you dopes are all the same and that's why i'm so ashamed to be a part of what might be called the punk rock community you take things way too seriously or else you take them too lightly post messages on aol but don't you dare fuck with janelle she's everything that you are not she's not a girl, she is a thought she's an idea or an ideal that you won't ever get so go play with your make believe internet friends she's on a greyhound bus i ate a hairy coconut i think i might have diverticulitis is there too much beer inside us ugly riot girls saying i don't know shit - it hurts to know you care enough to send the very shittiest, so gentlemen and ladies have a seat and allow me to repeat that your stupid on-line world and your stupid comments may well be justification for a beating where applicable not valid in vermont void where prohibited and shut your fucking mouth don't go to easter isle and overpopulate you'll destroy god's spaceship earth dilute dilute ok

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    General Commentthis song is great. ben weasel expressing his hate for the current "punk rock community" and all the people who love to get on the internet just to talk shit. those in the scene that take themselves to seriously, and just assholes in general.
    akira_256on October 24, 2004   Link
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    Song MeaningWanted to come on here and set the record straight. Ben Weasel wrote a song for a band called Born Against called "Janelle", which was about a girl named Janelle who was a roadie for the riot grrl band Bratmobile. It was released in a Screeching Weasel/Born Against split 7" in 1993. At the time, many of the girls in the punk rock community, especially those associated with the riot grrl scene, were extremely critical of songs which they felt objectified women. If you look at the lyrics to the Born Against song, you'll find that they are sorta romantic, but at the same time they're based on a very narrow view of femininity.

    Then Bratmobile wrote their own song in response, (which isn't on SongMeanings yet) called "The Real Janelle" which is about liking Janelle for who she is, not how cute she is. It contains the lyric "Bennie Weasel go to hell". Bratmobile broke up in 1994, but then two of the founding members went to work for Lookout Records, the label releasing Screeching Weasel albums. It was right about that time that Screeching Weasel started to have problems with Lookout Records, and moved, first to Fat Wreck Chords, and then to their own independent label Panic Button. So there's some history between Ben Weasel and the riot grrl community. Of course, by the time this album came out, the riot grrl scene was all but over, making the idea of the Last Jenelle even more poignant.

    I love this song, but I love the Bratmobile song too. And their argument is sound, I think - nobody has ever mistaken Ben Weasel for a feminist.
    worker201on July 09, 2011   Link

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