Universal Love: Wedding Songs Reimagined is a six-track EP that features classic songs but recorded with same-sex pronouns. It’s a celebration of homoerotic love performed by a mix of gay and straight artists.
Bob Dylan takes on the 1929 standard “She’s Funny That Way” but with male pronouns. Meanwhile, Kesha revamps the Janis Joplin hit “I Need A Woman To Love.” Others featured include St. Vincent, Kele Okereke, Valerie June and Bob Gibbard.
“If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective,” said Tom Murphy, a co-producer of “Universal Love.” “If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?”
The album was funded by MGM Resorts International. Smart move since gay weddings account for 20 to 30 percent of the ceremonies performed at the company’s 15 hotels in Las Vegas, according to chief executive Jim Murren. Check out the tracks below.
Bob Dylan ‘He’s Funny That Way’
Kesha ‘I Need A Woman To Love’
Kele Okereke ‘My Guy’
St. Vincent ‘And Then She Kissed Me
Bob Gibbard ‘And I Love Him’
Valerie June ‘Mad About The Girl’