In 1990, Faster Pussycat provided a song for Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary. The songs on the four disc set are covers. Faster Pussycat chose "You're So Vain" originally performed by Carly Simon. Even way back at the turn of the nineties, it was pretty clear Taime Down was moving to a more "industrial sound." Even the video looks industrial, with the extreme coloring of the film (yes, they still used film in 1990). Take a look for yourself: Faster Pussycat "You're So Vain."
Rewind just a few months, and Faster Pussycat was at the top of the Sunset Strip sleaze-Metal game. In 1989, Faster Pussycat released Wake Me When Its Over. The album spawned two signature songs: "Poison Ivy" and "House of Pain." At this point in the band's career, it was still hairspray and screams, as it should be. Taime still had his blonde mop, which I love. This isn't to say I don't like the frontman with his black hair. The dye just signaled a different move for the band I suppose. See for yourself. Here's Faster Pussycat "Poison Ivy." Rejoice in the long hair and leather.
So, was the image change a result of Taime's evolving musical tastes, or was it out of necessity because grunge was sweeping the industry? You decide.
Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 10:10AM
Sometimes you can actually witness an artist's tastes and styles evolve over time.