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Life Before Feminism: The future inspiration for Austin Powers records the worst song in history.

Peter Wyngarde will not make you horny, baby.

Sorry, folks, no regular post until tomorrow. But to tide you over, might I draw your attention to possibly the most offensively misogynist song in history? (Trigger Warning: I’m about to describe what is possibly the most offensively misogynist song in history.) It’s a song recorded in 1970 by British actor Peter Wyngarde – star of several 60s spy dramas and allegedly an inspiration for Austin Powers.

The music itself is not the problem – it’s peppy and punchy, and sounds like a lot of crime/spy soundtracks from the 60s and 70s. No, the problem comes from, well, it comes from Wyngarde. The star, as Bret at Egg City Radio points out,

chose not to go the easy listening/pop route, instead bizarrely delving into lurid and sometimes flat-out stupid spoken word interludes.

Not just stupid, but offensive. Really offensive. Case in point:

a little three-minute ditty entitled “Rape”, in which Wyngarde not only seems to extolling the virtues of rape, but also executes a handful of wheedling barf-bag racial stereotypes that would make even Jerry Lewis blush. It must be heard to be believed … .

Well, yes and no. The idea that back in 1970 some dude might think it hilarious to do a song that was basically one big rape joke? Not that shocking. That he might add some horrifyingly “funny” racism into the mix? Also not completely shocking. That the record is mixed in such a way that it is nearly impossible to tell what Wyngarde – an actor who presumably knows how to enunciate – is saying? Now that’s a little shocking. I would have thought the record executives behind this cash-in project would have hired a more competent producer.

You can download the whole album at Egg City Radio.

Did I mention that it’s titled “When Sex Leers its Inquisitive Head?”

EDITED TO ADD: Woah, the song is up on YouTube. I didn’t even bother to check, because I assume it violates pretty much all of YouTube’s rules, but here it is. Thanks to Donsie in the comments for the link.

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ozymandias42
10 years ago

I’m edge too, but I’m talking to someone who can’t tell apart punks and hippies! I’m giving the easy version. 😛

cynickal
cynickal
10 years ago

Punks: Can’t afford to bathe
Hippies: Just don’t bathe

Bagelsan
Bagelsan
10 years ago

Punks: Can’t afford to bathe
Hippies: Just don’t bathe

Also works for graduate and undergraduate students respectively? :p

Societal Contract
Societal Contract
10 years ago

Madeline Smith:

“Peter Wyngarde took quite a shine to me. He was a very, very shy chap, and we became friends. He used me, in the nicest possible way, as his escort, to a number of openings, and closings, and first nights, and things like that for quite a long time. In fact, I am even surprised we lost touch; he was quite a mate. Very, very shy, very, very nice, but a real gentleman.”

Just goes to show what’s lurking behind the facade of a “very shy, very nice, real gentleman”.

TheTraducer
TheTraducer
10 years ago

Just goes to show what’s lurking behind the facade of a “very shy, very nice, real gentleman”.
That he’s gay?

Societal Contract
Societal Contract
10 years ago

“That he’s gay?”

No, that he’s an asshole.

TheTraducer
TheTraducer
10 years ago

I’m going to try this again.

Just goes to show what’s lurking behind the facade of a “very shy, very nice, real gentleman”.

That he’s gay?

TheTraducer
TheTraducer
10 years ago

No, that he’s an asshole.

I’ve never met the man.

cynickal
cynickal
10 years ago

@bagelsan
having dated a grad student, I’d say “yes”

Societal Contract
Societal Contract
10 years ago

“I’ve never met the man”

You don’t have to. Just listen to the audio of his song “rape, rape, rape…”

The link has been added by David so scroll up and have at it.

TheTraducer
TheTraducer
10 years ago

You don’t have to. Just listen to the audio of his song “rape, rape, rape…”

I can’t make it through the whole thing.

Donsie
10 years ago

Happy to help. I just really didn’t want that on my HD, like, ever.

Hershele Ostropoler
10 years ago

Ozy:

Punks: The Ramones
Hippies: Cat Stevens

I like both …

ozymandias42
10 years ago

As do I!

samuel2112
10 years ago

I have been busy with my blog bee. I cannot let you guys kick me out of here. But Ithilia pissed me off very much. Women and men feel free to comment on my blog.
Lets see how many people here comment. My partner on the blog is a feminist

samuel2112
10 years ago

Bee I cannot let you win, I have to be here. I have to hang in here.Ithilia angered me. She pissed me off. But it’s all good

John D
John D
10 years ago

A strangely entertaining song. Thanks for sharing.

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