WATCH: World Premiere Of The Knife's New Music Video
It's not everyday that internationally renowned musicians quote queer theorist Judith Butler, but, then again, Swedish duo The Knife aren't your everyday band, so it wasn't surprising when they said the looked at Butler and other theorists's work when preparing their new album, Shaking the Habitual. "We wanted to get deeper into feminist and queer theory, reading things like Gayatri Spivak, Chandra Mohanty, Judith Butler, Jeanette Winterson, and The History of Sexuality by Foucault," singer Karin Dreijer Andersson told us earlier this year.
It's fitting then that when DFA Records's Planningtorock was asked to remix a track from Shaking that he zeroed in one particular line from the track "Full of Fire." "Going through the tracks I pulled [out] the awesome lyric 'Lets Talk About Gender Baby Lets Talk About You and Me' and was completely moved by its groovy directness," he said. "[So I] started recording this super fun bass line and totally went for a funky celebration feel."
The resulting remix of course is a direct reference of course to Salt-N-Pepa's sex-centric 1991 classic, "Let's Talk About Sex," and the video, full of amorphous shapes and tight shots of multi-hued, often genderless lips, is something of an homage to that era's limited, but effective, graphic design. It definitely works. And here, for the first time, you can check it out: