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Friday, July 06, 2007

New tune and a mystery from Pete Yorn: "Shampoo"

Pete Yorn posted a new song to his MySpace page a week or two ago called "Shampoo" and I've been neglecting my Official Ambassador of Yorn duties in passing along the good news (I hope they don't, uh, fire me).

This track revisits some of the fantastic male/female harmonies (it's what made "The Man" the jam of my summer last year) with a vocalist that I swear I know. Who is that singing along with him? It's driving me a bit nuts trying to place her voice.

Of this delightful new confection, Pete said, “[There's a] batch that is ten songs that I'm just putting together that is kind of a concept record, based on a character from a movie that I like a lot. There's a character called George Roundie that Warren Beatty played in a film called Shampoo and all the songs seem to relate to his life or the character's life. And so it's a soundtrack, I made my own soundtrack to that movie I guess. I'll put that out at a later date.”

Shampoo - Pete Yorn

UPDATED:
I've gotten the following three bits of information about this song from a source quite close to Sir Yorn. He says:

a little more info. i will give you three items on which to chew:
1. the "george roundy" concept album went away.
2. the song "shampoo" is part of a completely different concept album which does exist and is finished.
3. there may or may not be more tantalizing information regarding this project but i am not at liberty to disperse it.

More tantalizing information. How mysterious. I can't wait.

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36 Comments:

At July 06, 2007 8:53 AM, Blogger Jessie Costello said...

I think it's hilarious that Pete loves "Shampoo" -- it's the story of a very very straight hairdresser (Warren Beatty) who romances women by doing their hair. It's a pretty cheesy movie, nice to know Mr. Yorn is a fan. Can't wait to hear more music inspired by the film...

 
At July 06, 2007 10:18 AM, Anonymous ali said...

Heather, Thanks for fulfilling your PY ambassador duties. :)
ps. speaking of shampoo and hair, the man himself has incredible locks. I wish there was a Denver/Boulder/Aspen/Vail/Breck/anycoloradocity headlining tour date this year...I'm at the verge of begging for one.

 
At July 06, 2007 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mini driver maybe?
mick d

 
At July 06, 2007 11:38 AM, Anonymous doug said...

Rachel Yamagata?

 
At July 06, 2007 12:38 PM, Blogger scwtte said...

thanks for yet another hard-to-find pete yorn song :)

 
At July 06, 2007 2:22 PM, Anonymous rhall said...

Its his ex Liz Phair

 
At July 06, 2007 3:17 PM, Blogger Chris said...

That sure sounds a lot more like Beth Orton than Liz Phair...but it's somehow NOT Beth Orton to my ears. Just sounds like her.

 
At July 06, 2007 3:27 PM, Blogger heather said...

Is it Leona Naess? I don't think it's Minnie Driver, I just listened to something I had on my iTunes with her singing and....not quite it. It reminds me also a bit of the way Cat Power's voice is all creaky and smoky on that Velvet Underground cover. This is seriously driving me mad. Arrgh.

 
At July 06, 2007 3:55 PM, Blogger heather said...

And we have a guess of Natalie Merchant, who I was thinking as well, but....I'm not 100% sure on that.

 
At July 06, 2007 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beth orton?

 
At July 06, 2007 6:40 PM, Anonymous jonsnow said...

I loved Pete Yorn's last album. I was glad to see that it made Paste's Top 25 of 2006 list.

 
At July 06, 2007 6:43 PM, Anonymous Roadgod said...

After landing the co-starring role in the For Us video, Sophie sent Pete a demo hoping to further her career in the music business and to his surprise, she was amazing in the studio.

 
At July 06, 2007 10:58 PM, Blogger heather said...

I THINK IT'S ZOOEY DESCHANEL. I don't know why I'm yelling. But I am pretty sure. Think of the Elf duet.

;)

(I can't believe I've left three comments on this, my own post)

 
At July 07, 2007 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay. This is a great song. Finally convinced me to give Pete Yorn another try (my local station overplayed strange condition and Life on a Chain). Now, I'm a fan. I know, I know, it's about time! Just bought two albums off of itunes. Thanks Heather.

PS> I vote for Leona Naess, too.

 
At July 07, 2007 1:26 AM, Anonymous star monkey said...

how about Z Berg from the like?

 
At July 07, 2007 8:20 AM, Anonymous Roadgod said...

It's Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with a wrench.

 
At July 07, 2007 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha ha.......roadgod shoots roadgod scores..miss scarlet in the......
superb
jay starnge

 
At July 08, 2007 4:41 PM, Blogger katy did said...

since Feist has just appeared recently on his top friends list and it sounds like her, we think it is her.....

 
At July 08, 2007 6:48 PM, Blogger Don't Need Anything said...

i dont think its liz and its DEFINITELY not feist. i was thinking zooey has a far more clearer voice...leona is a possibility tho...

 
At July 09, 2007 7:38 AM, Blogger c said...

it's me. we recorded it while he was doing my hair.

 
At July 09, 2007 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks.

 
At July 09, 2007 11:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

or possibley Inara George (the Bird and the Bee)? or, okay, Natalie Maines VERY different.

 
At July 10, 2007 2:15 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

doesn't matter who it is on backup vocals, all i can picture is zooey. (until someone tells who it really is) HELP!

 
At July 10, 2007 10:59 PM, Anonymous star monkey said...

no animals were hurt in the making of this song except, quite possibly, a love rhino.

 
At July 11, 2007 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so excited--I get to see PY in a few days here in Louisville, KY.

 
At July 14, 2007 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still thinking that it's Jenny Lewis

 
At July 14, 2007 7:42 PM, Blogger katy did said...

overplay a Feist song with Shampoo and you'll hear the obvious similarities...just sayin

 
At July 31, 2007 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like Lily Allen to me.

 
At August 01, 2007 6:27 PM, Anonymous jojo said...

Yeah, I love the scene where the chick's husband comes home and busts in and Warren Beatty starts fussing with her hair and acting all flamboyant, so the husband will think he's just a gay hairdresser that came over to do her hair, not some guy banging his wife. That was some funny shit. But it WAS definitely an ULTRA cheesy movie.

 
At August 12, 2007 5:13 PM, Anonymous in the know and i didn't know it said...

thank you heather for the song, you all are going to be stunned (do you hear me?), STUNNED when this album is released and you find out who it is.

 
At August 12, 2007 6:41 PM, Blogger heather said...

WHY MUST YOU RUB IT IN? This is still eating at me. ;)

 
At August 16, 2007 8:55 AM, Blogger Anuj Gupta said...

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At August 25, 2007 2:10 PM, Blogger Jules said...

Do you think it could be Deb Talan? This is still bugging me too!

 
At May 18, 2008 3:21 PM, Anonymous Aubrey said...

What about Scarlett Johasson? She just released her first album.

I'd say her or Zoey D. They both have that throw back sound

 
At May 26, 2009 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 100% Scarlett Johansson. Pete and her put an album together. Yhe link is to their new song Relator.


http://thebreakupalbum.com

 
At May 27, 2009 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, after listening to his new song with Scarlett Johansson, I think it's her. Whoever said (with certainty)the chick from Dixie Chicks is quite a bit off, it sounds nothing like her. He did do a song with her in the past called "The Man" but I have no idea how anyone could listen to Shampoo and get Natalie Maines out of it.

 

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