In March 1997 Whitetown (Jyoti Mishra) released the single 'Your Woman' and it became a huge hit worldwide. Even though at the time I was busy with my studies at Northcross Intermediate - creating "Enquiries" (How Plants Reproduce, The Bronchiosaurus) I remember the song capturing my interest from the moment I heard it on 91.0 fm.
Part of what made the song intriguing for so many, was it's lyrical content - and the possible meanings behind it. Having a rather androgenous voice - people at first couldn't figure out whether the vocalist was a man or a woman and upon establishing that Jyoti was a dude - what did he mean by 'I could never be your woman'. Is he gay? Is he singing to his boyfriend? Is he singing to his gay boyfriend who met a really attractive women with a great personality and turned straight? Is he pulling a Fugazi and singing as if he were a woman? Possibly to a gay man? Or to a straight man who just doesn't like her that much? Or is he a dude who's girlfriend wants him to be a woman? Or is there no real answer and the song is meant to be confusing to reinforce the idea of gender confusion? Or am I just trying to sound really intelligent like I go to university and study psychology and take pottery classes in my spare time and I'm really open minded and also a feminist and people describe me as alternative.
Whatever trevor, its a great song so I did a cover of it.
I decided to take a slightly creepy angle on the song, creating an infusion of Dr Dre and an eight year old, perhaps singing to Bill Wyman.
Please find below an mp3 for your enjoyment and a link to the original - a true 90s masterpiece.
Princess Chelsea - Your Woman (Whitetown Cover)