Sunday, April 27, 2008

Kaki King's a Feisty One, Isn't She?

Being terminally out of the loop, I'd never heard of guitarist Kaki King (who just released her fourth album, and has also played on songs by acts as diverse as the Foo Fighters, Northern State and Tegan and Sara) before reading this article in Australia's The Age. But now I have no choice, I have to check out her music. Not just because everyone agrees she's amazingly talented, but because she's also fucking funny. Writes interviewer Guy Blackman:

But when I ask why, despite being an open and proud lesbian, none of King's lyrics or song titles on Dreaming of Revenge seem to refer to her sexuality, she quickly loses her fragile cool.

"Let's work on some openly lesbian song titles - how about 'I Like Muff-Diving', 'I'm a Girl and She's so Hot'. I mean, what are you talking about?"

This is where I interrupt to point out that "I Like Muff-Diving" has already been done -- it was a Joan Jett B-side in 1981 -- before picking up the Blackman piece, already in progress:

But just as quickly, she reins herself in again. "I'm sorry, it's just that a lot of people are like, 'So, what's the gay thing about?"' King says. "It's like, 'Oh, f--- me, do we have to go there?'

"There's nothing openly lesbian about the lyrics," she continues.

"There's really not much openly lesbian about the record. I don't reference it, but I certainly would. If I needed something to rhyme with 'bee' then I'd use 'she', if I was writing a song about a lover. It just happened that I didn't on this record."

To which I can only say: Yeah. If she's openly gay, what more is there to discuss? It's like asking Aretha Franklin why she doesn't record songs about snack cakes.

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