How about a little reader participation? First, slide your feet up the street. Now bend your back. Next, shift your arm. Then you pull it back. That’s right, my friend, you’re walking like an Egyptian. And you know who else is right there with you? KT Tunstall.
The British songstress has covered the Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” for Yahoo! Music’s Cover Art series (you may remember Mandy Moore’s impassioned take on “Umbrella” for the series last summer). Let’s give KT’s take a listen, complete with kick-ass whistle solo.
KT’s reason for picking the ’80s smash couldn’t be cooler: “That song made me think it was probably cooler to be a girl than a boy because the Bangles were so cool.” Amen to that.
In fact, let’s give the original a spin, just for old time’s sake.
While you really can’t beat the jangly joy of the Bangles version, KT acquits herself well with her upbeat, strummy rendition. She even seems to have worked on her Susanna Hoffs doe-eye impression.
Now, I loved the Bangles. Heck, I still do. They were — how should I put this? — awesome. And I’m not just talking about their mastery of Aqua Net. At a time when you were more likely to see a woman on MTV doing cartwheels on Jaguars than playing her own instrument, the Bangles were rocking out. They still are. Man, what is it about girls with guitars?