Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Baby Dyke Con Job: The Teen Lesbian Come-On Created to Market the Russian Duo Tatu Is Cover for Music That's a Real Turnoff

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Baby Dyke Con Job: The Teen Lesbian Come-On Created to Market the Russian Duo Tatu Is Cover for Music That's a Real Turnoff

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200 km/h in the Wrong Lane * Tatu * Interscope

Boy, if Morrissey supposedly got snitty over 10,000 Maniacs covering "Every Day Is Like Sunday," one can only imagine how he feels about Tatu's version of "How Soon Is Now?" At least Natalie Merchant knows a thing or two about pathos; the gifts of Tatu plumb emotionality only slightly better than Kelly Osbourne does.

To blame their youth, however, is to question the gimmick: two dewy adolescent Russians adding a lesbian jolt to teen pop's fading schoolgirl fantasies. That's just provocative enough to have earned them attention in Europe, even though questions remain as to the exact nature of Lena Katina and Julia Volkova's relationship. Are they really budding lesbians or just femme trade looking to capture headlines by whatever means necessary? And given that they're barely legal by U.S. standards, isn't the oversexed come-on just as reprehensible as the making-up-the-band shenanigans of their aging teen-pop predecessors?

Exploitation issues aside, Tatu's music simply doesn't translate well to American ears accustomed to scripted rebellion and canned angst. …

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