“I came up as a performer in queer nightlife, so a lot of what other pop songs were about didn’t resonate with me,” comedian, actress and singer Scout Durwood says about “Go Go,” one of the 19 tracks that make up her debut musical comedy album Take One Thing Off. After one listen of the entire album, however, one can argue the dearth of popular music easily embraced by the LGBTQ community is why Take One Thing Off exists. So much more than a set of goofy songs, Take One Thing Off is a collection of expertly crafted pop tunes – with help from acclaimed producer Dave Darling – that will bounce around your brains for days on end. It helps that Durwood’s pipes are on par or better than most of the disposable pop stars of 2017.
And that’s why Laughspin is proud to exclusively stream Scout Durwood’s entire album before it’s officially available May 19 through Blue Elan Records. So, sit back, check out our little Q&A with Scout, watch her amazing video for the title track and get to listening to her album!
Oh, and one more thing. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you’re going to want to make it out to Take One Thing Off Live at The Hotel Café on Saturday, May 20 at 9 pm. Get your tickets now!
How would you explain the relationship between music and comedy in your life?
Comedy is my head and music is my heart. There is so much about the human condition I want to figure out and explain, and for that, I use comedy. Why are we here? What are we doing? Is any of this at all relevant? And whatever I can’t explain, I sing.
Is there some sort of comfort in putting out a comedy/music album as opposed to, say, a straight-up music album– in that, if people say “it stinks!” you can always, say, well, it’s JUST a comedy album so, what did you expect?
Ha! No way. The comedy tracks on this album give me way more anxiety than the music. There’s a bullet-proof-ness to singing where you can close your eyes and tune out the audience and really just be in it with the song. It’s harder to do that with comedy. Impossible, really. I’ve never imagined people would want to listen to what I have to say unless I was being funny, however, so it’s been my main focus in life for always. In a way, all of my years as a comedian were just a means to get me to a place where people would listen to me sing.
The video for “Take One Thing Off” is pretty amazing. Can you of explain the inspiration behind it?
Hell yeah. We had a bunch of ideas floating around, but Sammi Cohen and Sarah King who directed and produced the video, respectively, came up with the laundromat. They also decided to get a motorcycle into said laundromat, and it was one of the most incredible things I have ever witnessed I almost always perform with two male back up dancers, so I brought in Graham and Cory, and the rest was a big party that all fell into place. It’s super hipster and super queer and we had In ‘N Out for lunch. All the things that I love best!
The video shows a lot of hijinks…. did the party continue off camera as well?
Once that paint powder came out, it was game on. Graham, the dancer in white with the big ol moustache, got blasted in the ear with blue paint in basically our first shot, and from that point on, everyone was all in. We tested a bunch of the paint on our producer, so by the end of the day, no one in the crew was safe. My skin kept turning bight green from all of the paint in the air, so I was constantly wiping myself down with baby wipes. I was also incredibly sick at the time, and had been for over a week, so my face was super chapped from blowing my nose. I spent a huge chunk of the day peeling bright green skin flakes off of my face. Super sexy. And then after the shoot, we went out to dinner and totally forgot that we were still covered in paint. Jason, one of our dancers, had a friend from high school in town who came and Jason totally forgot until he was topless that his friend hadn’t seen him since he transitioned from female to male. It was a fantastic moment and everyone cheered. There was also a moment towards the end of the shoot where Sarah, our producer, very gently put it out there that we’d love to get some shots of people making out, and immediately a bunch of us were like, ‘Uh, yes please!’
How and where would you suggest people listen to this album?
Great question! I’ll start with my perfect world first. The album is a narrative, so pour yourself a large glass of wine, turn the lights down low, and have a one person listening/dance party to the album from start to finish. From there, pick your favorites and feel free to shuffle.
GRAB SOME WINE AND LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE ALBUM HERE: