Warning: Grossness and vulgarity ahead.

According to Wiki, band Xiu Xiu fits into the “post-punk, art rock, experimental rock, synth pop” genres.

A child of the 60s-70s, I’m open to this kind of music. I even found Deadmau5 ‘s Grammy performance fascinating.

But Xiu Xiu is simply creepy. For instance:

The music video for the song “Dear God, I Hate Myself” received negative attention online in 2010. The video consists of Angela Seo inducing vomiting over the course of the three minute song, culminating with her vomiting on [Jamie] Stewart, who has been eating a chocolate bar during the entire video.

I warned you. My heart breaks at how dark the other side can be.

Against that backdrop it should come as no surprise that one of the songs on Xiu Xiu’s new album is, “I Luv Abortion.” The backdrop, according to vomitee Stewart (pictured right):

A young friend of mine, who had gone through period of cutting herself eventually mailing me the knife which now sits on my recording desk, found herself still a teenager and pregnant. She knew that it was not time for her to be a parent to her future child but she could love him or her when it good for them both. She called this vanished baby “little jizzo”. It was so striking to me that she could have an abortion out of love. The song is also a big F*** YOU to the Right wing in America.

Message received. That aside, I did wonder whether the cutting began before or after the abortion. If I were a betting woman, I’d bet after.

It also surprised me to learn Stewart is 40. I would have guessed 20. Grow up, man.

At any rate, without further adieu, I give you, “I Luv Abortion.” It is truly satanic. You may want to follow along with the lyrics, because you’ll have a hard time understanding otherwise.


Actually, aside from the line, “a hyena infected with rabies would give birth to you,” which I don’t quite understand, the lyrics contain many of the reasons the other side cites to abort – “the restrictions is gone… the worries is gone… when the time is right I will love you like I should… there are too many important things I can’t be for yooooou…” What’s the prob?

Well, according to Alyssa at ThinkProgress.org,:

T]he lyrics themselves are not exactly what even the most pro-choice of us would call on-message. I was really struck – and turned off by – the lines: “You are too good for this life / a hyena infected with rabies would give birth to you / there are too many important things i can’t be for yooooou.”

Now, I am all for people being able to control their reproductive health so they don’t get pregnant when they don’t want to be, and for them being able to have abortions or give children up for adoption if they feel they can’t raise children. Kids should be wanted. But comparing girls who do give birth to “a hyena infected with rabies”? That’s ludicrous and disgusting.

I may worry for teenagers who have babies. But the only right thing to hope for them and their children is that they get the support they need so their kids grow up healthy and they can become self-sustaining. Treating them like they’re animals, or pretending you’re superior for getting a medical procedure that is not always easily available, is no way to start that conversation.

Actually, the other side exerts a lot of energy messaging teens that crisis pregnancies only result in their being “punished with a baby,” meaning abortion is the superior decision.

SF Rebirth called the song “stomach churning” and belted out “in a truly disgusting retching voice between even more horrifying screams and wails.”

40ozRobot.com wrote the song was “sonically disturbing and absonant, mired in politics Xiu Xiu-style: uncomfortable, blatant, and at times tactless. All the product of Xiu Xiu’s master plan: to unearth and lay naked the human soul and the abhorrence therein.”

It seems to me the problem otherwise open-minded hipsters have with “I Luv Abortion” is the same problem pro-lifers have with it. The song indeed lays naked the abhorrence of abortion, in both word and  presentation.

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