Feminist Music Geek Presents … REINTERPRETATIONS

I’m pretty obsessed with covers. It’s always interesting to hear how recording artists approach other people’s songs. Will they perform them “faithfully”? Will they adapt them to reflect other musical genres? Do they seem to disagree wildly with the source material or sing from the perspective of another character? And, particularly if we’re talking about female musicians, what do they do with that most curious grammatical unit–the gendered pronoun–if they’re covering songs first recorded by men? Will they change “she” to “he” if they’re addressing a lover? Will they queer a song by keeping the pronouns “pure”? Remember how Tori Amos went all Cindy Sherman with the album art for Strange Little Girls and posed for portraits based on her ideas about the female characters in the male artists’ songs she was interpreting? This playlist is assembled in that spirit.

Jane Lane: Starry Night (2000)

Jane Lane: Starry Night (2000)

1. Anika – End of the World, by Skeeter Davis (Anika; Stones Throw, 2010)
2. Museum of Bellas Artes – Who Do You Love, by The Sapphires (Who Do You Love single; Force Majeure, 2009)
3. Aby Wolf – Alice, by the Cocteau Twins (A. Wolf and Her Claws; No. Ware, 2012)
4. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – This Land Is Your Land, by Woody Guthrie (Naturally; Daptone Records, 2005)
5. Merry Clayton – Southern Man, by Neil Young (Merry Clayton; Ode, 1971)
6. Claudia Lennear – Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On), by Allen Toussaint (Phew!; Real Gone Music, 2013)
7. Ray Mang (ft. Lady Miss Kier) – Bulletproof, by George Clinton (Bulletproof single; DFA, 2010)
8. The Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine, by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (In the Beginning; Get Back, 2001)
9. Solange – Stillness Is The Move, by the Dirty Projectors (unreleased, 2009)
10. Nite Jewel – P.Y.T., by Michael Jackson (unreleased, 2013)
11. Esther Phillips – (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher, by Jackie Wilson (Capricorn Princess; Kudu, 1976)
12. The Watson Twins – Just Like Heaven, by the Cure (Fire Songs; Vanguard, 2008)
13. Irma Thomas – Time Is On My Side, by Kai Winding (Anyone Who Knows What Love Is Will Understand single; Imperial, 1964)
14. Frida Hyvönen – Jesus Was a Crossmaker, by Judee Sill (Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill; American Dust, 2010)

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