Thanks to the kind dance auteurs at Acid Ted for rexamining one of my FAVE – and often TABOO topics – remix tracks that *some* (aka ME! ME! ME!) consider to be better than the original version. Specifically, Tori Amos‘ “Professional Widow” which Armand Van Helden breathed new life into in 1996. And by “new life” I mean you could walk into any NYC nightclub and witness people LOSING.THEIR.MINDS. to the sounds of Tori. Or if you were me and my friends back in the day, rather than walking we would resort to crawling, sidling, or popping open the back door – whatever it took to get inside. Viva la underage club kids! Anyway here is the original off her album Boys for Pele. Rumor has it that “Professional Widow” might be a passing reference to Courtney Love. OH HOW I MISS 90s ALT CATFIGHTS (next week: C. Love versus Kathleen Hanna)!
Intense right? What was an ethereal harpsichord song on Boys for Pele became a straight up anthem when released in 12″ form once Armand got his hands on it for the the official Star Trunk Funkin’ Mixtreatment. The problem being that emotions tend to run high when it comes to messing with material by any singer-songwriter artist with diva status – especially if they play piano! So some purists didn’t “get” it… whereas myself and my roommates had multiple copies on vinyl and would spin it any chance we had on our communal Technics. Give a listen!
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