Her retro style and immovable coiffe may draw Imelda May comparisons to Amy Winehouse, but she eschews the lazy-though-potent soul power of the latter in favor of relentless boogie. Her impish snarl is the highlight of this new video for her rockabilly-by-numbers track, “Johnny Got a Boom Boom”, where she’s backed competently by a blur of pomade and bowling shirts. Occasionally, you’ll see her bang on a traditional Irish drum called a bodhrán, which is buried so deep in the mix as to be totally superficial, but it sure looks fancy.
You can find the song on her 2008 release, Love Tattoo, and you can find Imelda May embarking on her first ever US tour this September. Check out the clip for some rapid camera zooming and very sassy lateral head-bobbing, along with her performance on Later… with Jools Holland:
Sept 9 – Chicago / Martyr’s
Sept 11 – LA / The Mint
Sept 12 – NYC / BB Kings w/Chuck Berry
Sept 13 – NYC / Nokia Theater w/Rusted Root
Sept 15 – NYC / Piano’s