But really, they’re not going for “good.” What they’re going for is a total deconstruction of one of rock’s most canonical classics. Is it still “Satisfaction” if you subtract the drums, the guitar riff, and most of the vocal melody? Maybe not. But it’s a crafty idea to sing a song about nonconformity by defying all conventions, including the song’s own conventions for itself. And if there’s anything Björk and PJ Harvey do have in common as female solo artists, it’s that they’ve both unflaggingly flipped the bird to rules written by men, musical or otherwise.
It’s as if, after laughing about their sparkly heart clippies over a pint, they signed their contracts with their fingers crossed behind their backs. Oh, you want us to sing the official second-favorite song of white maledom? About how upset a man is that women won’t sleep with him? Well, all right. But you may not like what you hear.