Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Forever Dusty: Homage to an Icon

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Forever Dusty: Homage to an Icon

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Forever Dusty: Homage to an Icon * Various artists * Produced by Rebekah Radisch * R&D

At first I thought Homage to an Icon was the wrong subtitle for this Dusty Springfield tribute: For me, Dusty the icon was all visual--the teased blond wigs, black-lidded eyes, glittery gowns, and extravagant hand gestures. They were separate from Dusty the singer, who blessed us with her awesome chops and impeccable taste for more than 30 years. But Webster's also defines icon as "an object of uncritical devotion." And this CD delivers devotion in full measure.

Producer Rebekah Radisch rounded up a lineup of prominent indie-music women--lesbian and otherwise--to cover songs Dusty made famous. Considering how Springfield adored black female soul singers, it's poetically just that three of the best cuts are by sistahs: Laura Love romps through a countrified "Son of a Preacher Man"; The Tonight Show With Jay Leno's percussionist-vocalist Vicki Randle turns "Wishin' and Hopin'" into a wink-wink reggae version (she doesn't really want to wear her hair "just for him"); and David Bowie's bassist-backing vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey does a deep-voiced old-school rendition of the big ballad "Losing You. …

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