What’s Going On?

3 comments February 1st, 2007at 11:35am Posted by Eli

A sample of Linda Perry’s early work.

In today’s NY Daily News Gatecrasher column:

Songwriter-producer Linda Perry is sometimes credited with “creating” Pink, and helped propel Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and James Blunt to superstardom.

But the pop kingmaker can’t find a front woman for a new album’s worth of songs she has written in the voice of a black lesbian.

“The process has been a real struggle,” a source tells us. “She has been auditioning all hot black lesbians to sing her songs, but is having absolutely no luck at all.”

Perry, who fronted ’90s band 4 Non Blondes, wanted to create a “racier” kind of artist, says the music insider.

Related: How much better would “American Idol” be if it were just black lesbians?

This could just be an insider doing Perry a disservice, but this project sounds awfully cynical and exploitative to me. If it were Linda Perry saying, “I want to tell the black lesbian’s story, which is underrepresented in today’s (and yesterday’s) music,” that’d be one thing. But this sounds a lot more like, “Black lesbians are Teh Hawt!!! All the kewl kids will want to buy black lesbian music!” to me. Again, maybe Perry is thinking the former and Teh Hawtness is the only frame of reference that Gatecrasher’s source has.

Related: Almost anything would make American Idol better. Personally, I would watch it if it was a competition to find the worst singer in America. Hell, I might even compete – my acapella rendition of the original Star Trek theme is spectacular.

UPDATE: I have just been informed that, as I suspected, Linda Perry is not, in fact, a black lesbian. More like a half-Brazilian lesbian. So that kinda tips the scales a bit further towards the more cynical interpretation for me.

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Music,Quotes


  • 1. V,  |  February 1st, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Since Linda Perry isn’t black (she’s brazilian/portugese iirc), how the f*ck can she write songs “in the voice of a black lesbian”? Just wondering.

    Meanwhile, I am looking for an edgy singer to make an album out of songs I’ve written from the perspective of pygmy cannibals.

  • 2. kyklops  |  February 1st, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Re: the vid: WTF!!??

    Meanwhile, I’m wondering where all the albums are that have songs about white Canadians living in Japan. When do I get to be Teh Hawt?

    [Sulking, skulks back to his lonely blog…]

  • 3. Eli  |  February 1st, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Have you considered becoming a black lesbian? I hear they’re all the rage.

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