Track of the Day: 'American Woman' by Lenny Kravitz

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader in L.A., Andrew, loves anagrams and Mañana Ice Worm:

Lenny Kravtiz’ cover of The Guess Who’s 1970 classic “American Woman” not only re-imagines the sleepier, more remorseful original, but also reinforces why the song should instead be so emphatic—because American women continue to be so very tempting. In that respect, Kravitz, I think, thought the song should be amped up just to help keep pace with them.

The cover was included in one of the films of the Austin Powers franchise, which makes it even more groovy, baby.  

Oh, and by the way, did you realize that if you rearrange the letters in the phrase “What’s the most transformative cover song you know?” you can get “What groovy cow farts! Ho! Artist’s movement. No nukes!”?

Just thought you’d like to know.


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