July 6, 2007

New tune and a mystery from Pete Yorn: “Shampoo”

Pete Yorn posted a new song to his MySpace page a week or two ago called “Shampoo” and I’ve been neglecting my Official Ambassador of Yorn duties in passing along the good news (I hope they don’t, uh, fire me).

This track revisits some of the fantastic male/female harmonies (it’s what made “The Man” the jam of my summer last year) with a vocalist that I swear I know. Who is that singing along with him? It’s driving me a bit nuts trying to place her voice.

Of this delightful new confection, Pete said, “[There's a] batch that is ten songs that I’m just putting together that is kind of a concept record, based on a character from a movie that I like a lot. There’s a character called George Roundie that Warren Beatty played in a film called Shampoo and all the songs seem to relate to his life or the character’s life. And so it’s a soundtrack, I made my own soundtrack to that movie I guess. I’ll put that out at a later date.”

Shampoo – Pete Yorn

I’ve gotten the following three bits of information about this song from a source quite close to Sir Yorn. He says:

a little more info. i will give you three items on which to chew:
1. the “george roundy” concept album went away.
2. the song “shampoo” is part of a completely different concept album which does exist and is finished.
3. there may or may not be more tantalizing information regarding this project but i am not at liberty to disperse it.

More tantalizing information. How mysterious. I can’t wait.

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  • And we have a guess of Natalie Merchant, who I was thinking as well, but….I’m not 100% sure on that.

    heather — July 6, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

  • beth orton?

    Anonymous — July 6, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

  • I loved Pete Yorn’s last album. I was glad to see that it made Paste’s Top 25 of 2006 list.

    jonsnow — July 6, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

  • After landing the co-starring role in the For Us video, Sophie sent Pete a demo hoping to further her career in the music business and to his surprise, she was amazing in the studio.

    Roadgod — July 6, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

  • I THINK IT’S ZOOEY DESCHANEL. I don’t know why I’m yelling. But I am pretty sure. Think of the Elf duet.


    (I can’t believe I’ve left three comments on this, my own post)

    heather — July 6, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

  • Okay. This is a great song. Finally convinced me to give Pete Yorn another try (my local station overplayed strange condition and Life on a Chain). Now, I’m a fan. I know, I know, it’s about time! Just bought two albums off of itunes. Thanks Heather.

    PS> I vote for Leona Naess, too.

    Anonymous — July 7, 2007 @ 12:48 am

  • how about Z Berg from the like?

    star monkey — July 7, 2007 @ 1:26 am

  • It’s Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with a wrench.

    Roadgod — July 7, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  • ha ha ha…….roadgod shoots roadgod scores..miss scarlet in the……
    jay starnge

    Anonymous — July 7, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

  • since Feist has just appeared recently on his top friends list and it sounds like her, we think it is her…..

    katy did — July 8, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  • i dont think its liz and its DEFINITELY not feist. i was thinking zooey has a far more clearer voice…leona is a possibility tho…

    Don't Need Anything — July 8, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

  • it’s me. we recorded it while he was doing my hair.

    c — July 9, 2007 @ 7:38 am

  • It’s Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks.

    Anonymous — July 9, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

  • or possibley Inara George (the Bird and the Bee)? or, okay, Natalie Maines VERY different.

    Anonymous — July 9, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

  • doesn’t matter who it is on backup vocals, all i can picture is zooey. (until someone tells who it really is) HELP!

    kristen — July 10, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

  • no animals were hurt in the making of this song except, quite possibly, a love rhino.

    star monkey — July 10, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

  • I’m so excited–I get to see PY in a few days here in Louisville, KY.

    Anonymous — July 11, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  • I’m still thinking that it’s Jenny Lewis

    Anonymous — July 14, 2007 @ 8:49 am

  • overplay a Feist song with Shampoo and you’ll hear the obvious similarities…just sayin

    katy did — July 14, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

  • It sounds like Lily Allen to me.

    Anonymous — July 31, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

  • Yeah, I love the scene where the chick’s husband comes home and busts in and Warren Beatty starts fussing with her hair and acting all flamboyant, so the husband will think he’s just a gay hairdresser that came over to do her hair, not some guy banging his wife. That was some funny shit. But it WAS definitely an ULTRA cheesy movie.

    jojo — August 1, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

  • thank you heather for the song, you all are going to be stunned (do you hear me?), STUNNED when this album is released and you find out who it is.

    in the know and i didn't know it — August 12, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

  • WHY MUST YOU RUB IT IN? This is still eating at me. ;)

    heather — August 12, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

  • Do you think it could be Deb Talan? This is still bugging me too!

    Jules — August 25, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

  • What about Scarlett Johasson? She just released her first album.

    I’d say her or Zoey D. They both have that throw back sound

    Aubrey — May 18, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

  • So now we can say for sure that it’s Scarlett Johansson.

    antofa — June 5, 2009 @ 8:23 pm

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