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Vera Ellen Drops Single / Video 'Crack The Whip'

Vera Ellen Drops Single / Video 'Crack The Whip'

Annabel Kean / Image credit: Isabella Austin / Wednesday 25th August, 2021 11:15AM

With a hopeless romantic track record like Vera Ellen's (see Songs No​-​one Should Hear), you'd be right to take a seemingly love sick song like 'Crack The Whip' with a grain of salt, waiting for the moment everything goes horribly, heartbreakingly wrong. From her album It's Your Birthday, out this October via Flying Nun Records, I'm 90% sure 'Crack The Whip' is actually a touching, guitar-pop love song, with the repeated refrain "C'mon baby you can hold me through the night" delivered without even a touch of cynicism from the Girl Friday vocalist. Ellen's self-directed home movie-style video for the new single likely helps its case, featuring what looks like both authentic '90s footage of a baby Vera, and recent clips from a big day out to the zoo, beach and other LA hot spots. Maybe it's a combination of lockdown and seeing baby monkeys in the 'Crack The Whip' visuals, but I'm feeling pretty emotional about It's Your Birthday and would like it to be released now please...

Vera Ellen's solo album ‘It’s Your Birthday’ is out October 8th via Flying Nun Records.


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