Influenced by ’80s coming of age movies, “Mistress America” also boasts a sublimely gauzy and pulsing synthesizer score by ex-Luna members Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (they provided some music for “The Squid In The Whale” and Wareham’s cameo is almost as funny as his brief turn in “While We’re Young”)
The film is also bursting with hilarious side characters such as Tracy’s lit class chums, a pregnant tax lawyer/book club member and musician Dean Wareham dressed and coiffed to look like the best “Connecticut rich guy” from central casting I’ve ever seen put to film.
You know what you’re going to get from Dean & Britta (Phillips) and it’s always good and Velvety. He put his psych guitar tone on surfy rocker “Paraphernalia” (Susan Bottomly dancing with a whip) and “Where Did Everyone Go?” to accompany Nico eating a banana (seductively, of course) with Antoine in front of the iconic Warhol/VU banana logo. The couple went a few shades darker for the black-and-white “Kiss the Boot,” which had poet/filmmaker Gerard Malanga lying submissively at the feet of Warhol superstar Mary Woronov.
You Turned My Head Around was written by Lee Hazelwood and first released by singer and actress Ann-Margret on a single on LHI Records in 1968. It also got released (as You Turn My Head Around) on the re-issue of the Lee Hazlewood/Ann-Margret CD The Cowboy and The Lady in 2000.
Dean & Britta’s cover was on their 2007 album Back Numbers and was called You Turned My Head Around, it was accompanied by this lovely video, where it’s called You Turn My Head Around.
The inconsistent naming was beginning to bother me… so much so that I wrote a blog post moaning about it… Dean then emailed me to clear things up (a little)…
My original 7″ single calls the song “You Turned My Head Around”, which is how it is registered with the songwriting society also, so that’s what I went with for our CD.
But on the Lee Hazlewood CD “The Cowboy and the Lady” (the song was not on the original vinyl release of that album, but was added as a bonus to the CD) it is listed as “You Turn”.
This one slipped through the net way back in the Fs, so here’s a bonus this week. Friday I’m in Love was the second single from The Cure’s 1992 album Wish. According to Wikipedia this toe-curling dogs breakfast of a video won “Best Music Video” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards (I guess that may say more about the 90s than about the video itself? Or maybe more about what I find toe-curling.)
Dean and Britta covered the track for a 2008 tribute album Just Like Heaven.
White Horses was written by Michael Carr and Ben Nisbett for the UK import of Yugoslavian/German TV show Ferien in Lipizza, it was credited to “Jacky”, who is actually Jackie Lee. The theme song was so successful that it was apparently dubbed back onto non-English versions of the show.
Dean & Britta covered the song on their second album, Back Numbers, in 2007.