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Julie Ruin Head 'Right Home' on YACHT Remix – Song Premiere

Kathleen Hanna: 'I can imagine it playing in the background of a totally uncontrollable party'

The Julie Ruin
Shervin Lainez
October 30, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Punk pioneer Kathleen Hanna – now fronting the Julie Ruin – hands the reigns to producer YACHT for an uplifting remix of "Right Home," which can be found in its original form on her new group's debut album, Run Fast. YACHT's pulsating, club-ready reinvention of the track is downright celebratory, retaining Hanna's distinctive vocal line from the original and lyrics about going to an after-party against her better judgment.

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"Of course I like our version of the song, but YACHT added this whole new dimension," the Bikini Kill and Le Tigre veteran tells Rolling Stone. "Now I can imagine it playing in the background of a totally uncontrollable party. Since I wrote 'Right Home' about trying to drink your pain away while knowing your problems are still gonna be there when you get home – along with a hangover – it thrills me to no end that random partiers, who may be caught in the same dilemma, will be dancing to this. If they catch a glimmer of the lyrics all the better, but it's pretty meta either way."

In its remix form, the vintage feel of "Right Home" somehow recalls  Tones on Tail's classic 1984 dancefloor anthem "Go!" Maybe it's the cowbell, but it definitely warrants repeated listening. On a related note, Texas-based fans can check out the Julie Ruin – which also includes bassist Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill), keyboardist Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) drummer Carmine Covelli and guitarist Sara Landeau – delivering the song as Hanna imagined it at Austin's Fun, Fun, Fun Fest during performances scheduled for November 8th-10th.

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