Savages‘ Jehnny Beth and the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas have united for an explosive duet on “Boy-Girl,” a cover of influential Danish punk outfit Sort Sol’s 1983 tune featuring Lydia Lunch. The breakneck track is defined by the vocalists’ complimentary styles, with Casablancas’ deadpan snarl balanced by Beth’s emotive yelp.
On December 18th, the duo will release a limited edition seven-inch single of “Boy-Girl,” backed by a remix from Savages producer Johnny Hostile, via Casablancas’ Cult Records and Savages’ Pop Noire Records. Pre-orders are available now, with a digital version available through the Cult Records site.
The bizarre, grainy “Boy-Girl” video – directed by Cult Records’ creative director Warren Fu – features Casablancas and Beth taking turns in solo performances, occasionally appearing next to each other on outdated TV sets. The duo stand in front of rotating backdrops that include waterfalls, pyramids, bridges, zebras and the Statue of Liberty.
The collaboration came together after Hostile suggested Beth record the song, with Casablancas adding his part later. “I had never heard the song before and still have no idea what the hell the words are talking about,” Casablancas said in a statement. “It sounds like a Danish dude trying to sound like he’s saying English-sounding words.”
Beth was pleased to give the original track more exposure. “Sort Sol are cult in Denmark, and today are very influential in the Copenhagen scene (Iceage etc…),” she added. ” I would be pleased to make their name known better.”