I went to a beautiful wedding this weekend. The music during the reception was a great mix of styles, genres, and time periods. They played the Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald duet “A Fine Romance.”
That got me thinking about irony in music. No, not that Alanis Morisette song that showed very little understanding of what irony is. Actual irony in which what is said is opposite of what is meant.
One of my favorite ironic songs is No Doubt’s “Just a Girl.” I remember a friend in high school, knowing my feminist bent, told me I would hate the song. When I heard it, I wondered how he could totally miss the meaning of the song — she’s not happy that she’s being boxed in by being a girl. This is a classic protest song, and Gwen Stefani uses irony brilliantly. I loved it then, and I love it now. You can watch the video here.