The queen of Mojito Disco, Róisín Murphy, turned 49 today. I admire this lady oh-so much.
Before Lady Gaga hit the world with her eccentric style and persona, there was Róisín Marie Murphy, who essentially paved the road for Gaga. Not only her voice is so remarkable, Murphy is pure fabulous weirdness and always entertaining to watch. All kinds of unusual props and bizarre clothes are scattered around the stage before the band even goes on.
AllMusic described Murphy as “a purveyor of adventurous, omnivorous pop that blended influences as far-flung as disco and hot jazz.” Drowned in Sound wrote that “she’s merged pop, house, and disco with an avant-garde sensibility and a stunning, shape-shifting visual output that never ceases to provoke.” Think a hysterical combo of Roxy Music, Grace Jones, and the wham-glam New Romantics movement, you’ll get Róisín Murphy.
I was introduced to Murphy via “Sing It Back”, when she was still a member of Moloko. Took me a while to like it. Till one day “Sing It Back” hit me hard, I then began my Róisín Murphy deep exploration—and right away became a fan.
The video below, her latest release, one of my most favourite songs, from her 2020’s album, Róisín Machine.
Happy birthday and stay gorgeously quirky, Róisín Murphy!
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Featured image via Ancienne Belgique.