Monday, November 23, 2009

Sinéad O'Connor - Jump In The River (featuring Karen Finley)

I have a huge appreciation for the music of Sinéad O'Connor. The Lion & The Cobra was released when I was only twelve years old, but it had quite an affect on me. I still remember the first time I saw the cover; this bald woman, hands crossed over chest, screaming at the top of her lungs. It's as if she was feminism incarnate -- wailing like a banshees at the patriarchy. Even at twelve years old, I knew this woman was fierce, and that image of her has never left me. And who could forget songs like Mandinka, (I Want Your) Hands On Me, and Troy?

Next came the album that made her a household name. 1989's I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got (with help from the Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2 U") thrust her into a very uncomfortable position; musical icon. She's talked about her uncomfortable courtship with fame many times over the years, and she's much happier when she's out of the public eye. Of course, tearing up a picture of the Pope on SNL probably doesn't help achieve that goal. Oh the indiscretions of youth!

Many people think that "Nothing Compares 2 U" was the first single released from that album, but it was actually "Jump In The River." It came and went largely unnoticed, but it's actually quite a good song. She teamed up with feminist shock performance artist Karen Finley for a re-recording of the track. The first four minutes of the song are largely the same as the single version, but then you hear Finley's howling and barking marking the transition to her portion of the track. In true Finley style, she proceeds to scream a stream of obscenities that would put a sailor to shame. She was, after all, one of the "NEA Four."

Anyway, I think it's a great version of the track and I hope you enjoy it!

Artist: Sinéad O'Connor
Title: Jump in the River (featuring Karen Finley)
From: Jump in the River CD5
Time: 7.21