The Pictures of Sasha Grey

Album: The Knife Shift (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This song namechecks former porn actress Sasha Grey. Since moving into the mainstream, Grey has accumulated a number of credits, including playing the lead in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and a semi-fictionalized version of herself in the seventh season of HBO's Entourage. "One day, I happened upon Sasha Grey's Facebook page," Young explained to Billboard magazine. "It was update after update of the most everyday pics and posts: 'Here I am making dinner. Here I am gardening.' She was not presenting herself in a sexy way at all. This was Sasha trying to move on or really just be human."

    "But, every comment – from males – in the threads underneath were the most vile-spewing," Young continued. "I thought the contrast was remarkable, so I remarked with this song. I thought it was telling how people won't let women be full people or move on. They desperately wanted to keep her a 'marked' woman. And I loved how she just ignored it all, living her fabulous life. She was truly rising above."
  • The song features stick work from Dave Grohl, who played drums on every The Knife Shift track. Young's friendship with the Foo Fighters frontman started when he guest-hosted The Chelsea Lately Show in 2013, and writer and stand-up comic April Richardson gave him a mix tape with one of her songs on it. Grohl liked the song and looked Young up on YouTube. The pair started e-mailing and when she was in need of a drummer for The Knife Shift, she asked Grohl and was stunned when he agreed to help out.

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