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Never Mind the Genitals, Here's Lilla Lovis

The Local · 16 Oct 2011, 22:26

Published: 13 Oct 2011 09:12 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Oct 2011 22:26 GMT+02:00

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A candy-haired Stockholmer with a bubblegum sound and a very dirty mouth, Lilla Lovis has been gaining a cult following for her singles about...well, most of them are unmentionable here.

Often associated with the könsrock genre – “sex rock” or “genital rock”, which is known for deliberately shocking, graphic lyrics, she has been accused of being both an assault on good taste and a girl just having fun.

Rooted in late-70s punk, könsrock features songs are often dripping with sexually explicit lyrics that touch on topics considered by many to be taboo.

In addition, könsrock melodies and music are generally upbeat, even jovial, making for what can be jarring juxtapositions when paired with lyrics sprinkled with profanity and scatological references.

Perhaps the most well-known könsrock band is Onkel Kånkel and his kånkelbär ('dingleberries'), considered by many to be the godfather of the genre in Sweden.

First formed in 1979, Onkel Kånkel was best known for songs with crude lyrics that mocked paedophilia, Nazism, and the disabled.

The band courted controversy in 1995 when Social Democrat MP Inge Carlsson petitioned then-justice minister Laila Freivalds to “prohibit offensive music” after being contacted by a teacher who was offended by Onkel Kånkel's lyrics.

Freivalds rejected the request, however, lamenting that the lyrics were “disgusting and tragic, but allowed” according to Sweden's free speech laws.

More recently, Sveriges Radio (SR) P3 was reported to the Swedish Broadcasting Commission (Granskningsnämnden för radio och TV) after a prime time August 31st broadcast which included an Onkel Kånkel song thought to encourage paedophilia with texts about having sex with the baby Jesus.

While Lilla Lovis hasn't yet been reported to authorities, she seems to be well on her way to carrying on the könsrock tradition of singing songs that leave many wincing in disgust.

Last summer, she released her first English-language single “Hard to Get”, a fast-paced electro-pop number where she chirps about a man’s failure to get it up.

Two other recent singles feature lyrics such as "I never spit out my snus before I suck cock" and "It is not rape if it is a girl who rapes".

And while Lilla Lovis leaves few in an audience unmoved, she makes no excuses for it, The Local learned after catching up with the emerging Swedish star to ask her a few questions and probe what lies behind the bitter-sweet façade.

TL: Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?

LL: "I'm Lilla Lovis. I love children and cake."

TL: What brought you into music, and the kind of music you're doing now?

LL: "I don't remember. Probably something stupid."

TL: Can you tell us a bit about "könsrock"? You're sometimes mentioned as a part of this genre, but do you consider yourself as a part of it?

LL: Some people write to me telling me that 'könsrock' must be made by men and be about women (and that I'm a fucking whore), and I'm not gonna argue with that. They can go bury themselves alive and take their precious 'könsrock' with them so I can piss and spill blood on their graves.

TL: This is your first English single - before now, it's been all in Swedish, am I right? What's this song about, and why an English single now?

LL: 'Hard to get' was actually first made as a birthday song for a good friend, so it's kind of a celebration song. When I played it to my record label boss he thought it was the best song I´ve made so far so, well, it felt kinda natural to release it as a single.

TL: Are you planning to play outside of Sweden? If so, where will you go?

LL: I'd like to play on Hawaii. It´d be cool to send postcards to my friends from there.

TL: Do you think having a career in Sweden, and in Stockholm - as opposed to, say, the US - has had an influence on what you do?

LL: It would of course be harder to write and have a career with Swedish lyrics anywhere else. But also since most of my friends live in Stockholm I got lots of support from them when I started doing this which meant, and means a lot. They're great!

TL: You wear the candy-coloured wigs, and the pretty dresses, and look so sweet. And then you sing these really graphic lyrics. What's with the contrast?

LL: People always used to call my style of clothing as 'child prostitute style', so I guess I just grew into that role, haha. I got very influenced by the Jenna Jameson biography when I read it a couple of years ago.

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Her story really touched me and I loved the pictures of her and her clothes when she was young. I did a tattoo with her name after reading that book.

TL: Before a visitor can enter your website, there's a warning about "objectionable" content from Blogger, which hosts your site. And some of the things you post or sing about aren't for the weak stomached. Is there anything you won't sing about?

LL: Not as long as I think it's interesting or has some other kind of value.

TL: If you weren't doing music, what do you think you would be doing?

LL: I love hats and I want to learn how to make them!

TL: What's coming up next for you?

LL: To release the 2 new seven inches and make a cool video for "hard to get". Then I want to go on vacation.

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14:20 October 13, 2011 by Douglas Garner
Only surprise is that The Local is providing free advertising for this young woman.
14:31 October 13, 2011 by Roy E
The Local seems to be rather big on celebrating dysfunction and inverted morality. Given a choice between taking the high road or taking the low road, people's choices make powerful statements as to their character.
14:58 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Lilla Lovis. Yawn! Just goes to show that overt sexual "gimmicks" make up for a huge deficit in the talent department. Anyone who can actually, really use a great voice and sing doesn't need to be selling their "assets" in order for someone to listen.

However, this is a perfect story for the Local. I am sure the Local employee who sets up the Storyboard to the side here in the "Society" section (Midweek Revellers/ Weekends Finest) who feel the only people in Sweden worthy of a mention are drunk or semi drunk teenage girls out in a bar and frequently making out with each other is thrilled with this type of article.

Everyone is aware of the "information" Lilla Lovis is "putting out" in her songs. Shock value is so old school. Just really glad the lyrics are in Swedish so I and my kids can effectively tune them out. BORING!
15:00 October 13, 2011 by joeyt
I hope her hats will sound better.
15:42 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
Is this really "news" anyway? Who in "The Local" is a friend of this "lady" (hahah) anyway? My son is a singer songwriter who sings about world issues such as racism, global warming, hate etc. Wanna give me a call so we can set up an interview? He can even lick on an icicle to show the relevance to the polar icecaps melting.

Seriously...it is about the same thing. GET A GRIP!
15:46 October 13, 2011 by Svensksmith
Charming young lady. I'm sure her artistry will be recognized for years to come.
15:54 October 13, 2011 by Roy E
It's a reach, but perhaps there is some redeeming debate value in this article.

While both parties involved in this article are bankrupt, which one commits the greater offense? Is it the subject of the article for her behavior, or is it Katherine Dunn for promoting it?
16:04 October 13, 2011 by JoanDoe
Have you actually listened to it? She isn't even any good. I have to agree with jacquelinee "that overt sexual "gimmicks" make up for a huge deficit in the talent department." This girl sucks (no pun intended).
16:06 October 13, 2011 by jvtx3232
What does "candy-haired" mean? Is her hair really made out of candy or what?
17:01 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
Since, by this article, it is ok to promote a singer who is a terrible roll model for young women, not just in Sweden, please read the lyrics to this song by "Pink" (who also has candy coloured hair) She is a REAL roll model and a REAL singer. U tube has this Dear Mr. President by Pink. Please listen, I can't post the link sadly.

Dear Mr. President,

Come take a walk with me.

Let's pretend we're just two people and

You're not better than me.

I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?

Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?

What do you feel when you look in the mirror?

Are you proud?

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?

How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?

How do you walk with your head held high?

Can you even look me in the eye

And tell me why?

Dear Mr. President,

Were you a lonely boy?

Are you a lonely boy?

Are you a lonely boy?

How can you say

No child is left behind?

We're not dumb and we're not blind.

They're all sitting in your cells

While you pave the road to hell.

What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away?

And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?

I can only imagine what the first lady has to say

You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?

How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?

How do you walk with your head held high?

Can you even look me in the eye?

Let me tell you 'bout hard work

Minimum wage with a baby on the way

Let me tell you 'bout hard work

Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away

Let me tell you 'bout hard work

Building a bed out of a cardboard box

Let me tell you 'bout hard work

Hard work

Hard work

You don't know nothing 'bout hard work

Hard work

Hard work Oh

How do you sleep at night?

How do you walk with your head held high?

Dear Mr. President,

You'd never take a walk with me.

Would you?
17:24 October 13, 2011 by calebian22
We know for sure that Lionel Richie was not singing about this skank when the Commodores sang, "Three Times a Lady."
17:46 October 13, 2011 by Svensksmith
I think Loudon Wainwright III had a hit based upon this lady's sad demise in a traffic accident.
17:54 October 13, 2011 by calebian22
I think all would prefer a skunk over this skank.
18:10 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
She is not the first woman who felt they had no value except for their sexual value. Very sad. I guess she has some sort of oral talent to compensate for her lack of it when it comes to singing. Really disgraceful and a sad commentary that young women growing up today have this kind of valuless trash to emulate and sad that the media has given her the space to bring this kind of garbage passed off as "artistry" into focus.
18:47 October 13, 2011 by jvtx3232
"The Local seems to be rather big on celebrating dysfunction and inverted morality. Given a choice between taking the high road or taking the low road, people's choices make powerful statements as to their character." By Roy E

Roy, are you trying to insinuate that The Local is wont to promote promiscuity and deviant behavior and so forth?
19:07 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ jvtx3232

Yes that is EXACTLY what Roy is saying, and I agree with him.

I just went in to my facebook account, which is arguably the biggest social network vehicle worldwide today, and of all the news available in Sweden and worldwide to post reflecting"The Local" as a news vehicle what do you think they posted? No, it was not the Wall Street disgrace, not The Nobel Prize Winners names, not the research being done on the Vasa ship, not the Juholt scandal. No, it is THIS story about this crude, disgusting, talentless woman (and I use the term "loosely"). THAT is the news that they felt over 250 million facebook users worldwide have the propensity to hear as the news of Sweden and the world! It is VERY obvious that someone is using this site as a means for promotion for this so-called singer, and it is NOT cool!
19:28 October 13, 2011 by ITkiwi
She really sux (pun intended). Waste of space
19:37 October 13, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I will council this poor girl. Send her to my house with her teddy bear and little suitcase.
19:41 October 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
I believe this article in itself violates the "terms of use" issued by "The Local" itself as follows in excerpts from "the Locals" Terms Of Use:

•display pornographic, SEXUALLY EXPLICIT or violent material of any kind;

•promote information that you know is deceptive or phony or promote illegal activities or conduct that is INSULTING, OBSCENE, threatening, derogatory or slanderous;

•filmmaker or BAND profiles that uses SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE IMAGERY or any other unjust, false or deceiving material or content intended to draw traffic to the profile

Since there is no "report Abuse" buttons for articles, If you are offended by this article, PLEASE QUOTE THIS POST AND ASK TO HAVE THIS OFFENSIVE ARTICLE REMOVED.
22:34 October 13, 2011 by Adam_H
What a load of disgusting filth!

Just take it off your website


What is the matter with you degenerates in this country?

Have you had some operation to the frontal lobes that removes all sense of shame or human decency?

Certainly seems so.

So just take this revolting garbage off, and

00:05 October 14, 2011 by jacquelinee
I am ashamed of David Landes, the managing editor for allowing this filth to be published, Katherine Dunn for her article and these sick videos and the entire Local staff for allowing this filth on what use to be a credible news site.

GET RID OF IT and re-evaluate your ethics. Children look at this site AND people with some morals.
05:53 October 14, 2011 by OUIJA
Instead of Lilla Lovis, The Local should put more and more and more about Juholt. Both, in their spheres, are of the same caliber. This so-called "aritst" and the other so-called "politician". Both are disgusting, but, at least, Juholt looks funny, like a bunny.

For The Local to follow its own rules would be like asking a new miracle to Jesus. The Local, with this type of "news" has proven to be another Barely Legal, Sex Herald or the Swedish Aktuell Rapport.

And Katherine Dunn, with this story, looks like she will start a new career in the p... industry.

What a filth.
10:53 October 14, 2011 by jacquelinee
"The Local" obviously has no respect for it's readers who are deeply offended by this article and want it removed. Not only have they disregarded the requests of the readers, but have quite literally given us all the literary" finger" by posting this digusting filth in the "Highlight" section. As if this - - - - (person of ill repute) even remotely is some sort of highlight in Sweden or something Sweden can be proud of.

Well, just like the public does when the governmental party which is in power will not listen to what the public wants, we find another who will. So fellow readérs, here are some English alternatives for us and our families to read who perhaps WILL take the readers concerns seriously. We DO have alternatives.

1. Scandinavia Now

Scandinavian business magazine. in English

2. Scandinavian Insider

Sweden's leading English language magazine on lifestyle & business for the international community.

3. Stockholm News

Online English-language Swedish newspaper, with special focus on the capital city of Stockholm.

4. . Stockholm Town

Stockholm's official visitor's guide. Includes information on activities, accommodation, culture and attractions, dining and nightlife, and shopping.

5. Sweden.SE General News, entertainment information in English

And don't forget that most browser upgrades have included the ability to translate each page into the language of your choice.

This total disrespect and disregard of "The Local" towards it's readers AND towards it's very own Guidelines of usuage is a disgrace. Many posters have been blacklisted from this site for views that are just nursery rhymes compared to this trash that is STILL here and even Flaunted after our requests to have it removed.
19:11 October 14, 2011 by OUIJA
II fully agree with THE poster prior to mine. The Local has shown no respect at all for its readers and for the commentators by putting this filth as a top news like if this nobody was Madonna, when she is nothing more than, well, you all know what.

A poster suggests a boycott to T.L. I fully agree on that. Unfortunately, the sites suggested cannot be compared to this one, because

Swedish se links, are linked to The Local

Stockholm Town is nothing

Stockholm News. The comments must be analized and then pasted. It might take a while until you see your comment

Scandinavia Now has very old news and you cannot comment on anything.

The only one I would suggest is the English section of Swedish Radio. Link is the following:


I already put a comment and the whole thing looks like this:

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No signs of human trafficking in food factory raid

Published: kl 16:46 , Radio Sweden 1 kommentar 4 gillar

no news is good news

As usual, nobody knows what happens.


2011-10-14 18:44


If this comment is not deleted by the defenders of free speech at The Local, good luck. I will try to write the minimum in a "daily" which shows beautiful porno news like this one.

Where are Mr. James Savage, Paul Rapaciolli and David Landex? Do they read The Local or...?
00:16 October 16, 2011 by jacquelinee
The Local owes it's readers and it's advertisers a huge apology for publishing and promoting this filth.
17:13 October 17, 2011 by philster61
Yet again, another Swedish girl who talks too much.
01:02 October 18, 2011 by konseq
You conservative, sexist scum. Yes, I'm referring to all you commentors here. Your disgust of women who are not wisps (plus that some of the men are making sexual comments (with the logic "you are a slut, so come here - I'm a stud, even though I'm doing the same as you") and feeling the urge to analyze her (and come up with intelligent conclusions like "skank" and "talks too much") .

Lilla Lovis is not a woman thinking she has "no value except for their sexual value", she knows very well what she's doing. Yes, I see her as a good role model (that's the correct spelling, jacquelinee) since she's telling other girls not to be so afraid to be "unfeminine". She takes control over percieved sluttyness (she got the name from a porn site, where a friend of hers found a stolen, "normal" picture of her, telling the viewers that she was "Lilla Lovis" and she wanted sex in Stockholm tonight, so she took control over the name since her lawyer friend said it would be hard to press charges when the servers are abroad) and transforms it into something men believe to be ugly and crude (snus is still generally seen as a "manly" variety tobacco, and she's all messy and disgusting with it).

The Lilla Lovis project is a feminist act, but also just plain stupid fun. You not only fail to understand that and making yourselves look stupid, but you're also showing your sexism, intolerance and your patronizing of women.
02:14 October 18, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ konseq

It is not feminism. It is smut. Too bad she can not tell the difference. As for the Lilla Lovis Project being a feminist act. IT has set feminism back 100 years to the time when women were viewed as nothing but sex objects. Her own admited image of a "Child Prostitute" alone is a total statement against women, as are most of her lyrics. If you think she is a good role model I am sad for you.

Feminism promotes women to a level of being intelectually, valued fot their talents (otheras well as the ones in bed) accepted as contributing members to business ( not sex trade business) government, medicine, science, research. Feminism celebrates woman as complete in their attributes, not devoid of all but their sexual attributes.

The scary thing is that young girls may emulate her and become hookers or worse.
10:01 October 18, 2011 by Miss Kitten
It's hilarious how so many commenters here are shocked and disgusted, calling this woman a slut and her music filth. Well, guess what? That's exactly how you were supposed to react. The purpose of any art form is to get an emotional reaction. You just gave her one.

Sure it's filthy, smutty, shameful, and offensive. It's meant to be. None of you has the right to not be offended. If you don't like it, don't look at it. Don't listen to it. And get a grip, for god's sake.
11:26 October 18, 2011 by deardeceased
@ jacquelinee

This IS feminist. Her songs are really smart, and just because you can't see that doesn't mean it's like that. Obviously she has a great insight in the music history, and can comment it. I think her music is great and she has a strong point of view.

"The scary thing is that young girls may emulate her and become hookers or worse", really? Would you make your children listen to this? I wouldn't. I know what makes girls hookers, and that is men taking control of their lifes.
13:51 October 18, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ deardeceased

This is not feminist. You obviously are confused about the difference between feminism and pornography. Glad you think her "music hahahah" is great and songs like " I don't spit out my snus when I suck C--K "are really smart songs and reflective of the history of music. If so, it is a sad commentary about the music industry. Jenna Jamesion, after all, is her idol, enough said.

@ Miss Kitten

" The purpose of any art form is to get an emotional reaction." I guess Í never considered oral sex, child prostitution, rape, pedophilia, etc to be art. I do not have to listen and I certainly won't, but I have children, female children, who I want to grow up with morals and ethics and children often do not have the level of maturity to differentiate between what is good and what is garbage. Her "shock value" is FAR from art. She is merely a verbal hooker.

In a personal reply to an email I sent to James Savage, the managering editor of the Local, expressing outrage at this travesty towards decent journalism, he himself proclaimed her music "Tasteless" and admitted it was a mistake to have posted those (disgusting) videos. He also said the Local staff felt justified in this article because it reflects Swedish culture (That speaks VOLUMES about Swedish culture, and not in a good way!)

Personally, I consider this a disgrace, and have sent The Locals advertisers copies of this pathetic article, as well as links to the videos and a translation of the filthy lyrics. I am sure that reputable businesses, universities, government agencies etc. may not want the assumption made that they agree, or are in association with promoting filth. As an individual. I also do not want to have an association with this filth.

I have decided to delete my account here and get my news from a reputable news vehicle that reflects the decency in Sweden rather than the disgrace. I am not delusional and realise this won't matter to anyone at all, whether the staff of the Local, or many of the posters. However, it will make a huge difference to me, because I will have taken a stand against the moral decay reflected by this individual, that is destroying our world and our youth. I know at the end of the day, I will be able to look myself in the mirror and be proud that I have taken a stand and spoken up against promotion of FILTH being passed off as "Art".
10:00 October 19, 2011 by Byggare Bob
Lilla Lovis says nothing more than a whole slew of hip hop artists 24/7 on any number of music channels.

That she is a woman, political and makes no apologies opens her up for criticism.

As for Swedish mores and morals. SVT's Kobra programme ran a feature on her and "genitalia rock" back in the summer on prime time national television.

The Swedes, in contrast to some of the shrieking moral minority on here, can handle it.
13:14 October 19, 2011 by OUIJA
Apparently, some commentators her do not have a faintest idea about what is decency and what is not; what is good taste and what is not; what is common sense and what is not.

The reply given by James Savage to Jacquelinee "expressing outrage at this travesty towards decent journalism, he himself proclaimed her music "Tasteless" and admitted it was a mistake to have posted those (disgusting) videos. He also said the Local staff felt justified in this article because it reflects Swedish culture" says everything. In the name of the so-called Swedish culture, lets make journalism a Playboy, Hustler, Aktuellt Rapport and let us write here all the filthy words we can come up to, but without censorship.

The double moral shown by Savage is great. The Local deletes posts because they do not comply to the rules of "decency" established by the paper, but The Local publishes all the filth they can and want in the name of defending the Swedish culture.

I will delete my account too in the name of human decency.
03:32 October 23, 2011 by Bushyblondehead
Said she would like to sing in Hawaii, Ha ha, been there and they are very religious people in the Islands, no lotto no gambling ect. they wouldn't let her sing anywhere!
18:09 October 26, 2011 by BritVik
==Some people write to me telling me that 'könsrock' must be made by men and be about women (and that I'm a f*****g whore), and I'm not gonna argue with that. They can go bury themselves alive and take their precious 'könsrock' with them so I can p**s and spill blood on their graves. ==

Taken from the interview, which The Local thought fit to print in its entirety. It shows that the journalists are no better than LL in not having the good taste to use asterisks to prevent the complete word being thrust into everyone's face. No self respecting Newspaper in the UK would print swearwords in full. We know what is meant, but DO NOT NEED to see it in print. I would recommend The Local advise its journalists to do likewise. The fact of 'reporting as it is said' can be very distasteful to your readers. At 79, a male, I find it disgusting, to say the least.
19:26 November 1, 2011 by yourkidding
I am a redblooded guy, but I gotta say, I agree with most of the posters here. She ain't no lady. Why would a newspaper want to promote her or give her any press? There are enough whores floating around without a Singing one.

I love women. But there is not enough booze or penicillin in the world to go dunky dipping with this one. YUCK.
13:38 May 19, 2012 by RageMonsterWithBulgingMuscles
Wow, what are these inbreds so furious about in the comments section? "Redblooded guys" and what not, you really don't seem to get the point do you? Are you even trying?
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