Painted Eyes

Album: Blue Songs (2011)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This string-drenched stomper was originally commissioned by a couture label and written by H & LA's leader Andrew Butler as a devotional song for Coco Chanel.
  • The song features the vocals of classically trained singer Aerea Negrot who has been dubbed "the Eartha Kitt of the techno age." Butler told Pitchfork about her: "She's born Venezuelan, lived in Berlin for six years. She's a classically trained singer, but her voice is just ridiculous. It spans numerous octaves, and she evokes some of the classic, classic singers-- female divas from even pre-disco times. Her hero is Yma Sumac. She's a very Latin big-voiced kind of lady, but what she's done for me sounds like I have one of the best, most ferocious disco vocalists from the 70s appearing on a record, which is really f---ing cool. She's a solo artist, as well. She's in the works as well with the label BPitch Control, a Berlin techno label. Her own thing is very experimental, very improvisational, and very performance-oriented."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Elton John

Elton JohnFact or Fiction

Does he have beef with Gaga? Is he Sean Lennon's godfather? See if you can tell fact from fiction in the Elton John edition.

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in Songs

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in SongsSong Writing

Elvis, Little Richard and Cheryl Cole have all sung about Teddy Bears, but there is also a terrifying Teddy song from 1932 and a touching trucker Teddy tune from 1976.

Peter Lord

Peter LordSongwriter Interviews

You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.

Chris Isaak

Chris IsaakSongwriter Interviews

Chris tells the story of "Wicked Game," talks milkshakes and moonpies at Sun Records, and explains why women always get their way.

Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

Kim Thayil of SoundgardenSongwriter Interviews

Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.

Don Brewer of Grand Funk

Don Brewer of Grand FunkSongwriter Interviews

The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.