What if the real Slim Shady were actually a woman rapping about murdering her
spouse and getting their toddler’s assistance in dumping the body in Lake
Tori Amos will demonstrate that scenario by covering Eminem’s horror-core jingle “97′
Bonnie & Clyde” on her sixth album, Strange Little Girls.
In an innovative attempt to examine sexual politics and identity, Amos
recorded 12 songs written by men to show the difference in view when they’re
performed by a woman. The album, due September 18, features her takes on
songs by the Velvet Underground, the Beatles, Neil Young, Slayer, Depeche
Mode and the Boomtown Rats.
Amos, who recorded the disc in Cornwall, England, wanted the album to
address violence and identity in terms of how men see women and themselves (see “Tori Amos To Explore Sexual Politics On Strange Little Girls“ ).
“I’ve always found it fascinating how men say things and how women hear
them,” she said in a press release from Atlantic Records. “Words can wound and
words can heal, and both are included on the album.”
When she first heard “97′ Bonnie & Clyde,” “the scariest
thing was … the realization that people are getting into the music and
grooving along to a song about a man who is butchering his wife,” Amos said.
“So half the world is dancing to this, oblivious, with blood on their
sneakers. But when you talk about killing your wife, you don’t get to
control whom she becomes friends with after she’s dead. She had to have a
The singer/songwriter adopted a character for every song, and she’s
photographed in each persona for the album jacket. The LP’s first single,
“Strange Little Girl” — written by the Stranglers and originally released in
1982 — will arrive at radio in mid-August.
Amos has lined up a tour to kick off in Miami on September 28 and run
through November 21 in San Francisco. She will perform alone at her
keyboards during the outing, marking the first time she’s toured without
backing musicians since 1994.
Strange Little Girls will include the following tracks, according to Amos’ Atlantic
- “New Age” (The Velvet Underground)
- “97′ Bonnie & Clyde” (Eminem)
- “Strange Little Girl” (The Stranglers)
- “Enjoy the Silence” (Depeche Mode)
- “Rattlesnakes” (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions)
- “I’m Not in Love” (10cc)
- “Time” (Tom Waits)
- “Heart of Gold” (Neil Young)
- “I Don’t Like Mondays” (The Boomtown Rats)
- “Raining Blood” (Slayer)
- “Real Men” (Joe Jackson)
- “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” (The Beatles)