Thursday, July 12, 2007

My favorite song about domestic abuse.

About a year and a half ago, when I had just seen Quadrophenia and was in my Mod phase, I downloaded a bunch of songs by Phil Spector's girl groups (The Crystals, The Ronettes, Darlene Love, etc.) and found this song called "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)." It's pretty amazing in a weird kind of way, especially when I discovered that Carole King wrote it and the man responsible for its production later shot a woman.

Here's a thirty-second preview of the song (damn copyright laws!), performed by The Crystals:

About a week ago, my friend John bought to my attention a cover of the song performed by Grizzly Bear. Since Grizzly Bear is playing Pitchfork and I've been preparing by downloading some of the bands I hadn't heard (I've been very bad at getting new music lately), I searched for the song. I'm pretty obsessed with it now, and it's one of the rare cases where a cover sounds as good - if not better - than the original. Plus, having a man taking over the vocals makes it sound even weirder, which is a good thing.


matt said...

as ed (the singer) is a gay, it's not really 'weirder' unless you consider being gay weird.

and i'm pretty sure you don't.

Tyler said...

i had no idea he was a gay. it's still weird, i guess, if you consider the rarity of men being the victims of domestic abuse, even at the hands of other men.

matt said...

i dunno if that's true.

ed and owen pallett interviewed each other once for butt. i think it was ed's second time in the magazine actually. he seems swell, and he met his bf through friendster. but that was before his band were famous.

all that aside, it's chris bear who's the cutest member of the group, and he's not gay. such a shame.

oh, also, spiritualized did a tribute to that song: 'she kissed me (it felt like a hit)'. it's pretty good, too.