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She’s the sort of woman who wants boys to sob at her funeral and
her audience to watch her descend into madness during her live shows.
Jane Badler has never done anything quietly, and we’re happy that her
newest album is just as dark, emotiona l and smooth as her last.
Badler’s se cond album, Tears Again, is out now and she is performing in
select venues throughout Australia . Badler is best known for her portrayal of
Diana , the sexually charged villain of cult classic tele vision prog ram V. Along
with V, Jane starred in the classic soaps One Life to Live and Fantasy Island, as
well as playing the seductive snatcher of Alec Baldwin’s baby in The Doctors.
Tears Again is the second collaborative album from Jane Badler with
SIR , which she calls “an interesting combination between three seemingly
disparate forces. Myself, who is a kind of lounge sing er, Jesse [Shepherd]
who comes from the indie world, and Paul [Grabowsky] who is a jazz
composer and pianist.” Any listener of the album will notice the piano is
basically just another band member in this formidable trio, sometimes
joining in as a haunting accompaniment and other times stealing the show.
This new album is somewhat of a departure from Badler’s first album,
which was autobiographical and had more of an indy, g ritty feel. She’s
polished e ver ything up the second time around and brought in cellos
and violins, but retaine d that signature darkness that coloure d both her
earlier film roles and the tone of her music.
It was her acting and life experience that has helped to inform her
song writing and on-stage presence. She told me that “being an artist, there’s
always somewhere to put it. There’s always a song to be sung about it and a place
to escape from it. Instead of it making you crazy, you use it. It’s something that
ever yone can learn to do. You don’t have to be doing it on the stag e, you can
find ways to utilise it.”
Badler wrote the song ‘Nurser y Rhyme’, which she calls “tragic.”
She says it’s about the loss of innocence as well as betrayal. “It’s about
a woman being betrayed by some one she loves and not being resilient
enough to forgive. Instead of being able to forgive that person she ke eps
re-living it over ag ain and ag ain in her mind until she goes slightly mad.”
Madness is a theme in much of Badler’s work. She says it’s inspiration
for her persona onstag e, which she recreates through costume chang es
and a visual descent into insanity, which she says is all part of the fun.
Another part of her onstage persona is her blatant sexuality, which she
refuses to apologise for or abandon. She says, “the acting industry is ver y
disempowering. It’s very hard to be getting older as an actress because
no matter how talented and beautiful you are there’s always an actress ten
years younger who can play that role. It’s ver y important to try and recreate
something that people can look at and be like, Wow. I can be fifty, I can be
the same age and I can still be sexual; I can still be viable in this world and say
something that’s important and still keep my sexuality and not have to play
Badler explores this notion in the song , ‘I Want a lot of Boys to Cry at my
Funeral’. It’s the idea that when you go ever yone will be lining up to sob over
the loss of you. Check out the album and you’ll certainly be joining that queue.
TAG: Jane Badler will play in Sydney at The Basement on Thursday, June
9th, 2011 at 9:00 PM. For other shows and more visit janebadler.com
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Cry me a river
Jane Badler sings the blues.
Jillian Eugenios hands out the
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