The ever-iconic Amanda Lepore has a new EP out “Lepore,” a follow-up to her 2011 musical debut – five years in the making!
Producer Bill Coleman from Peace Bisquit explains their aim was to marry Amanda’s love of Hollywood glamour and vintage bombshells with a fearless kick up your Louboutins humor and a showgirl-worthy groove. The songs needed just the right amount of camp that would compliment the canon of classics Amanda performs in her nightclub shows. “We think we nailed it with this e,p. Amanda’s fans expect her to not only be glamorous but to also buck trends,” he says. “We’re excited for fans to hear the next evolution of music from the hardest working gal in nightlife. There’s more already in the works!”
“It why I love nightlife people because there is nothing better than a good kiki. Kisses to my musical collaborators who worked hard and captured the energy I wanted to deliver on LEPORE.. It’s for my fans around the globe that love the nightlife and love to boogie. I cannot wait to share the songs and perform them live.”
Listen to the songs below (My fave is the “Too Drunk to Fuck!” snippet – SO FUN!)
The e.p. begins with “Buckle Up,” a playful single with a burlesque, retro-pop swing. “My goal at shows is to whip naughty boys and girls around and leave ‘em asking the questions they don’t want their mothers knowing the answers to,” coos Lepore. She sings about it in ‘Buckle Up,’ written and produced by RedTop (“Convertible”), Knifekick, Ted Ottaviano (Book Of Love), DJ Angelo “Pepe,” indie-pop ingenue Megan Vice and Lepore’s long-time musical collaborator, Bill Coleman. The song is a reflection of Amanda. As she takes on the night, so does ‘Buckle Up’. And as easy as Amanda is on the eyes, the song is on the ears.
It is followed with “My Panties,” a saucy track co-written with perennial collaborator and Lepore bestie, gay hip hopper Cazwell, “He really gets me and knows how to write songs I’ll love and enjoy singing,” she says.
Next up is Amanda Lepore’s cover of David Bowie’s classic single, “The Jean Genie”. The song is a favorite of Amanda’s and one she has performed at live shows and burlesque events. After Bowie’s death two years ago, she made the decision she would cover the record as a tribute to her favorite legendary icon.
LEPORE. wraps with “Too Drunk To Fu*k,” a pop track that Amanda admits took her several recordings to perfect. Written by the Aussie DJ/producer/songwriter twin duo, NERVO (who recently scored a Top 10 with Sofi Tukker’s “Best Friend”) and co-produced by RedTop (who Amanda collaborated with on “Convertible,” her duet with Mya on I..Amanda Lepore), she was adamant to get the song on the album. “We recorded several different versions over the years but could never get it quite right. It finally clicked when we decided to take it an almost ’60’s, go-go box direction; as a throwback that was more in line with the rest of the e.p.”
If you’re in NYC, be sure to check out Amanda live, IN THE FLESH, singing her new songs at Strut!
(Black & white photos: Josef Jasso; Color pics: May Lin Le Goff; Featured image: Pacific Coast News)