Joan Armatrading, the pioneering singer-songwriter behind such hits as Love And Affection, Me Myself I and Drop The Pilot, has revealed that she’d like to make a heavy metal album.
Armatrading made the surprise announcement in an interview with The Guardian to celebrate her winning the lifetime achievement prize in this year’s Woman Of The Year Awards.
The Grammy-nominated Armatrading has experimented with various styles over the years. 1983’s The Key featured King Crimson and David Bowie guitarist Adrian Belew and lent towards hard rock, while in 2007 she released the first in a trio of albums exploring different genres. Into The Blues was a blues album, while 2010’s This Charming Life was rooted in “guitar based rock” and 2012’s Starlight was a pure jazz album.
Now she wants to go further. “I love hard rock!” she tells The Guardian. “I always tell myself, ‘One day I’ll make a heavy metal album.’ With lots of guitar shredding! And I will.”
Armatrading’s epiphany comes in the wake of news that pop star Miley Cyrus is working on an album of Metallica covers, and recent revelations that Mariah Carey secretly recorded a grunge album back in 1995.
If we’re completely honest, life hasn’t been this exciting at the pop/rock interface since Back Street Boys made a hair metal video back in 2005. Although, to be fair, it wasn’t very good.
Below, you can watch footage of Armatrading receiving her lifetime achievement award.
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- Joan Armatrading - Track Record - UK - vinyl LP - £8.00, $9.92, €9.44 (New Item) (arrived 11-May-2022 14:37)on May 19, 2022 at 10:13 am
JOAN ARMATRADING Track Record (1983 UK 13-track vinyl LP compilation, including Love & Affection, Drop The Pilot, Me Myself I, Willow & more, glossy picture sleeve with portrait / discography inner. The sleeve has some corner wear and the vinyl looks seldom played JA2001)
- Joan Armatrading - Sleight Of Hand - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.40, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 10-Mar-2022 15:49)on May 19, 2022 at 10:13 am
JOAN ARMATRADING Sleight Of Hand (1986 UK 10-track vinyl LP with the picture labels, including the singles Kind Words [And A Real Good Heart], Reach Out and Jesse. The picture sleeve has just light shelfwear visible and comes complete with the illustrated lyric inner while the vinyl remains in excellent condition AMA5130)
- Joan Armatrading - Love And Affection - Solid - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.67, €8.25 (Back In Stock) (arrived 25-Jan-2022 09:04)on May 19, 2022 at 10:13 am
JOAN ARMATRADING Love And Affection (1976 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, also including Help Yourself, A&M company die-cut paper sleeve. The sleeve shows a little shelfwear whilst the vinyl appears barely played AMS7249)
- Joan Armatrading - To The Limit - US - vinyl LP - £8.00, $9.92, €9.44 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jan-2022 11:10)on May 19, 2022 at 10:13 am
JOAN ARMATRADING To The Limit (1978 US 10-track LP, complete with the lyric inner. The picture sleeve has no deletion cuts & shows very little wear whilst the vinyl is excellent with minimal play SP-4732)
- Joan Armatrading - The Very Best Of - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $43.40, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 08-Feb-2022 11:20)on May 19, 2022 at 10:13 am
JOAN ARMATRADING The Very Best Of (1991 UK 14-track vinyl compilation LP, glossy picture sleeve with the lyrics on the reverse. The sleeve is in excellent shape with only light wear and the vinyl looks barely played)