.

How 'The Bachelor' Inspired St. Vincent's New Look

Singer-guitarist Annie Clark cites reality show contestant, David Bowie as style influences

February 25, 2014 9:20 AM ET
Annie Clark St. Vincent
Annie Clark aka St. Vincent.
Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images

Before releasing her excellent new album this week, Annie Clark dyed her hair a striking shade of silver. The 31-year-old singer-guitarist – better known as St. Vincent – cites two crucial inspirations for the color change. One was the electric-orange mullet that David Bowie rocked circa Young Americans. The other influence was a little more complicated.

Annie Clark's bizarre fever dreams: inside St. Vincent

"This is really random," Clark explains. "I got obsessed with that show The Bachelor. At the time, a lot of people were talking about 'the sanctity of marriage' and preserving this beautiful institution. 'We must not let anyone who isn't in the club, in the club.' OK, fine. But then there's a game show where women who have barely met this one random guy – the hunk – are willing to go to, like, Evel Knievel heights to impress him."

Clark took particular note of a contestant named Sarah Herron. "She had one arm, and she was terrified of heights," she recalls. "And these evil, evil producers were like, 'You know what? We're going to strap her to the hunk and then drop them off the side of a building in Las Vegas. If you want a chance with this hunk, you are going to have to face your biggest fear.' Which, P.S., a fear of heights is a very logical fear. Some fears are just totally reasonable. But she faced it, for a chance with the hunk."

So what, exactly, does this have to do with St. Vincent's new look? "Oh," the singer adds with a laugh. "She had blonde hair."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com