Do you ever get frustrated with women in the mainstream music world? I do! I remember a couple years ago I tried to sit down and list some of my favorite female musicians/singers and was dismayed to realize that there were surprisingly few. I further noticed that almost every song was about love, break ups, or “angry women songs,” as I like to call them. “Angry women songs” are usually my favorite because it’s all about the ladies being pissed off and finally standing up for themselves. However, though there are exceptions, many of these angry women songs were very romance centered. The theme seemed to be “my man was an asshole so I left him and now I’m awesome and empowered. Fuck yeah!” Now there isn’t anything wrong with these types of songs, but every so often I’d like to listen to music, made by women, that reflects my life and the life of other women a little more realistically.
Enter this week’s Web Crush: Garfunkel and Oates.
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci comprise this singing/song-writing duo who take their group name from Art Garfunkel (of Simon and Garfunkel) and John Oates (of Hall and Oates). The two are also pretty well known actresses, so if you are thinking you have seen Lindhome and Micucci before you probably have. The two also have their own web series produced by HBO.
Garfunkel and Oates has a variety of songs that everyone, and I would argue, especially women, can relate to. Yes, the group does have many songs about relationships, but they are less the typical “I loved you more than life and then you left me so now I’m a badass lady,” which seems to be the general pattern of most mainstream music.
Instead, Garfunkel and Oates has songs like “Self Esteem” which describes not having self-esteem low enough to date that drunk guy that booty called you.
But not all of Garfunkel and Oates‘s songs focus on these awkward relationships. One of their most famous songs is “Pregnant Women are Smug,” which is pretty self-explanatory… and hilarious!
Sometimes the duo gets serious and addresses important social justice issues like saving the rich.
Whether it’s talking about how awkward real life relationships actually are or creating parodies to poke fun at serious issues, Garfunkel and Oates is a group that is funny and relatable.