Thursday, 18 May 2017 17:29

Selena Gomez’s ‘Bad Liar’ borrows from the Talking Heads

“Burning Down the House” troupe The Talking Heads, born of the New York City punk scene, pioneered the New Wave movement with their music throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Selena Gomez once starred on The Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place and fronted a band called The Scene. It seems inevitable, then, that the two kindred musical spirits would finally cross paths.

With her latest single, “Bad Liar,” just a day away from hitting our ears, the “Rock God” chanteuse — who’s been angrily scrawling lyrics all over her mirror in lipstick, RuPaul’s Drag Race style, this week — is now teasing the full lyrics for her upcoming Ian Kirkpatrick-produced (Britney Spears, Hilary Duff) bop on Genius.

And, according to the lyric site’s preview review of the song, which was co-penned by her Revival songwriting team Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, “Bad Liar” interpolates the Talking Heads’ 1977 debut, “Psycho Killer.”

As with her unreleased Revival jealousy jam “Feel Me,” Selena’s seemingly deep in her feelings about an ex (can you hear the media scrambling to write their “IS THIS ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBER?” thinkpieces already?) — although this one’s coming from a much lonelier place: “In my room there’s a king size space / Bigger than it used to be / If you want you can rent that place / Call me an amenity.”


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