It Was Romance Debuts New Shot-For-Shot Remake of Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”

It Was Romance Debuts New Shot-For-Shot Remake of Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”

Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” music video is sultry, raw, and achingly 90s. It Was Romance’s “Hooking Up With Girls” music video is all that and also breathtakingly queer.

Made as a shot for shot remake of “Criminal,” It Was Romance’s video is heart-wrenching and heartbreaking. It lures you in with its 90s vibe and clings tightly to your heart, whether you’re ready or not. A song simply about the moment when a relationship should end but both parties are holding out, it is refreshing to see a music video that contains queerness, but is focused on real human emotion and not girls making out.

It Was Romance front woman, Lane Moore, chose to remake “Criminal” because she is a huge fan of 90s music videos and a lifelong fan of Fiona Apple. “The themes in that video and that song are very sexual, but also full of hesitation and regret and frustration,” Moore explains, “The themes in ‘Hooking Up With Girls’ are absolutely along those same lines, so once I realized I could combine the two and add in some very cute butch women, I knew that was the music video I wanted to make.”

Lane Moore, is a serious renaissance woman. Originally from the south, she’s been singing writing, and making people laugh since before she can remember. “I don’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t singing or writing songs,” Moore says, “Most of my childhood was me locking myself in my bathroom for hours and hours until I could hit every note of every singer I knew and then going and watching 6 hours of sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and then never sleeping. Pretty much since I was born I’ve wanted to be a musician/actor/writer/comedian/director and I am grateful every single day that I’ve never had to choose.”

When Moore isn’t singing she’s a stand up comedian, an actor, a costume designer, a writer, and an editor. Moore hosts a monthly comedy show called “Tinder Live with Lane Moore.” During the show she swipes in real time and even texts (and calls!) matches. She recently acted in HBO GIRLS. She’s written for The Onion, GQ, Cosmopolitan (where she was the Sex and Relationships Editor), and more. She also co-designs all the costumes for It Was Romance with designer Steve Buechler.

And on top of all of this, she won a GLAAD award this past summer for bringing LGBTQ-inclusivity to Cosmopolitan. “Winning the GLAAD award was incredibly cool,” she says. “When I came to Cosmopolitan my goal was to make it super LGBTQ-inclusive and body positive and to talk about mental illness and gender and sexuality in a real, human way and winning that award made me feel like, ‘Yes! The plan worked!’” (Be still my queer heart).

Lane Moore (and therefore, It Was Romance) is a force to be reckoned with. She has done so much for the LGBTQ community and now, along with some very talented bandmates, she brings you a hauntingly beautiful work of art.

You can find It Was Romance on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, Facebook, and TwitterYou can follow Lane Moore on her Twitter.

Image courtesy of Lane Moore.