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Nancy Sinatra slams raunchy videos

Published 28/04/2015 | 12:41

Nancy Sinatra has hit out at performers who use sexy videos to promote their music
Nancy Sinatra has hit out at performers who use sexy videos to promote their music

Singer Nancy Sinatra - the daughter of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra - has criticised today's "sexy and raunchy" pop videos.

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The star - whose signature mini-skirted look turned her into a sex symbol in the 1960s - said that women should focus on their music.

Her best known hit, the 1966 track These Boots Are Made for Walkin', caused controversy because of its raunchy imagery.

But Sinatra, 74, whose rendition of Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) accompanied Quentin Tarantino's 2003 Kill Bill film, said that she disapproved of many of today's videos.

Her comments come after Miley Cyrus attracted criticism for going fully nude in her Wrecking Ball video, and for her notorious twerking routine with Robin Thicke at an awards ceremony.

Kylie Minogue was recently criticised after she appeared in raunchy footage to accompany her single Sexercise, while Rihanna's S&M video contained scenes of "sexual bondage, dominance and sadomasochism" - and even led to a warning from watchdog Ofcom to broadcasters.

Sinatra, who is preparing for the opening of a new show at the London Palladium to mark the centenary of her father's birth, told the Press Association: "It's unfortunate that women feel that they have to resort to something sensational.

"I think it's better to really make yourself proud of your music and your songs and your voice, and not sensationalise everything. I think that's disrespectful to yourself.

"I'd rather see women stand up and be counted as women and strong women. Most people are. I'm very proud of a lot of the women in music today. I think they're doing a great job."

She said of the explicit music videos: "We don't need that stuff and people who are talented and who do good work don't need that. They don't need to resort to that."

Sinatra added: "We are foolish and foolhardy to promote that kind of behaviour. All the videos I see now are sexy and raunchy, what's the point? I don't get it."

Asked if her father would have approved, the singer and actress - who posed for Playboy in her fifties - replied: "God no, he would have hated this."

Her comments come after singer Annie Lennox criticised a ''recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos'' and accused record companies of ''peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment''.

Sinatra: The Man and his Music opens at the London Palladium - the location for the crooner's first performance in Europe in 1950 - in July.

The "multi-media show" has the backing of the Sinatra family and combines performance footage from the vaults with a 24 piece orchestra and 20 dancers.

His daughter, whose track You Only Live Twice was the theme song to the 1967 James Bond film of the same name, said: "We're hoping to create the spirit and the feeling of a live concert.

"Hopefully families will come together and young people will be introduced to the Great American Songbook and the greatest entertainer of the 20th Century."

She added: "The Palladium was the first show that dad did outside of the United States. It was on July 10th, 65 years ago, July 10th is the opening night of the Palladium show in 2015.

"It's very meaningful to all of us. He loved that theatre. It's a very beautiful theatre. I think It's going to create magic.

"We have the vaults full of stuff. We took it out and are bringing it here to London ... there's just such richness in there.

"I wish that we had had the archiving techniques that we have now. I wish that we had filmed every recording session and filmed every performance, but we didn't do that in those days."

Sinatra also said that while she had "mixed feelings" about sites like Spotify, she is a fan of TV talent shows.

"I love them. I watch them almost religiously. People think I'm crazy. It's important to give young people a chance," she said.

"There's no real opportunity any more. We don't have The Ed Sullivan Show.

"Simon Cowell ... I love what he started, Britain's Got Talent, American Idol, I love that because it gives young people a chance ... where else can you do that? Is there another opportunity anywhere? I don't think so."

:: Sinatra: The Man And His Music at the London Palladium opens on July 10. Tickets are available at

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