Media consultant Janessa Slater (played by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer) has offered her (always terrible) wisdom to musicians “Weird Al” Yankovic, Drake, and St. Vincent in previous installments of Sound Advice. This week, she sits down with Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney to try and fix their image.
Thanks to Janessa’s cluelessness about Riot Grrrl, the video lets Tucker give a quick explanation of the movement, which the host, of course, quickly segues into a self-centered, rambling monologue about how men should treat women better by buying them lobster dinners. The straight-faced, tense responses of Sleater-Kinney are perfect up against Janessa’s loud vapidity.
“So as an all-girl band, how many mysteries have you solved?” Janessa asks them, which also gives the band a chance to get in a critique of the use of the “all-girl” modifier interviewers always use with them. You wouldn’t ever say “all-male band” (although, Janessa apparently does call U2 a “man band”).
In the words of Janessa: “Take that, misogynists everywhere.”