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Little Annie unveils new video for “Billy Martin Requiem”

With World Aids Day around the corner, Little Annie aptly releases a video for one of the most powerful, sentimental and alluring album tracks on Genderful, Billy Martin Requiem.

December 1 marks the 22nd annual World AIDS Day, and while there is still no “cure” for or viable vaccine against HIV, the positive strides made battling the virus over the last few years are undeniable. New drugs are making what was a death sentence now a manageable – if serious and chronic – condition. Generic versions of these medications, along with ambitious public health policies are helping make real inroads against the disease in the developing world.  There is space for much optimism this year.  But what’s lost sometimes with the good news is a space to contemplate what has been lost to us – irrevocably. The talent unrealized, the creativity and vitality extinguished, the knowledge and experience that won’t be passed on to new generations – this was and continues to be the fall out from the AIDS epidemic.

Which brings us to Little Annie and her song/video “Billy Martin Requiem”.  This astonishing track – from Genderful, her collaboration with Paul Wallfisch (Southern Records) – is perhaps the most New York centered selection on this most NYCentric collection.  It is a song that Annie says she has been trying to write for years. For how does one address the catastrophe of AIDS without falling prey to either to platitudes and cheap sentiment or to the black void of grief?  If you’re Annie you do so with humor, compassion and most knowing sadness. She did, after all, see it all back in the day. She cut her teeth on the downtown music/art scene – back in the bad, old days of the late 1970’s when the Big Apple was a bankrupt, crime-ridden, graffiti-tagged Hell. (Unless of course you were an artist, a free spirit, a thinker and/or a gay man – in which case that Hell was Heaven.) And she was in the trenches of what she calls “the war”, and watched as – to paraphrase Allen Ginsberg – the best minds of a generation disappeared.

Over a sexy, loping groove Annie sets herself adrift on her own stream of consciousness – her mind flowing back to the day. Back to her youth in Yonkers – just north of The Bronx, back to Yankee Stadium – which her train would pass as she headed south and then back to Billy Martin, the Yankees’ ill-starred manager who would die in a drunk driving accident. “No they don’t make ‘em like Billy anymore”, sings Annie. From there she neatly segues to the male disco diva Sylvester, whose “high pitched call to glamour” was the soundtrack to her youth, to gay men God lead her to and so many of whom would be lost to AIDS. “And though it hurts like hell to say it, he was only one of millions. They don’t make them like Sylvester anymore” says Annie before launching in a role call of great artists lost to HIV. The song is elegant and simple and gently devastating

Danny McKernan’s video for “Billy Martin Requiem” is likewise elegant, simple and powerful – hearkening back to the days when promo clips where about the happy collision of a great song, a charismatic performer and film maker with a vision, as opposed to the bloated/vacant visual intravaganzas our eyes/ears are more often than not subjected to these days.

Both the song and the video gently ask the audience to never forget what is missing from this world due to HIV, and to remember the brilliance that has passed from our midst.

The Return of The Diva : Little Annie unleashes New York video series before tour

Annie in “New York I Knew You Well #1: The Bowery”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Annie is back!

A bon vivant born and raised in the Big Apple, Little Annie has commenced an impromptu, digital walking tour of the city that saved her life/damaged her irrevocably and ultimately inspired her music. What follows is a foretaste of Little Annie’s ongoing video guerrilla diary chronicling a history of NYC and she. You can find instalments #1, #2 and #3 of  the series New York I Knew You Well on the Southern Records YouTube channel where the rest of the series will be hosted.

Annie’s comments on how things have changed/stayed the same/been radically transformed past any point of recognisability in her hometown is the perfect visual companion to her recent album, in collaboration with Mr. Paul Wallfisch,, Genderful (Southern Records).

Annie has just kicked off her European tour – where she is commencing a series of collaborative shows with the wondrous Baby Dee, with whom she has recently been writing and recording, to be followed by a guest support slot on Marc Almond’s forthcoming UK tour.

Here are the dates:

OCTOBER

  • 26 – The Crane Theatre, Cork IRELAND
  • 29 – Small Beast @ Theater Cafe AM, Stadttheater, Dortmund GERMANY (with Paul Wallfisch)
  • 30 – Malostranska Beseda, Prague CZECH REPUBLIC
  • 31 – Rhiz, Vienna AUSTRIA)

NOVEMBER

  • 1 – Unwound, Padova ITALY
  • 2 – Kampnagel, Hamburg GERMANY

…Supporting Marc Almond, playing with Baby Dee

  • 11 – Cliff’s Pavilion, Southend
  • 12 – The Anvil, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • 13 – De La Warr Pavilion Marina, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex
  • 15 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
  • 19 – The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
  • 20 – The Lowry, Salford
  • 22 – The Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds
  • 23 – The Picturehouse, Edinburgh
  • 24 – The ABC, Glasgow
  • 25 – The Sage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • 28 – The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
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Stay tuned for more news, and if you want to purchase Genderful then you can do so via the Southern Records webshop.
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Genderful

Us folks here at Southern are very proud to have reached the triumphant milestone of 160.  Yes, that’s right – one hundred and sixty releases on the Southern imprint.  Not bad for a label in its 18th year.  And we couldn’t be happier than for that milestone to be marked by the release of an album by someone we first collaborated with well before the label was started. It was way back in 1981 that we first worked with the girl from New York who had followed Crass back to their house in Epping, for the release of her Barbed Wire Halo single on Crass Records.  None other than Miss Annie Anxiety, aka Annie Bandez, aka Little Annie.

Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch Genderful

Annie’s latest work is Genderful, her second album with her piano muse, and co-conspirator, composer Paul Wallfisch.  The duo somehow manage to perfectly mix soul songs and chansons, bluesy saloon singing and European cabaret styling into a gorgeous, new amalgam.

In Mojo magazine’s review of the album they call Annie “the female counterpart to the Lou Reed of 1982′s Blue Mask – a voice full of pickled New York wisdom”.  And we’re not going to argue!  Genderful is a true New York blues album – even if Annie and Paul play around with the musical form (a bit of camp show-tune here, a dash of Bowery chanson there) – certainly in spirit.  From the opening lines “Give me your tired, give me your poor” (a nod to the sonnet by Emma Lazarus engraved on the inside of the Statue of Liberty), through “Billy Martin Requiem” (a paean to the late, great, Yankees manager), the barbed salute to cookie-cutter urbanites in “Cutesy Bootsies”, and the tender tributes to the lost street characters of “Carried Away” and Adrianna”… it’s an album that has the salty sewers and half-empty bottles of champagne of New York running through its veins.

Listen to: Little Annie & Paul Wallfisch “Carried Away”

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Genderful is released in the UK in April and throughout Europe in May.  The CD is available for pre-order from our web shop now.

Annie has just been announced as special support for Marc Almond’s forthcoming 30 Year Celebration – My Hits And A Sides tour.  Annie will be performing a special set with Baby Dee.  The first dates are as follows – more will be announced in the coming weeks.

November

  • 12 The Anvil, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
  • 13 De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, UK
  • 15 St Davids Hall, Cardiff, UK
  • 19 Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK
  • 20 The Lowry, Salford, UK
  • 23 The Picturehouse, Edinburgh, UK
  • 24 The ABC, Glasgow, UK
  • 25 The Stage, Newcastle, UK
  • 28 Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, UK
  • 29 Town Hall, Huddersfield, UK
  • 30 Villa Marina, Isle of Man, UK

December

  • 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK

And we’ll leave you with the gorgeous first video from Genderful  – see you on the other side of heartache!

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