April 8, 2010

Adam Ant//Goody Two Shoes

You know how bad can mean good? Well, good can also be bad. This usually takes the form of being "too good."

There's something about people being or acting perfect that annoys us and turns good into an insult. Kiss Up. Goodie Goodie. Brown Noser. Goody Two Shoes. We find ourselves irked at the fact that these "Goodies" don't have any obviously discernible flaws, like us. Actually, what bothers us is that we can't believe it. We know it's a cover-up. We speculate on what shocking and terrible secret they're holding inside and we often try to expose it. This is what Adam Ant (whose act was called Adam and The Ants for a while) is trying to explain here and he does a great job.

Ant could lay into the Goody Two Shoes in this song because he definitely wasn't one. One incident, from Wikipedia:

Ant was poised to join the '80s-focused Here & Now tour in January 2002, but was unable to do so after he was charged with throwing a car alternator through a pub window and then threatening patrons with an imitation firearm. When Ant showed up, some of the pub patrons had made fun of his appearance and told him that the man he was looking for was not present. Ant angrily told them he would be back before storming off and finding the car alternator in the street.
Ant was brought to court at Old Bailey. The charges against him (which included criminal damage and threatening members of the public) were reduced to a single count of causing affray, to which he pleaded guilty. He was fined £500 and ordered to psychiatric care with a suspended sentence.

There's nothing subtle about throwing an alternator through a bar window.

Changing the subject, have you guys noticed that it's FUCKING GORGEOUSLY PERFECT WEATHER TODAY?!? Stop reading this. Go outside now.

Goody Two Shoes.mp3

Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow,
There must be something inside.

The definition of a "Goody Two Shoes" is a smugly virtuous person. A little history on the etymology: After the title character in The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, a children's book believed to have been written by Oliver Goldsmith. In this moralistic nursery tale, Margery is an orphan who has only one shoe. One day, when she gets the full pair, she runs about shouting, "Two shoes!" Eventually she becomes rich and educated through her virtue and hard work. The word goody was a polite term of address for a woman of humble social status. It's a contraction of the word goodwife and was formerly used as a title in a manner similar to the current "Mrs." More here.


jakobso said...

whoa. did you know about malcolm mclaren when you picked this song for today?

g said...

I had no idea! Total coincidence!

This from The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/music-obituaries/7569147/Malcolm-McLaren.html)

"In 1979, McLaren was invited to provide a new image for the band Adam and the Ants. For a consultancy fee of £1,000, he came up with a combination of American Indian and pirate garb, before suggesting to the band’s guitarist and rhythm section that they abandon their singer, Adam Ant, and join a new group McLaren was forming called Bow Wow Wow. "