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Kelly Clarkson's haunting version of No Doubt's 'Just a Girl' turns it into a modern anthem
via YouTube The Kelly Clarkson Show

America's original idol, Kelly Clarkson, put a powerful spin on No Doubt's breakthrough hit, 1995's "Just a Girl," on her talk show Monday. She slowed down the tempo, added some strings and a menacing keyboard, to give the song a haunting sound.

The original version was peppy and sarcastic with Gwen Stefani singing in a faux pouty voice until the chorus in which she goes full '90s girl power.

Clarkson sang the new version during the "Kellyoke" segment of her talk show where she covers some of her favorite songs. Check out the moment 58 seconds in where she holds the final note on the line, "That's all that you'll let me be."



'Just A Girl' (No Doubt) Cover By Kelly Clarkson | Kellyokewww.youtube.com

"Just a Girl" was the first single released from No Doubt's breakthrough "Tragic Kingdom." It was written by Stefani and guitarist Tom Dumont and was the first song she ever wrote without the help of her brother, and former No Doubt bandmate, Eric Stefani.

Eric would go on to a successful career as an animator working on shows such as "The Simpsons" and "The Ren & Stimpy Show."

Stefani wrote "Just a Girl" after her parents reprimanded her for coming home too late from her bandmate Tony Kanal's house. She then talked to her sister and female friends to gather examples of how the world patronizes women.

"I just wanted to write a song to express how I was feeling in that moment and I never in my wildest dreams thought that anyone would hear it," she said, according to People.

"I remember coming up with every single line [and] I have a really bad memory but I really, really remember that moment and feeling I could really relate to myself and this song … I felt like it really echoed exactly how I felt," she said.

"I was so naïve when I wrote 'Just A Girl,'" Stefani told Vogue. "But it was about that moment when you realize the power in being a female and also the vulnerability in being a female and the things you can't do because it might not be safe or people might not take you seriously."

The song was also notable for its video featuring Stefani dressed as a glammed-up tomboy in Southern California skater garb.

While Stefani's version has a playful air about it, Clarkson has a completely different approach. She sings it as a sincere expression of how women are oppressed. Her dramatic take on the line, "Oh, I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite / So don't let me have any rights" makes it feel like even more of a feminist anthem.

Clarkson's version clocks in at under two minutes and has left a lot of people wanting more. At the time this article is published the video is closing in on 500,000 views, so let's hope this inspires her to do a full version. It would also be fun to hear Gwen Stefani tackle the Clarkson arrangement.





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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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