It’s been 20 years since Fiona Apple first stole our hearts with her moody “Criminal” music video. Now, we can experience the angst all over again with Brooklyn-based It Was Romance‘s “Hooking Up With Girls,” in which frontwoman Lane Moore reenacts the iconic video frame-by-frame, giving it a queer update. The video, produced only by LGBTQ artists and people of color, tells the same story as Apple’s, but from a queer perspective.
“When you watch the ‘Criminal’ video, it’s just so moody and frustrated and kind of off-putting but very watchable, very stylized,” says Moore. “There’s just something about it that’s so intriguing and creepy and confused and angry, and all of those themes are what I hear, because I wrote it, when I listen to the song ‘Hooking Up With Girls.'”
A longtime fan of Fiona Apple, Moore started It Was Romance in 2015, mixing blues with Americana rock ‘n roll. “Hooking Up With Girls” is a soulful indie ballad about love and sex. Like “Criminal,” Moore’s voice soars over gloomy guitars, making “Hooking Up With Girls” its 2016 equivalent—an honest anthem for angsty teenage girls and the LGBTQ community.
Watch It Was Romance’s updated version, below.