Snap Judgment: "Faster Kill Pussycat" by Paul Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy

104433__brittany_murphy_lThere was this rumor floating around a while ago about Brittany Murphy. Story goes: In an effort to convince producers to cast her in a Janis Joplin biopic, she made a demo of herself singing some Big Brother and the Holding Company hits. Though that film never materialized, we heard the tapes were incredible.

A few bootlegs were passed around, but then suddenly vanished, around the time that Paramount announced that RenĂ©e Zellweger would star in Piece of My Heart, another Joplin biopic. To complicate things further, Penelope Spheeris went forward with a competing Joplin biopic called The Gospel According to Janis starring Pink. It’s unclear how Murphy fit into this picture, but, needless to say, we never heard the tapes. (Nor have we seen the movies as of yet.)

But knowing about the buzzy tapes means we weren’t that surprised when we heard "Faster Kill Pussycat," in which Murphy’s raspy vocals are featured over a slow-grind techno track by DJ Paul Oakenfold. It probably won’t storm the Billboard charts any time soon, but it makes us optimistic for the day when we have to say "Brittany Murphy’s new album" without snickering — the way we do with other talented actors.


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  • Kurt

    She sounded great. I’m impressed.

  • Aramis

    I’m impressed with this song…she definitely has a knack for this more so than current pop bimbos like Jessica and Britney.
    Too bad about the Janis biopic…but I’m actually looking forward to seeing P!nk in the role. More so than Renee Z. I think she has more spunk and an ability to tap into the role of the legendary rocker than Renee does.

  • brandonk

    Didn’t they already make a Janis Joplin biopic? Called “The Rose”?

  • Middento

    Wow, what a GREAT tune! Happy all around with it, hooray!

  • Stephanie

    The Rose was semi-autobiographical. It was about a southern woman rock singer who wanted to retire but her ruthless manager refused to let her out of her contract. So instead of seeking the help of a lawyer like a normal person, she decided to hide in the arms of drugs, sex, and alcohol. The only things that were close to Joplin was the drinking, the drugging and the raspy vocals of Bette Middler.

  • Jay

    That was a really cool song. Paul Oakenfold is a good match for her.

  • Martin

    Go, Brittany! I LOVE it. I’m so buying the CD now.

  • johnathan

    Holy crap, that song is hot.

  • cliff

    The legend is that Melissa Etheridge and her then-girlfriend Julie Cypher were at a wedding and heard Brittany sing at the reception. They were so blown away by how much she sounded like Janis that Julie was going to produce the first movie. It’d be cool if she had a Madonna/Evita moment and ended up getting the part years later, after all the “better” choices were eliminated.

  • Kerry

    That song was great, I just hope she gets a chance to do her own thing in the future and not have some manager make her go all poppy like some people (Spears, Simpson).

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  • Amber

    Well Renee Z became proudcer and obviously gave herself the main role instead of britt *rolls eyes* but brit would have dun it soooo much better. I loved her singing in faster kill, but though nobody does it better(little black book) let u hear her vocals more, and they were good!!.

  • julz

    i love it!
    i m gonna hear this at every club.. i know it. =)

  • jes

    i did not think brittany murphy could sing so i was definitely surprised. this track is hot!

  • karina

    Brittany sounds HOT…the girl is on fire.I love it….gives me chills

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