stupid.” Then I thought ehhh…kind of creepy.

  9. Hey Gabby you’re so fine
    You’re so fine you blow my mind
    Hey Gabby!
    *tap tap, tap tap*
    Hey Gabby!

  10. this is so good but now i miss alice so much

    it’s a really weird mixture of being totally thrilled and absolutely devastated

    (kind of how i feel about the l word as a whole?)

    anyway A+ crystal…can’t wait for the rest

  11. This is awesome. Alice Pieszecki is my spirit animal. Also, YES, Jenny next! Remember the day we were at the smoker’s circle at Camp, pitted against a bunch of other girls, standing up for Jenny’s character? Make it right, Crystal. Make that playlist.

  12. I LOVE this playlist!!

    side note: my friends say i’m an alice.(i only resent it a tiny bit.)

  13. Good job y’all. Nailed it!
    I was cleaning my kitchen and this made my day when it automatically played in my mix feed.

  14. I’m a little late on finding this….but uhhhh….this is truly great ! (As is Shanes Playlist) You always make me want more Autostraddle ! So…More, please ?

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