afropunk premiere: rocker betty black evokes the late 60’s with cover of the ramones’ ‘i wanna be sedated’

December 18, 2015

Today we’re premiering the new release from electro pop-rock singer-songwriter Betty Black – ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ (a cover of the Ramones classic). The release is part of Black’s new music project, ‘Blue Lounge’, where she does bossa nova/lounge/jazz versions of punk and post-punk songs along with originals with her band. She tells us: “I love rearranging songs into something completely different. That’s the point for me. Otherwise it’s just karaoke. Arranging for horns and strings is a dream but my favorite songs are usually punk, rock, and 80’s new wave. That’s why the ‘Blue Lounge’ sound I’m currently doing is perfect. It removes you from the original but is still enticing. I love the camp of it. It evokes a late 60’s Vegas era schmaltz that is the antithesis to bangers and video game synths.” Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor


Photos by Ruddy Lee Cullers