Sunday Singalong: Chicks on Speed

Here is Chicks on Speed with the ultimate anti-cock rock song; joyfully poking fun at the hyper-masculinity of the rock music scene and the way in which DIY punk-electronica is perceived as less than ‘real music’.

“We Don’t Play Guitars”, which is so good natured it includes an actual guitar solo. (Thanks Peaches, take that Electric Ladyland).

CoS is an art ‘project’ consisting of three women – one of them Australian, yay – specialising in home-made fashion (they create costumes out of plastic bags and gaffer tape), performance art (they once bartered an unopened love letter on the street), electroclash music and plain old art. They are mostly based in Berlin.

I’ve seen them perform a couple of times – they are wonderful. Once I saw them at a music festival where a boy jumped the fence to get into the festival for free. He ran right into the CoS crowd mid-session with an army of enormous security guards in hot pursuit. Take your shirt off we all yelled at him and he did and that was the end of the pursuit. Sweaty, half-naked boys in a CoS crowd? Dime a dozen.

We always thought that we were not a rock n roll band but it sure feels
like rock n roll over here tonightWe don’t play guitars x 3We´re standing on stage with our microphones, but we don’t play guitarsGot the sherman up here with us, no we don’t play guitarsWe don’t play guitarsCan you play guitar?We don’t play guitars

said can you play guitar?

We don’t play guitars

We don’t play guitars

We´re standing on stage with a microphone but we don’t play guitars

Got the Sherman up here with us, no we don’t play guitars

We don’t play guitars

We don’t play guitars

said can you play guitar?

We can go shopping in the supermarket but we don’t play guitars

We shop more than other people, we don’t play guitars

Can you play guitar?

Can you play guitar?

Were standing in Tobi´s studio but we don’t play guitars

Neither do Kiki or Melissa

No we don’t play guitars

We like to use gaffa tape but we don’t play guitars

Give us your gaffa tape, we don’t want your guitars

We don’t play guitars

We don’t play guitars

No we don´t play guitars

(Peaches): you may not play guitars but I do!

You know, maybe C.O.S don’t play guitars but

P.E.A.C.H.E.S plays guitar

I play guitar, that’s right

I play guitar

Well you may not play guitar but I play guitar

And I love it!

We like using gaffa tape but we don’t play guitars

Give us your gaffa tape cos we don’t play guitars

Can you play guitar?

We don’t play guitars

We don’t play guitars

We don’t play guitars

We don’t play guitars



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2 replies

  1. This is great. Reminds me of the Epoxies. A+

  2. I love the fence jumper story. Sounds like he already had the COS spirit.

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