Watch Neko Case and Kelly Hogan rip on fanboy culture in “These Aren’t the Droids”

One day, Girl Power will be an actual fuel source. Made of actual girls.

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- Jul 10, 2014

"These aren't the droids" must be enchanted words formed by the right lips. Wielded by Obi-Wan, Luke and his robo-pals manage safe passage under the noses of a Galactic Empire blockade. When Neko Case and longtime collaborator Kelly Hogan tell us "these aren't the droids I was looking for," all of popular sci-fi, Vader through "shiny sexbots with only holes," becomes folly — the bone- and boner-headed daydream of male teenagers.

This little comic gem is a rebel song in the plainest sense: the future was designed by teenage guys, it looks like a permanent comic-con, and that's not a future that Neko Case or Kelly Hogan (or I for that matter) really want to live in. Instead, they proffer a more humane, more feminist version of tomorrow: guns that shoot feelings! A fundamental appreciation of literacy (but fewer shades of grey)! Everbody'd have more hair!

Along with tracks from Patton Oswalt, Aimee Mann, and Yo La Tengo, "These Aren't the Droids" appears on the comedy compilation 2776, in benefit of the charity OneKid OneWorld.

These Aren't the Droids (Neko Case, Ellie Kemper, Kelly Hogan)

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