Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker on relating to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Norman F*****g Rockwell’

Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker on relating to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Norman F*****g Rockwell’

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Sleater-Kinney on Lana Del Rey
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Sleater Kinney picks “Norman F*****g Rockwell,” by Lana Del Rey

My guest today is Corin Tucker, from Sleater-Kinney. Sleater-Kinney formed in Washington in the early ’90s. They’re a part of the riot grrrl movement and they are truly one of the important bands in rock music. This year, they released a landmark album in “The Center Won’t Hold.” They are coming to Milwaukee on October 16, playing at the Pabst Theater. We’ve been playing the songs “Can I Go On” and “Hurry On Home.” My guest today is Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney.

So, what is the last song that you listened to that really captured you?

I have to say, I love that new Lana Del Rey song, “Norman F*****g Rockwell.”

I love her voice, I love her phrasing, and there is kind of a shocking element to it that I think is really interesting. So that was a song I listened to recently that I was like, “Oh, I dig this” and I was surprised, because I wouldn’t have necessarily counted myself as a fan of hers before this album. But I think the songwriting is so clear and there is so much emotion in it that I’ve been drawn to it.

What is the songwriting saying that reaches you?

I think it’s really talking about a woman’s experience in a relationship, or just everyday existence. What’s interesting about it is that she looks at the idea of being feminine and being a part of this heterosexual relationship that she’s describing. But she also has a lot of resistance to those kinds of prescribed gender norms as well. So I think there’s a duality in there that I find really interesting and it definitely speaks to me.

I think that that will speak to a lot of people as well. And thank you for that.

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