The Eagle Online - July 1998

Forest Notes
Washington, D.C.

  The goth girls with cellos known as Rasputina make a few subtle shout-outs on their forthcoming new album, How We Quit the Forest, due Aug. 4 on Columbia. Their subjects? Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Rose Kennedy, Lesley Gore, and even Tattoo -- er, Herve Villechaize -- from Fantasy Island. With song titles like "The New Zero" and "Dwarf Star," it's not hard to figure out what's about who. When asked if "The New Zero" is about Corgan, Rasputina's Melora Creager tells us, "I will admit when I was working on the song, on the music or the chorus, I was like, 'Oh, that sounds like Smashing Pumpkins.'"

  Then she thought better of it. "I'm like, 'Oh, fuck him, I'll show him 'Zero.' It's the new 'Zero.'" So is she the New Zero? "No, no, just a fictitious one." As for the song "Rose K.," about the Kennedy matriarch, Creager explains, "A lot of times in popular music, we write about the same things over and over again, and aging is one of those things. The tragedy of old age is something I was thinking about. It's kind of an Alzheimer's ballad, just the imagery of the near-to-vegetable state of Rose Kennedy, and it's like everyone's always fighting over the furniture or something."

  Creager says she wrote "Dwarf Star" simply because she had Villechaize in her mind, while the Lesley Gore ode is in her cover of Gore's hit, "You Don't Own Me," which Creager sings with delightful sarcasm. "I'm drawn to these kinds of sarcastic, coy, cloying songs," she says. "It's more about the music to me, but I like those snotty words."