King Woman is a doomgaze quartet from San Francisco. The band is fronted by Kristina Esfandiari, who used to be in Miserable, and also in Whirr. You may remember that I featured King Woman’s amazing cover of “Fond Affections”. We knew that as a This Mortal Coil song, but that was itself a cover of a song originally done by Rema-Rema. You may also remember my account of some dude falling asleep while leaning against me at a King Woman show last September at Hopscotch. The point is that we really like King Woman.
I just read about this cover of “I Wanna Be Adored”, which was released yesterday. Before I even listened to it, I knew that it would be my song of the day. Just as I suspected, it’s a very dark, but marvelous cover that breathes different air into a brilliant song.
The song is obviously about fame and getting there with or without a Faustian deal.
I don’t need to sell my soul
He’s already in me
I wanna be adored
The original is low-end heavy, but it’s still bright and shimmering. This is dark and gloomy. It has a completely different texture and a different mood. It’s longer by a minute, and sounds like Bauhaus if Bauhaus had been on Quaaludes instead of cocaine. It’s Bauhaus with the music pitched way down and the vocals pitched up. The sludgy quality that I was expecting makes it a much better version of the song in my opinion.
“I Wanna Be Adored” as covered by King Woman
You can barely make out the lyrics because it’s so incredibly sludgy. Except, of course, that bit in the bridge before the last chorus when it’s just “Adored. Ad-ooooooooored”. We love how heavy and gloomy this is
I really like the original, and I always have. This has it beat, though. At least in my book.
Get your digital download of the song here.