Marianne Faithfull was previously just a name to me. Around in the 60s. Had something to do with Mick Jagger. I knew little after that. That was all until I heard ‘Why D’ya Do It’, from her 1979 album Broken English, and the name Marianne Faithfull meant a lot more to me.
The lyrics, written by the poet Heathcote Williams, depict a graphic, emotional rant of a jilted woman who discovered her lover’s adultery. Lines such as “Cause she had cobwebs up her fanny and I believe in giving to the poor” caused controversy when it was released in 1979 and led to the record being banned in Australia.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone else could do this song justice the way that Marianne has. You trying singing about a “barbed wire pussy” with a straight face, it’s tough. Saying that listening to it does make you wanna scream along with it, which can be a bit tricky at 8am on a packed bus. Oh how my fellow commuters love me. They should be looking past the filthy outbursts and loving Marianne, she’s the way to go.