Monday, August 15, 2011

Music: Warpaint's "Billie Holiday"

 Birds of a Feather: The ladies of Warpaint -- Theresa, Jenny, Emily and Stella

I was listening to my iPod and a song came up by Warpaint that I just have to write about.  It's a song I never skip over, always listen to all the way through.  Warpaint is an amazingly talented band from L.A. consisting of Emily Kokal, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Theresa Wayman and Stella Mogzawa.  Actress Shannyn Sossamon (who also happens to be Lindberg's sister) was a part of the original line-up.  I've been a fan since their first EP, Exquisite Corpse, which was released in 2008, produced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante and featured some truly excellent tunes -- I would highly recommend "Beetles," "Elephants" and "Billie Holiday."

"Billie Holiday" is a particularly interesting track because it samples Mary Wells' hit 1964 single "My Guy" in a rather unexpected and morose way.

Lead singer Emily Kokal explains the song's inspiration, from an interview in Angel City, September 2008:
When Shannyn was in the band we went to Vancouver, where she was doing a movie, and she had a house on a beautiful cove. It was the first real chunk of time when we spent together playing music. I had written a guitar part that I would play as a warmup -- and one time I looked up at the wall and there was a picture of Billie Holiday on the wall. I started singing the letters to her name. Then one day Theresa was flipping through a songbook and found 'My Guy' and started singing that -- then we had the second part to the song.
 They released their first full-length album last fall, and I would highly recommend it.

Download the song:
"Billie Holiday" mp3

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