Ani DiFranco — Little Plastic Castle
Album: Little Plastic Castle
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5.9

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Released: 1998
Length: 4:00
Plays (last 30 days): 1
in a coffee shop in a city
which is every coffee shop
in every city
on a day which is every day
i picked up a magazine
which is every magazine
read a story then i forgot it right away

and they say goldfish have no memory
i guess their lives are much like mine
and the little plastic castle
is a surprise every time
and it's hard to say if they're happy
but they don't seem much to mind

from the shape of your shaved head
i recognized your silhouette
as you walked out of the sun and sat down
and the sight of your sleepy smile eclipsed all the other people
as they paused to sneer at the two girls from out of town

and i said, "look at you this morning
you are by far the cutest
but be careful getting coffee
i think these people want to shoot us
or maybe there's some kind of local competition here
to see who can be the rudest"

people talk about my image
like i come in two dimensions
like lipstick is a sign of my decling mind
like what i happen to be wearing
the day that someone takes a picture
is my new statement for all womankind

and i wish they could see us now
in leather bras and rubber shorts
like some ridiculous new team uniform
for some ridiculous new sport
quick someone call the girl police
and file a report

in a coffee shop in a city
which is every coffee shop
in every city
on a day which is every day
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oh my god, a castle!
Ani is instantly recognizable because she sings variations of the same song....
mostly find her somewhat painful.
I cannot believe there are real people in this world who do not like this song. I feel like the negative comments are just people trolling me. I'm donating again just for this song. Thanks Bill!!!
from the shape of your shaved head
i recognized your silhouette
as you walked out of the sun and sat down
and the sight of your sleepy smile eclipsed all the other people
as they paused to sneer at the two girls from out of town
and i said, "look at you this morning
you are by far the cutest
but be careful getting coffee
i think these people want to shoot us
or maybe there's some kind of local competition here
to see who can be the rudest"

How could anyone dislike this?
Just don't like it...
Schizophrenic. Make it stop.
Compared to Ani's first album or even Dilate, Little Plastic Castle is such a disappointment.  
 DrLex wrote:
So, I have to choose between turning up the volume on this song I don't like, or enduring the noise of a colleague invoking the sound of two rodents gnawing on a piece of dry bread by hitting his laptop keyboard with a technique appropriate for ancient cast-iron mechanical typewriters. I think this song is the lesser torture.

  yeah, whatever. don't try so hard next time.


Bloody awful.  Syncopation is an awkward couple tripping on each other's feet while dancing.  If there were a -10 that is what it would score. 
Love it. There are better-crafted songs, perhaps, but none that have the heart.
Excellent album, this song more average given the album.
 markybx wrote:
This deserves a little bump just for being "different".

 
I like it
 DrLex wrote:
So, I have to choose between turning up the volume on this song I don't like, or enduring the noise of a colleague invoking the sound of two rodents gnawing on a piece of dry bread by hitting his laptop keyboard with a technique appropriate for ancient cast-iron mechanical typewriters. I think this song is the lesser torture.

 
You made me laugh....been there. Sounds like the "PSD" button might solve your dilemma!
This deserves a little bump just for being "different".
 twoplain2sea wrote:
Lipstick etc deserves a place in the museum of conscious

 
Consciousness?
 conglif wrote:
Personally, I find it VERY entertaining to listen to music that I'm not sure whether I will end up liking or not. (Even if I end up not liking it, I find the process itself to be highly entertaining.)

To me, listening only to that which I already like is boring as hell.

Radio Paradise is my favorite station for exactly that reason. (If I just wanted to hear all my favorite songs, I could just buy an iPod and load it up and go with it.)

When RP plays a song I DON'T like, I just think of it as a better deal than listening to a commercial.

 
Well said.  I agree completely.
Lipstick etc deserves a place in the museum of conscious
If you're an Ani fan, check this out: http://whatigot.com/see-it/

it's a trailer for a documentary I worked on. Ani was part of it, this album was just coming out at the time her concerts were shot for the film.  There used to be more clips out there but I can't find them right now. 
 unclehud wrote:
 Jelani wrote:
I agree. what a horror this voice is. So stoooopidly affected. Is she singing while working out on a treadmill?
Catch your breath babe! 

I think she's very passionate about the message she's delivering.  Did you listen to the lyrics, or is that beyond your limited attention span?

 Didn't comment on the lyrics(or her passion), which fall completely within the range of my attention span. I commented on the delivery. 


So, I have to choose between turning up the volume on this song I don't like, or enduring the noise of a colleague invoking the sound of two rodents gnawing on a piece of dry bread by hitting his laptop keyboard with a technique appropriate for ancient cast-iron mechanical typewriters. I think this song is the lesser torture.
 conglif wrote:
Personally, I find it VERY entertaining to listen to music that I'm not sure whether I will end up liking or not. (Even if I end up not liking it, I find the process itself to be highly entertaining.)

To me, listening only to that which I already like is boring as hell.

Radio Paradise is my favorite station for exactly that reason. (If I just wanted to hear all my favorite songs, I could just buy an iPod and load it up and go with it.)

When RP plays a song I DON'T like, I just think of it as a better deal than listening to a commercial.

 
what he said
10.  For all you Ani haters out there.  
Unbearable.  
 casey1024 wrote:
I don't believe I have ever said this before about a song on RP - but this is awful.
Mind you, this is not a comment on the lyric of the song - it SOUNDS awful.  To the point that I no longer care what the message is.  Now, that's awful.

 

exactly, precisely, absolutely, you betcha boy howdy, I feel your pain, I mean FEEL- scratch that - HEAR your pain
Personally, I find it VERY entertaining to listen to music that I'm not sure whether I will end up liking or not. (Even if I end up not liking it, I find the process itself to be highly entertaining.)

To me, listening only to that which I already like is boring as hell.

Radio Paradise is my favorite station for exactly that reason. (If I just wanted to hear all my favorite songs, I could just buy an iPod and load it up and go with it.)

When RP plays a song I DON'T like, I just think of it as a better deal than listening to a commercial.


Ani is great!  Singing about things that matter.
 Jelani wrote:
I agree. what a horror this voice is. So stoooopidly affected. Is she singing while working out on a treadmill?
Catch your breath babe! 

I think she's very passionate about the message she's delivering.  Did you listen to the lyrics, or is that beyond your limited attention span?
LOVE IT!!

You go, girl, and tell it like it is!
 leathepea wrote:
A little ska flavor this this one....I like it.
 
Like putting a little Ska flavor on a turd.
 ethanpil wrote:
Every once in a while a song comes along that is so horrific that it makes me want to destroy the universe.  This is one of those songs.
 
I agree. what a horror this voice is. So stoooopidly affected. Is she singing while working out on a treadmill?
Catch your breath babe! 
A little ska flavor this this one....I like it.
Man this completely destroyed the good vibe that was established with the last 10 songs, which was one of those only-on-RP sequences.  Ani Difranco has some decent songs but this isn't one of them.

Phew.  Back to iTunes for a few hours... songs like this make me wonder if I can stand to listen to RP.
 ethanpil wrote:
Every once in a while a song comes along that is so horrific that it makes me want to destroy the universe.  This is one of those songs.
 
she's just one of those "artists"
I don't believe I have ever said this before about a song on RP - but this is awful.
Mind you, this is not a comment on the lyric of the song - it SOUNDS awful.  To the point that I no longer care what the message is.  Now, that's awful.

Every once in a while a song comes along that is so horrific that it makes me want to destroy the universe.  This is one of those songs.
I don't like it either.
In an Ani DiFranco song, which is every Ani DiFranco song....

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like a lot of Ani's stuff, but not this song.
This is shit.  WTF, Bill?  Srsly.
Ever notice her voice sounds like William Shatner over-acting as James Kirk?  Just imagine her singing "You Klingon bastard, you killed my son!" with an angry acoustic guitar riff.

This is really bad... she has some bright spots but this isn't one of them.

People will like anything.
So, I was, like, sittin' in front of my aquarium and I thought, "Oh wow, I could, like write a song about it!"

Jesus, that's lame.


I had to log in just to comment that I haven't heard a more mindless, disjointed, cliche song in a very long time... booooo

Very cool instrumentation on this.

And coolest of all is that (without hearing it first), if I just saw a listing of the instruments, I would have no idea it would sound like this.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
I love this song in particular because for me it sums up what I admire most about Ani DiFranco, specifically her refusal to let anyone dictate to her who she should be.

We all know the first part of the song is about two women putting up with the rude stares of the provincial townfolk, but how many people listen to the rest of the lyrics?  The whole second half of the song is an attack on the Lesbian Feminist culture of the day that dictated how a woman was supposed to dress (baggy plaid), what makeup to wear (none), and argued incessantly on the correct spelling of "woman" (is it "womyn", or "wommin", or what?).

Ani knew then that if a group is "freeing" you from oppression only to tell you what to wear or how to behave, then they really aren't freeing you at all, they're just giving you a new set of chains.

She shows us what Feminism can be, and she's my hero.

 

Cause sometimes the song isn't just about the singer. 
great album... but the magic of Ani is to see her live, in my opinion! Never have seen a more infectious performer.
 MojoJojo wrote:
Oof.     Had to tune out. And now a little Groove Salad to cleanse the pallet... 

 
is Groove Salad good for the the somaFM?

Oof.     Had to tune out. And now a little Groove Salad to cleanse the pallet...