Back in 2011, PopMatters’ Matt James raved about Lydia Loveless’ aptly titled sophomore outing, Indestructible Machine, noting that “Lydia Loveless’ second record is, by turns, a succession of swift punches to the face followed by a lover’s warm, passionate embrace. Either way, it holds your attention. Indestructible Machine is as good as anything I’ve heard this year and marks the true, and truly defiant, arrival of what could be a serious talent.”
It’s true and you know that you simply can’t resist her so just give in already. With Boy Crazy, Loveless gets her pop on and shines the way to a new full-length record due in 2014. Here’s that new tune we were telling you about. Meanwhile, Loveless shares her thoughts about the creative impetus behind that great title song.
Lydia Loveless: “I came up with the idea for the song ‘Boy Crazy’ when the band and I were all drinking at SXSW, and I was reminiscing for a bit about how a friend and I used to like to go to my little brother’s baseball games and flirt with all the boys on the team. People would call us ‘boy crazy’. When you’re young, you don’t know why you like someone; you just have all this energy. But when you grow up, there is less innocence. You get called all kinds of horrible names, like ‘slut’, if you go around dating a baseball team’s worth of dudes. It gets increasingly difficult to navigate relationships and friendships with others as you grow older, especially as a woman. I wrote the rest of the songs in the month or so after that discussion (except for the song ‘Lover’s Spat’, which I had originally written about Jeffrey Dahmer for my side project). We rehearsed for about a week and then went into the studio with a couple thirty packs and knocked it out. It’s my rock and roll tribute to baseball pants and youth.”
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