Against Me! and Joan Jett Cover the Replacements’ ‘Androgynous’
Since announcing her decision to change genders after a life-long bout with gender dysphoria, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) has been considerably reticent concerning the process of beginning to live as a woman and intentions to begin hormone replacement treatments. However, this weekend’s show at New York City’s Terminal 5 was proof that the celebrated punk singer may be quiet about the private process, but she’s not without a sense of humor (or celebration, for that matter) about the long-awaited transformation.
In an unexpected move, the punk stalwarts brought out surprise guest Joan Jett — still a sexual rule-bender even at the age of 53 — to share vocal duties on a cover of ‘Androgynous,’ a classic track off of ‘Let It Be,’ the 1984 classic from punk godfathers the Replacements. Both rockers, as you’d expect, looked the part in tight jeans, black shirts and liberal applications of eye makeup.
While intriguing, Grace’s decision isn’t unprecedented in the music world. Some may be familiar with Genesis P-Orridge, the Mancunian musician/performance artist/social gadfly who fronted both the acerbic, brilliant industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle as well as the psychedelic house troupe Psychic TV.
As for future plans for Against Me!, the band is currently at work on its first album with Laura Jane Grace as lead singer. Its tentative title? ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues.’
Watch Against Me! and Joan Jett Cover the Replacements’ ‘Androgynous’