Well, call me Cassandra, because that sentiment may become reality — at least the Julie Ruin/Miley pairing — as Hanna has tweeted at Cyrus asking her to collaborate. And you know what, guys? It’s kind of crazy enough to work. It could even be… pretty cool, to quote Vanessa Bayer.
Last week, Cyrus posted a series of photos to Instagram of the iconic Bikini Kill frontwoman, who’s currently tearing it up in the Julie Ruin. Monday (August 4), Hanna thanked Miley for the love, tweeting an offer that the “Wrecking Ball” singer would be insane not to take. Perhaps the mystery album could just be 13 different versions of “Suck My Left One” featuring Miley dueting with all the heavy-hitters in the female punk scene? A girl can dream.
Hey @MileyCyrus so sweet you posted pics of me…have an idea for an album that only you are daring enough to make .
— Kathleen Hanna (@kathleenhanna) August 4, 2014
The idea of Miley Cyrus working with the Queen of the Riot Grrrls is likely to set off some people’s Four Horseman alarms, but in a lot of ways, the match makes sense. First of all, Hanna has been open about her respect for female pop musicians. In an interview with MTV News’ Tamar Anitai and Grimes, she expounded on Beyoncé’s feminism, and in speaking with Tiny Mixtapes, she gave Miley her due, saying, “If she says she’s a feminist, then who I am to stop her? I’m not the feminist police. I don’t get to determine that. I’m happy that young women are embracing that term, for whatever reason it means to them. Maybe for her it’s about freedom of sexuality and freedom of expression.”
Secondly, both women have faced intense scrutiny for being unapologetic female musicians, so they might as well do it together. Hanna saw her share of backlash for being a female musician in a largely male scene — she told MTV Hive about her Bikini Kill days: “I was also getting all of this hate mail and people were threatening me and saying, ’You don’t deserve to live. You should put duct tape on your mouth.’ I was really freaked out.” Her answer to that derision was to iron the words “Kill Me” on a dress and go back on stage.
Miley has also received her share of derision and threats for going from Disney star to semi-absurd sexpot — a state of affairs she has handled by, for one, going on stage at the 2013 VMAs and getting fresh with a foam finger. Sound familiar? Neither of these women are about to let the press and the people’s opinions of them keep them down.
Finally, it’s just time for something like this to happen. What’s brewing in the zeitgeist always ends up bubbling up through the pop world — from Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift incorporating EDM into their sound to Miley going thoroughly hip-hop. It’s only a matter of time — especially with so many young, up-and-coming rock bands hitting the scene — before pop and rock start hanging out again.
Miley’s been working her way into new musical territories (including punk and indie) for a while now, actually — not only has she been paling around with The Flaming Lips, Alt-J sampled (you guessed it!) “4×4″ in their new single “Hunger of the Pine.”
Miley has yet to respond to Hanna’s call — at least on Twitter — but we’ll be waiting anxiously to see what they come up with. If it’s a cover of “4×4″ featuring Potty Mouth and and Screaming Females, however, I’m going to have to insist on playing tambourine in your band, ladies.