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Strange Little Girls
Strange Little Girls cover
Cover album by Tori Amos
Released September 17, 2001
Recorded Martian Studios, Cornwall & The Nut Ranch, Los Angeles, February 2001 to mid 2001
Genre Alternative rock, baroque pop
Length 62:27
Label Atlantic
Producer Tori Amos
Professional reviews
Tori Amos chronology
To Venus and Back
(1999)
Strange Little Girls
(2001)
Scarlet's Walk
(2002)
Singles from Strange Little Girls
  1. "Strange Little Girl"
    Released: 2001

Strange Little Girls was a concept album released by singer-songwriter Tori Amos in 2001. The album's twelve tracks were covers of songs written by men but reinterpreted by Amos from a female's point of view. Amos created female personae for each track (one song featured twins) and was photographed as each, having been made up by the late Kevyn Aucoin. In the USA the album was issued with four alternative front cover photographs depicting Amos as the characters singing "Happiness is a Warm Gun" (pictured), "Strange Little Girl", "Time" and "Raining Blood". A fifth cover of the "I Don't Like Mondays" character was also issued in the UK and some other territories. Text accompanying the photos and songs was written by popular novelist Neil Gaiman. The complete short stories in which this text appears can be found in Gaiman's 2006 collection Fragile Things. Strange Little Girl by The Stranglers was released in the UK as their last single while signed to Liberty Records (part of EMI). ... 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Alternative Press (or commonly referred to on the website and in the magazine as AP) is a music magazine based in Cleveland, Ohio which primarily focuses on pop rock, post-hardcore, indie rock, ska, hardcore and rock music and their attendant subgenres, providing readers with band interviews and photos, information... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ... Jam! is a Canadian website, which covers entertainment news. ... musicOMH.com is a UK based webzine formed of music features, interviews and reviews of albums, singles, gigs, festivals, opera, theatre, music DVDs and films. ... PopMatters is an international magazine of cultural criticism. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 3. ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... Image File history File links 4_stars. ... This article is about the online music and film magazine. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... To Venus and Back is a two-disc album set released by singer and songwriter Tori Amos in 1999. ... Scarlets Walk is the eighth album released by singer and songwriter Tori Amos. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Strange Little Girl by The Stranglers was released in the UK as their last single while signed to Liberty Records (part of EMI). ... In popular music, a concept album is an album which is unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical (Shuker 2002, p. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Kevyn Aucoin (February 14, 1962 in Shreveport, Louisiana; died May 7, 2002) was a make-up artist and photographer who was well known for catering to the laywomans need to feel beautiful. ... Neil Richard Gaiman (IPA: ) (born November 10, 1960[2]) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... The US cover of Fragile Things Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders is a collection of short fiction by Neil Gaiman. ...


As with her previous two studio albums, the covers album was recorded at her Cornwall studio. The album received mixed reviews upon its release in September 2001 with critics largely seeing the album as a mixed bag, praising the unlikely re-workings of Eminem's "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" and Slayer's "Raining Blood", while panning the versions of The Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold". Amos also tackled songs by artists such as Tom Waits, The Velvet Underground, Depeche Mode, and The Stranglers. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Raining Blood is the final track from thrash metal band Slayers 1986 album, Reign in Blood. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Happiness Is a Warm Gun is a song by The Beatles featured on the double-disc album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). ... This article is about the musician. ... Heart of Gold from the 1972 album Harvest is Neil Youngs only number one hit single in his long musical career. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music group formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... The Stranglers are an English rock music group, formed on September 11, 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. ...


The album's greatest attention was garnered from Amos' cover of Eminem's "'97 Bonnie and Clyde", which was originally a rap song. The album's cover of "Happiness is a Warm Gun" was also a standout track; the song was translated into a discussion on the right to bear arms, and included sound bites from both George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush, as well as from Amos's own minister father. The album entered the charts at US #4, selling 111,000 copies, making it her third album to debut in the US Top 10, her second-highest debut in terms of sales,[1] and her best position in the US for almost six years. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... RAP may mean: the IATA airport code for Rapid City Regional Airport Rassemblement pour lalternative progressiste, a Québecois political party. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ...


A planned commercial single, "Strange Little Girl" (The Straglers), including "After All" (David Bowie) and "Only Women Bleed" (originally by Alice Cooper.), was pulled from shelves soon after being shipped to stores in Europe. Despite being recalled from the shelves, limited copies of the single were sold and a promotional video was made. After All is a song written by David Bowie in 1971 for the album The Man Who Sold the World. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Only Women Bleed is a song written by rock star/musician Alice Cooper. ... Alice Cooper (born February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans four decades. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Additionally, Tori later acknowledged that she had attempted to reinterpret four other songs that she "couldn't find her way into." They were "Fear Of A Black Planet" by Public Enemy, "Hoover Factory" by Elvis Costello, "I'm Sick Of You" by Iggy Pop and "Marlene Dietrich's Favorite Poem" by Peter Murphy. These tracks have not been released. Fear of a Black Planet is an East Coast rap album by the hip hop group Public Enemy, released on March 20, 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ... Hoover Building Hoover Building, Canteen Building No. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Photo of Peter Murphy from a 2006 Bauhaus concert. ...


Amos received two 2002 Grammy Nominations: Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Strange Little Girl", and Alternative Music Performance for the album. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

Contents

Track listing

  1. "New Age" (by The Velvet Underground)
  2. "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (by Eminem)
  3. "Strange Little Girl" (by The Stranglers)
  4. "Enjoy the Silence" (by Depeche Mode)
  5. "I'm Not in Love" (by 10cc)
  6. "Rattlesnakes" (by Lloyd Cole)
  7. "Time" (by Tom Waits)
  8. "Heart of Gold" (by Neil Young)
  9. "I Don't Like Mondays" (by the Boomtown Rats)
  10. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (by The Beatles)
  11. "Raining Blood" (by Slayer)
  12. "Real Men" (by Joe Jackson)

New Age is the fifth song from the 1970 The Velvet Underground album Loaded. It is one of the songs that feature Doug Yule on vocals, encouraged by main singer and songwriter Lou Reed. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... Strange Little Girl by The Stranglers was released in the UK as their last single while signed to Liberty Records (part of EMI). ... The Stranglers are an English rock music group, formed on September 11, 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. ... Enjoy the Silence is Depeche Modes twenty-fourth UK single, released on February 5, 1990, and the second single from the album Violator. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music group formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... Im Not in Love was also a 1978 song by Talking Heads, with different lyrics and sound. ... 10cc was a British pop band which achieved its greatest commercial success during the 1970s. ... Lloyd Cole with his old band during a reunion concert in London, October 2004 Lloyd Cole (born January 31, 1961) is an English singer and songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions from 1984 to 1989 and for his subsequent solo work. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Heart of Gold from the 1972 album Harvest is Neil Youngs only number one hit single in his long musical career. ... This article is about the musician. ... Brenda Ann Spencer was a school shooter who was infamous during the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats (1975-1985) were a punk rock/new wave group headed by Bob Geldof, who was later known for organizing charity rock concerts such as Band Aid (intended to help famine victims in Ethiopia), Live Aid, Live 8, and Hands Across America (intended to help... Happiness Is a Warm Gun is a song by The Beatles featured on the double-disc album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Raining Blood is the final track from thrash metal band Slayers 1986 album, Reign in Blood. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Joe Jackson (born David Ian Jackson, 11 August 1954, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) is an English musician and singer-songwriter probably best-known for the 1979 hit song Is She Really Going Out With Him?, which still gets extensive FM radio airplay; for his 1982 hit, Steppin Out; and for...

B-sides

The album, as with most of Amos' albums, is also known for its collection of original B-sides. Amos recorded a host of songs that did not make the album, but were released as B-sides to various singles or performed live in concerts.

Title Single
"After All" "Strange Little Girl" (2001)
"Only Women Bleed" "Strange Little Girl" (2001)

Charts

Album

Chart (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 4
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 3
UK Album Chart 16
ARIA Chart (Australia) 7
Top 40 Longplay Chart (Austria) 18
Canadian Album Chart (Canada) 8
Dannish Album Chart (Denmark) 16
Finnish Album Chart (Finland) 16
IFOP Album Chart (France) 26
Top 100 Longplay Chart (Germany) 11
Irish Album Chart (Ireland) 21
MUSICA!'s Top 20 Album Chart (Italy) 11
Album Top 100 (the Netherlands) 27
Top 40 Album Chart (Norway) 13
Swedish Album Chart (Sweden) 32
Swiss Album Chart (Switzerland) 34

References

  1. ^ Jay-Z's 'Blueprint' Enters Second Week At No. 1. Retrieved on 2001-09-27.

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Strange Little Girls - definition of Strange Little Girls in Encyclopedia (525 words)
Strange Little Girls was a concept album released by singer and songwriter Tori Amos in the year 2001.
"Strange Little Girl" by The Stranglers as performed by the now-adult daughter of the dying woman in "'97 Bonnie and Clyde".
A single of "Strange Little Girl" was released/leaked (depending on the source) in Europe, and featured non-album tracks "After All" (a David Bowie cover) and "Only Women Bleed" (originally by Alice Cooper.)
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Little Fascist Panties - Here you can get lyrics to non-album tracks, to the songs Way Down and Agent Orange, which are not included on the Boys For Pele CD booklet, and lyrics to some of the background lyrics heard in some Tori songs.
Little Blue World is a full-size, professionally printed quarterly fanzine dedicated to Tori and Toriphiles.
For the intellectual, I've got "girls," which is an essay I wrote about girl-on-girl cruelty, and Tori's take on it through a triad on Under the Pink.
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