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St. Vincent Records ‘Funky Town’ For Minions Movie: Look + Listen

As part of the Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack, St. Vincent recorded a version of the Lipps Inc. disco classic, “Funky Town.”

Scheduled for a July 1 release, St. Vincent (born Annie Clark) worked on the track with producer Jack Antonoff, who co-produced her last two albums, Daddy’s Home and Masseduction. The retro 70’s stylized version starts with a mix of synths and country & western strings before settling into the tune’s familiar groove before Clark’s signature chill comes through on the chorus. And the video clip shows a Minion version of Clark, complete with the blonde bobbed wig she wore on the Daddy’s Home cover, dancing in a Travolta-esque leisure suit.

Antonoff served as the soundtrack’s executive producer and assembled a diverse group of musicians to cover hits from the “Me” Decade: Brockhampton (“Hollywood Swinging”), Phoebe Bridgers (“Goodbye to Love”), H.E.R. (“Dance to the Music”), and Weyes Blood (“You’re No Good”), among others. Antonoff’s Bleachers project tackles John Lennon’s “Instant Karma!” while the Minions themselves cover Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecelia.” Thus far the only track other than Clark’s “Funky Town” to be released has been Diana Ross and Tame Impala’s collaboration on “Turn Up the Sunshine.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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