Fräulein Maria Would Never Say That Word

The L Word Title (Season 1)

Been catching up on my TV lately, trying to cram five years of The L Word in just a couple of weeks. When the 2nd season premiere started and I noticed a new theme song, I started pouting, as I really liked the 1st season’s pseudo theme song consisting of ten seconds of electronic sounds:

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…but by the second time I heard the new theme song I had a smile plastered all over my face: if there is something I love more than a cover version – it is a reference to another song, an homage of sorts, the use of our common experiences as a language.
The new theme song by NYC-based rock band BETTY puts a twist on ‘My Favorite Things’ from the ‘The Sound of Music’. Taking the wholesome character of Maria and twisting her words is brilliant in so many ways.

Have a listen to the theme song, preceded by the relevant part from The Sound of Music:

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My Favorite Things
 
Girls in white dresses
With blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay
On my nose and eyelashes
 
  The Way That We Live
 
Girls in tight dresses
Who drag with mustaches
Chicks drivin’ fast
Ingénues with long lashes
Women who long, love, lust
Women who give
This is the way
It’s the way that we live
 
Talking, laughing, loving, breathing,
fighting, fucking, crying, drinking,
riding, winning, losing, cheating,
kissing, thinking, dreaming.
 
This is the way
It’s the way that we live
It’s the way that we live
And love

3 thoughts on “Fräulein Maria Would Never Say That Word”

  1. I have watched the film over forty times, but apparently always from a mainstream perspective. From the preface I just read, the Stacy Wolf book sounds like a good read, and so was immediately added to the top of my wish list.

    Still, I refuse to believe Maria would ever utter the word anywhere near the Captain :)

    Thanks for your comment.

  2. I’ve picked up that book in the library for a paper and found it to have a few very good arguments and provides a different, valid angle on something that has always been more associated with gay men by the mainstream. That said, probably only interesting from the cultural studies angle as it is very looong on the queer theory mumbo jumbo and after a while the lesbian-overtones- in- everything might get either unintentionally hilarious or infuriatingly boring.
    But not bad to browse through if you can get it for free though.
    Love your blog by the way.

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