We’ve been blasting re-issued “Anti-Love Song” off of 1974’s They Say I’m Different for the last decade, and that’s been great, but it’s time for a refresher on Betty Davis—the woman who was too “wild” for Miles Davis and inspired “the most knee-wobbling odes to sheer animal sex ever recorded,” as we’ve written of Bitches Brew. Last year, Light in the Attic released The Columbia Years 1968-1969, which collected sessions between Betty and Davis, featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin and more. A new documentary on Davis titled Betty – They Say I’m Different comes out this month.
But wait, there’s more Betty for your ear buds.
Clearly someone (namely, the folks over at Light in the Attic) awoke to the fact that the phrase “Nasty Gal” has roots that aren’t in capitalism or politics. It’s quintessential Betty, and you’d better believe it will be dusted off the shelf and seen in the light of day, complete with lyrics, rare photos, interviews and liner notes by John Ballon. It could be in your hands as early as Jan. 12.