MusicThatMadeWE #28: Doll Body

1 hour, 37 minutes (audio only version)
1 hour, 57 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: August 20, 2022
Recorded: May 31, 2022

Doll Body shares the music that brought her to the various stages in NYC.

The Music That Made WE is a creation of WEBurlesque Podcast Network, produced by Viktor Devonne.

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In this edition of the Music That Made WE, Viktor gets to talk to Doll Body, a regular of the New York burlesque and drag scene and co-producer of High Concepts, a 420 based cabaret.

“What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner
Doll Body says: “It’s an amazing song first of all and it’s an early memory song from before I had a consciousness of music… I remember my mom singing it a lot and just around the house you would hear ‘ What’s love got to do with it!’ It was her earworm.”

“Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
Doll Body says: “Conversely, my mother did not like this artist, so this was my rebellion…This song was 1995 in a big way…Mariah…is one of my favorite ever divas. Today, tomorrow, yesterday.”

“Spice Up Your Life” by Spice Girls
Doll Body says: “This was the first time I had gotten tween mania for something. It was my first concert… I remember this dictating my entire tween realm… Spice Up Your Life in particular is not a love song. It says love authentically, live loudly, all the people of the world.”

“Dancing In the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
Doll Body says: “I consider him now my father. He is an amazing poet…He has been a staple in my home and my mom would talk about his band as if she knew them. ‘Oh just listen to Clarence closing it out on a saxophone.’ “

“Existentialism on Prom Night” by Straylight Run
Doll Body says: “I chose this to represent all my deep emo and punk rock leanings of 2001 -2005 when I was in highschool… a boy I had a crush on was the original person who hipped me to them… it’s very bleeding, very cathartic, very cut myself open on the floor…it’s just very high school dramatisms where music is life and I would blast this song in my PT cruiser while speeding.”

“That Time” by Regina Spektor
Doll Body says: “I liked her earlier stuff and I don’t know if it was me or her or both of us, but this is such a gritty minimalist song.. and I was thinking the other day how impactful it is. There is a line about walking on Delancey Street and I play this song whenever I’m walking [there] and imagine dead pigeons.”

“12:51” by The Strokes
Doll Body says: “A music reviewer once said of The Strokes: ‘They don’t understand your pain, but they will make it feel better.’ That’s my only intro.”

“Because the Night” by Patti Smith
Doll Body says: “It’s such a great song. It’s energizing and empowering. And I love Patti Smith as the quiet New York trash poet that she is.”

“Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Doll Body says: “I don’t have many love songs on my list, but this is a very heartbreaking one…You asked me what was on my walls and in college every year is a new dorm so I got to refine and edit it by collaging my walls. I had a picture of Karen O on my desk where she was upside down kind of
pouring beer in her mouth while singing and she was just hanging upside down, mouth open, while I wrote my papers.”

“Suspended In Gaffa” by Kate Bush
Doll Body says: “This song really has just been the last three years where I feel like things have been
witchier and self investigative. Kate Bush is such a weirdo who I think is bewitching everyone through her music. I’ve felt very suspended in Gaffa. That’s just been the way.”

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Special thank-you to Raina Sinclair for transcription services.

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