It’s the second to last installment of our song-by-song commentary on Get Happy, written by the ever exuberant Thomas M. Lauderdale! This week Thomas talks about Storm Large’s sultry version of “Sway”, his own confusion about the meaning behind “Kitty come home”, and working with the incomparable Norman Leyden on “What’ll I do?”. Now, let’s get to it!
Track 11: “Sway”
Sway is another one of those songs that has been recorded numerous times. Our version — sung by Storm Large — has the strut of the Rosemary Clooney version crossed with the swagger of Dean Martin’s rendition and the purring sexiness of Julie London’s.
Track 12: “Kitty come home”
In 1996, Gus Van Sant, the filmmaker who lives in Portland and made My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy, Goodwill Hunting, and Milk called up and said, “There’s a guy named Rufus Wainwright who’s coming to town for his first concert in Portland, do you want to come?” I went and I met Rufus Wainwright. He played at Berbati’s Pan just down the street. We became friends and whenever he came to town I would throw parties for him and introduce him to cute boys. Read More…