Saturday 17 February 2018

LISTEN: Roisin Murphy releases new track 'Gone Fishing' from new album 'Hairless Toys'

Roisin Murphy album cover for Hairless Toys
Roisin Murphy album cover for Hairless Toys
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It has been eight years since Roisin Murphy released Overpowered and fans are chomping at the bit to hear what her new album, 'Hairless Toys', has to offer.

She has just released the lead single 'Gone Fishing' (listen below) which she was inspired to write after watching the film Paris is Burning.

In a statement, she said, "This song was written after I watched the documentary film Paris Is Burning, having read an article which referenced it in a discussion about House music's origins in black, gay culture. I was deeply moved by this film.

'''I had to run this far from home' - it's about the outcasts who could never fit into mainstream society and how they created a safe place in the drag 'Ball' scene of New York in the ‘80s. 

'Will we live on?  The children of La Beija' refers to the 'house' of Pepper La Beija, who was one of the most notable figures on the scene, Pepper is also quoted in Malcolm McLaren's song on the same subject 'Deep In Vogue'.  The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring.

"I envisioned 'Gone Fishing' almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one's own world,  a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys."

'Hairless Toys' is available to pre-order from iTunes:


Track listing:

01 Gone Fishing

02 Evil Eyes

03 Exploitation

04 Uninvited Guest

05 Exile

06 House of Glass

07 Hairless Toys (Gotta Hurt)

08 Unputdownable


Róisín Murphy will play Electric Picnic this year.

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