Start Wearing Purple
|"Start Wearing Purple"|
|Single by Gogol Bordello|
|from the album Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike|
|Gogol Bordello singles chronology|
"Start Wearing Purple" is a song by gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, written by frontman Eugene Hütz. The song was packaged as a double single along with "Sally", and released as the band's second single in February 2006. It appears on their third album Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike. This version is a re-recording of the initial one which was featured in the band's first album, 1999's Voi-La Intruder. It also appears in the soundtrack for the 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated, in which Hütz stars as Alex.
The video starts with Hütz wearing ladies shoes, and singing and dancing in the streets. Then we see images of the band and lots of people dancing around, while consuming copious amounts of alcohol.
Hütz said in an interview, "It's one of the very few songs I wrote for a girl. I just moved in with my girlfriend in New York. We had a neighbour: an old woman who was always dressed in purple head to toe. She was clearly bonkers. So whenever my girlfriend and I had an argument and she would start screaming at me, I would say: you might as well start wearing purple now". In another interview, he stated that the song was written around 1995.
The song also bears a striking resemblance to Jenny Joseph's poem, "Warning."
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