Wynette Treks To Alien Video Country- Library of Mu
- Library of Mu record:
- Title: Wynette Treks To Alien Video Country
- Date: 24 January, 1992
- Journal: USA Today
- Author: David Zimmerman
- Type of resource: News items
- Status: text
- No. views: 1445
- Description: poor news story, full of inaccuracies and quotes lifted from NME video shoot article?
Wynette Treks To Alien Video Country
By David Zimmerman (24 January, 1992, USA Today)
Country music icon Tammy Wynette says appearing in a video with top British
rappers (sic) The KLF is "one of the craziest things I've ever done in my
The self-described "Tammy-freaks" invited her to star in the video and single
JUSTIFIED & ANCIENT, a remake of a cut on their THE WHITE ROOM album, a smash
in Europe and their first US release.
The clip and single - which may be added to future WHITE ROOM copies - are
just out. The video premieres Monday on MTV. [ 27th, MTV USA ]
Wynette, who recorded with The KLF in Nashville and flew to London for the
video shoot, admits that the song "doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me".
Wynette sings, "THEY CALLED ME UP IN TENNESSE, THEY SAID 'TAMMY, STAND BY THE
JAM'". (The KLF formerly was known as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, or JAM).
"It was so far from what I would normally do", says Wynette, who's celebrating her 25th year in country music.
For the video, she was atop a huge platform dressed in a skintight "turquoise
mermaid outfit with a bustier like Madonna wears. And I had this crown on. I
don't know what the meaning of that was".
"These guys are crazy", she says of The KLF members Bill Drummond and Jimmy
Cauty, who have been big in Europe for four years with their imaginative studio
The pair, who generally conceal their faces, wear "robes and hoods with
rhinoceros tusks" in the video, Wynette says. When she appeared with them on
British TV's TOP OF THE POPS, they were dressed as "12 foot ice cream cones".
She says they called her the day before the video shoot to ask if she is
afraid of heights. "So I'm 50 feet above water and every time the Zulu dancers
below me dance, the platform moves from side to side."
"I tell the boys [Wynette's band members] that we're going to have to do
this song on the road, and they say, 'You're not serious, Tammy!'"
Wynette is about to launch an Australian tour, then will begin work on an
album pairing her with top pop and country stars commemorating her silver
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