Track of the Day: 'Janie's Got a Gun'

Spencer has a new piece up looking at the trend of music videos depicting violent acts of female retribution against men, pegged to a new video for Disclosure’s “Magnets,” which “ends with the featured vocalist Lorde tying a guy to a chair, pushing that chair into a swimming pool, and then lighting the pool on fire.”

Spencer runs through many examples of the subgenre, but one music video he neglects to mention was one of my favorites when I was a kid: Aerosmith’s 1989 hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” which depicts the revenge killing of a father who sexually abused his daughter. (I was a kind of a dark kid, I guess.) The video was directed by David Fincher, before he became the feature-length creator of brilliant films like Fight Club and Zodiac. Here’s a short history of how Aerosmith’s song was variously revised, censored, and banned.

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