On Wednesday (3), singer Poppy released an official cover of Russian vocal duo t.A.T.u.’s breakthrough hit “All The Things She Said.”
Poppy’s cover exchanges the song’s electronic elements for heavier guitars to accompany her spot-on vocals, but all in all remains pretty loyal to the original. The video, shot in black and white and directed by Poppy herself, features the singer performing in an empty padded room.
Originally set for release to correspond with Pride Month, the singer also felt it important to address recent events with its release. Speaking in a statement posted in the video’s description, Poppy said,
“This cover song was delivered to my label over two weeks ago, with the purpose of being released in time for Pride Month.
Unfortunately, in the time elapsed since then, we’ve been faced with a tragedy that calls for our much needed attention.
While we are still fighting for equality in the lgbtq+ community, we still have a long way to go, and there still remains an absurd amount of injustice for minorities in America.
I cannot adequately express my disdain for how our government, and above all, our president is reacting to what’s happening in America right now.
I encourage you to educate yourself, go out and protest, donate, and raise your voice to speak out against this injustice.
I’ll also be sharing a few links to donate to if you have the means to do so.
I stand with you in love ❤️”
“All The Things She Said” was released by t.A.T.u. in 2002, stirring up controversy for its racy lyrics about two girls developing feelings for each other and its video depicting a scene where the duo of Lena Katina and Julia Volkova kissed in the rain in front of outraged onlookers. It was one of the first times a lesbian couple (though it was later revealed that the duo was neither a couple nor lesbians) were displayed on television in such a non-chalant way. The song went on to become the duo’s biggest hit, reaching number one on sales charts all over the world.
The singer first covered “All The Things She Said” during her I Disagree tour earlier this year. Her official version was being teased on her social media pages since late May.
Poppy released her latest album, I Disagree, in January 2020. She is slated to release her second graphic novel, Damnation: Poppy’s Inferno, on July 21, along with a soundtrack called “Music to Scream To” included in the deluxe edition. The singer is currently scheduled to head out on a fall European tour starting November 19 in Madrid, Spain.