Monday, March 01, 2021

Song of the Day: 'Your Woman' by White Town


I think I always knew it existed, but I finally turned on MTV Classic and spent last night in ‘80s music video heaven. In addition to Echo and the Bunnymen, Bryan Ferry, the Clash, New Order, Depeche Mode et al., I also saw a few good ones from the '90s including today's SOTD, a single Damian remembers fondly but I had never heard before. 

Jyoti Prakash Mishra, who essentially is White Town, had this to say about his gender-bending hit, on which he sings the refrain "I could never be your woman":
"When I wrote it, I was trying to write a pop song that had more than one perspective. Although it's written in the first person, the character behind that viewpoint isn't necessarily what the casual listener would expect." 

Mishra says the themes of the song include: "Being a member of an orthodox Trotskyist / Marxist movement. Being a straight guy in love with a lesbian. Being a gay guy in love with a straight man. Being a straight girl in love with a lying, two-timing, fake-arse Marxist. The hypocrisy that results when love and lust get mixed up with highbrow ideals."
Whatever it is, it works. Enjoy!

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