Pop and polemic, hand in hand
Meghan Trainor reckons you’re inch perfect – and we’d have to agree
There are several ways to appreciate the song of the season that is Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass. For a start, it’s a slinky, sassy, superb tune, tailor-made to be shaking its stuff all over your radio with its alluring doo-wop tones and wonky pop drops. The video is also viral-friendly eye-candy, with 70 million YouTube views to date and counting.
Then, more importantly, there’s the body-positive message wrapped in the lyrics of this most bodacious of tunes. Between calling out the fashion media’s abuse of Photoshop and challenging the idea that all pop stars should be size zero minxes, the 20-year-old Massachusetts’ native sets out her stall in favour of those with “all the right junk in all the right places”.
It’s a sweet and smart track that manages to do a hell of a lot in just a couple of minutes. Like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and others have done before her, Trainor posits that there’s plenty of room for those who don’t necessarily fit into the carefully calibrated body measurements that usually hold sway in popland.
A song which celebrates that “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top” is a blessed relief from the nonsense of the messages usually trans- mitted in pop lyrics and videos.
We certainly need more defiant tunes like this – and we’d like if they came just as bright and bubbly. Subversive tunes only work when you remember the pop as well as the polemic.
Meghan Trainor: body-positive message wrapped in the lyrics
of a bodacious tune