Jill Sobule may be best known for her lesbian tongue-in-cheek tribute “I Kissed A Girl” in the mid-90s. Or perhaps you remember her witty contribution to the “Clueless” soundtrack, “Supermodel.”
Sobule, however, is no one hit wonder. She’s been toiling criminally underappreciated this whole time, putting out album after album of witty, incisive and catchy pop tunes. She also knows how to write a tearjerker. Take the song “Mexican Wrestler” from her 2000 album “Pink Pearl,” where she sings about wishing she could don a red vinyl mask and body slam the nameless person she wants to love her. “I can crack all your ribs, but I can’t break your heart,” she sings.
Sobule’s latest album is “Underdog Victorious” (Artemis Records). In a January 2005 interview on NPR Weekend Edition, Sobule told Liane Hansen that the measure of true success was owning your own washer and dryer. “And I’m almost there,” she said. Help Sobule realize her dream by seeing her perform Dec. 2 in Ann Arbor with Cyndi Lauper and Sandra Bernhard. And pick up a cool Jill Sobule t-shirt, too.
Sandra Bernhard is very shy and quiet. And if you believe that then you’ve clearly never heard of her before. And if you haven’t heard of her, where have you been?
With a career spanning over 25 years performing in film, television and on the stage, Bernhard has a reputation for razor-sharp wit and her biting commentary, not to mention her gorgeous lips (one of her books is appropriately titled, “May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra?”). She also played the infamous lesbian on TV’s “Rosanne.” The New York Times called her live performance Òan angst-driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride.”
“I think people are a little bit intimidated by me,” Bernhard once told MetroActive.com. “You know, I’m not exactly a wilting flower, so I think they’re a little bit scared of me sometimes.” But she is not so scary. “In one of my books, the line was ‘Love is the only shocking act left on the face of the earth,'” she told MetroActive.com. “I think that being real, being honest, being emotional are all things that disarm people, much more than just being a smartass.”
Witness the wonder of Ms. Sandra as she stops in Ann Arbor with her friends Cyndi Lauper and Jill Sobule Dec. 2.