Three women wearing naked-muscle-man bodysuits and fright wigs are flaunting giant fake guitars. Standing spread-legged and pumping their right fists, they are imitating a rock band giving a show. Their faces are contorted in rebellious victory.

The Clichettes

(Louise Garfield, Janice Hladki and Johanna Householder, 1978-1992)

 

Go to Hell

1985

Video-performance
2 min 15 sec
Video: courtesy of the artists and Vtape
© The Clichettes


Go to Hell is a lip-snyc performance of the 1982 song of the same name by the English rock band Motörhead. Here, the all-woman Clichettes are costumed in anatomically correct male bodysuits complete with six-pack abs and genitalia. Armed with fake guitars, they are parodying the macho posturing of “cock-rock” bands. By spoofing the gestures of those musicians and lip-syncing their lyrics, The Clichettes were hilariously denouncing the contrived affectations of male stars.


The Toronto-based satirical performance group The Clichettes made their debut in 1978. Composed of Louise Garfield, Janice Hladki and Johanna Householder, the trio voiced strong feminist and political views in lip-synced renditions of popular songs. As the name suggests, The Clichettes used pop culture clichés, combined with brash humour, to contest gender stereotypes. In 1984, they won the National Lip-Sync Championships in Houston, Texas. The group disbanded in 1992.

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Go to Hell lyrics

You told me that you wanted it
I knew it wasn’t true
Turned out to be the truth, babe
You know what you can do

You can go to hell
You can go to hell
Goodbye for you

Wrapped around your little finger
Under your thumb too
You know that I’m a singer
I’m singing just for you

You can go to hell
You can go to hell
So much for you

Hope you got my little message
I hope you hear me
I thought you might’ve been the answer
Obviously crazy

You can go to hell
You can go to hell
But you’re a fair screw

I guess I better get moving
Lots of things I’ve gotta do
I realize it was a waste of time
Talking sense to you

You can go to hell
You can go to hell
You can go to hell
You can go to hell

The Clichettes

(Louise Garfield, Janice Hladki and Johanna Householder, 1978-1992)

 

Go to Hell

1985

Video-performance
2 min 15 sec
Video: courtesy of the artists and Vtape
© The Clichettes