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Saturday 17 July 2021

Get Your Hands Off My Girlfriend: Goodnight Louisa's New Track Highlights Hidden Abuse Of Gay Women

Showcasing Goodnight Louisa aka artist-producer Louise McCraw's icicle-clear vocals and stiletto-sharp writing smarts, visceral dark disco track Get Your Hands Off My Girlfriend dramatically contrasts euphoric 80s driven drum sounds and nostalgic synths with troubling lyrics on a little-talked about experience – the harassment and assault of gay women in what were thought to be safe spaces.
Credit Craig McIntosh

"The line "get your hands off my neck" is autobiographical", says McCraw.

Enjoying a night out with her partner at the time, McCraw was assaulted by a man enraged the pair had refused to perform for his entertainment.

"When you tell people about this, they're usually like: 'What? Is this a thing?'" says McCraw. 

"Gay bars have been taken over by people who think it's acceptable to behave quite badly. 

"It's not the gay people, it's others. Gay culture is not as secretive as it was before, and people want a part of that. 

"But they forget the sheer brutality that can come along with that."

Get Your Hands Off My Girlfriend is the first single from Human Danger, the self-produced debut album McCraw completed earlier this year. 

It was was recorded while also working with Ensemble, Wheatley Care and Donna Maciocia's project teaming musicians with vulnerable young people and composing the soundtrack for playwright Stewart Melton's acclaimed pandemic drama Distance Remaining.

Accompanied by choreographer Tamsyn Russell and Scottish Dance Theatre's Adrienne O'Leary, McCraw stars in the track's attendant video, shot on 8mm film by Harry Clark. 

At one point, her flesh is pawed by anonymous hands, as if bodily autonomy is a luxury not afforded to gay women.

"For so long this has annoyed me and there's no songs about this," she says. 

"It's a thing not talked about but it's still a big problem, if not for the gay community in general, certainly for people I know – and especially for women with other women."

She continues: 

"That's the main point I want to make, and why it's the first song I've written that is so on the nose. 

"I usually use metaphors, whereas I wanted this to be very honest. 

"That's what I wanted for the whole album; not to beat around the bush. 

"When you see two people kissing in the street, in a bar, it's really none of your fucking business."

'Get Your Hands Off My Girlfriend' single is out 16th July 2021. CLICK HERE to watch video.

by: Mike Cobley


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