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Viagra Boys cover John Prine's "In Spite Of Ourselves" with Amy Taylor of Amyl and The Sniffers

15 December 2020, 15:04 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Viagra Boys are back with another glimpse of their Welfare Jazz album, this time covering John Prine's "In Spite Of Ourselves" with help from Amy Taylor of Amyl and The Sniffers.

Their cover of the late John Prine's "In Spite Of Ourselves" features Amyl and The Sniffers' lead vocalist Amy Taylor, and follows previous Welfare Jazz singles "Creatures" and "Ain't Nice".

Viagra Boys' vocalist Sebestian Murphy says of the cover, "When i heard "In Spite Of Ourselves" the first time i instantly had an urge to do a cover or it and i instantly knew that i wanted Amy to sing Iris Dements' part because of her unique voice. I love that she sings with an Australian accent which is not too common in country songs i've heard before. I've listened to The Sniffers since way back when we started and Benke showed me 'i'm not a loser'. Then i've had the privilege of playing with them and hangin out and partying with Amy and the band all over the world and we’ve hit it off from the start. Amy is a goddess of punk rock and a very important part of music today, and one of the smartest people I’ve talked to and it’s an honor to able to make music with her and i hope we can do more in the future!"

Taylor adds, "I was so excited when Viagra Boys asked me to do a duet with them. Sebastian is a classy man but let's be true, we're both insanely feral and gross, so the lyrics are perfect, I love tomato sauce and have a foul mouth so it's like his singing right to me, what an honour. Seb's a country music fan, and so am I, so it was really sweet to do a little nice duet and he actually introduced John Prine to me now i'm a fan. Viagra Boys and Sniffers see each other here and there around when we're touring, i've got all the time in the world for them and their music. Gus our bass player even represents a full VB track suit, hat and all! I remember when we were in London once and Viagra Boys were playing, Gus and Bryce went and ended up sleeping in a park because they had too much fun. I rode a ferris wheel with Benke once when they were in Australia last year. I want to try that hectic stupid canned fish they always talk about. Shrimp Jazz for life!"

Welfare Jazz will follow Viagra Boys' 2018 debut Street Worms, and features production from Matt Sweeney (Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Run the Jewels), Justin and Jeremiah Raisen (Yves Tumor, Kim Gordon, Sky Ferreira) and past collaborators Pelle Gunnerfeldt and Daniel Fagerström (The Hives, The Knife).

Murphy says of the record, "I’m not good at talking about politics, but everything is political when it comes down to it. I’d rather write a song about being defeated, which usually comes from a real place and says a lot. We wrote these songs at a time when I had been in a long-term relationship, taking drugs every day, and being an asshole. I didn’t really realise what an asshole I was until it was too late, and a lot of the record has to do with coming to terms with the fact that I’d set the wrong goals for myself."

"In Spite Of Ourselves" featuring Amy Taylor is out now. Viagra Boys' Welfare Jazz album will be released via YEAR0001 on 8 January 2021, and is available to pre-order now.
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