Artists Like Kesha and Bob Dylan Are Rewriting Iconic Songs to Make Them LGBT-Friendly
In an effort to honor and include LGBT people in mainstream music, Kesha, Bob Dylan and countless other singers, songwriters, musicians, composers, and producers have set out to create “Universal Love.”
This six-track album may only contain already existing songs, but you’ve never heard them like this before. Instead of singing songs as they were originally written, the artists performing each song have switched the pronouns or gender that’s being sung about.
"We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace," said Phyllis James, MGM Resorts' chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer.
Below is a full list of artists featured on the album and the songs they remixed:
- Bob Dylan reworked “She’s Funny That Way” to be “He’s Funny That Way.”
- Benjamin Gibbard re-recorded the Beatles’ hit, "And I Love Her," to create "And I Love Him."
- Vincent reworked The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" to "Then She Kissed Me."
- English musician Kele Okereke transformed The Temptations' "My Girl" into "My Guy."
- Singer-songwriter Valerie June remixed the 1930s classic “Mad About the Boy” to read “Mad About the Girl.”
- Kesha closed the album by spinning Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Man to Love Me” into “I Need a Woman to Love Me.”
“If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective,” said Tom Murphy, a co-producer of ‘Universal Love.’ “If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?”