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I Kissed a Girl - before?

Many of you may not remember this, but Jill Sobule had a hit with a song entitled "I Kissed a Girl" back in 1995, long before Katy Perry exploded with her own tune; a different song with the same title. Here's the first time we "Kissed":

Unlike my feelings for a similar situation involving a Rhianna song that shares the title of a Madonna hit ("Take a Bow" anyone?), I actually really like both versions of this song. They both have different sentiments, so I don't feel like it's an original that's being recycled. But... what does the first girl-kisser have to say about the latter?

Jill Sobule spoke out: “I don't feel precious about the title, but I've gotten tons of e-mails from annoyed fans....Some think it’s more of a Girls Gone Wild thing than anything shocking or empowering to true gay feelings....Maybe I'll write a third 'I Kissed a Girl' for fun. It will be about how I kissed her, I left the dull boyfriend, got gay-married in California, and really no one gave a s---.” Still, Sobule does confess: "Katy Perry's song is a kind of catchy party song, although I will admit that I do smile when a critique mentions my version in a more favorable light. Is that wrong?”

No Jill, it's not. And we like it. 

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August 21, 2008 10:54 AM

Ah, this song got a lot of play back when I was in high school. I still think that the 90's brought forward some of the best tough, strong-willed female front-ladies ever. (Read: Veruca Salt, Velocity Girl, Animal Logic, Sheryl Crow, Meredith Brooks, Alanis Morissette, to name only a small portion) Heard the song a million times but never actually saw the video.

And for the record, I like Jill Sobule's song much better than Katy Perry's, which sounds so generic to me...

Peter Redmer
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August 22, 2008 10:13 PM

Yeah, the 90's was a really great decade for female empowerment. Peter, you mentioned some great musicians--poets, really. But let's not forget the saccharine-coated lyrics of 90's pop queens like the Spice Girls.

While artists like Jill Sobule express some important feminine ideals, "generic", poppy party tunes can actually be just as empowering.

September 4, 2008 8:27 PM

Howard Stern had Katy Perry on a few days ago. But he didn't know who Jill Sobule is even though someone told him.

He should do a side by side comparison of the two songs.

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