LISTEN: Punk pioneers The Replacements’ most straightforward love song is about a couple who’s anything but
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Quite a few songs from the past that have spoken to the LGBTQ+ community initially had to hide their true meaning in metaphors, innuendos, and entendres. That is not the case with The Replacements’ “Androgynous,” which is about as in-your-face with its message as possible.
The song tells the story of two individuals, Dick and Jane, who fall in love. That may seem pretty straightforward, but as it turns out, there’s nothing “straight” about their romance.
From the moment the tune begins, it’s clear that it’s about two individuals who don’t follow the norms of society. “Here comes Dick, he’s wearing a skirt / Here comes Jane, y’know she’s sporting a chain” sings the band’s frontman Paul Westerberg, who also