KD Lang is Canadian pop and country singer known for hits such as “Constant Craving” and “Miss Chatelaine” from her Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum album “Ingénue .” She came on my radar in 1989 riding high on the “cowpunk” trend of the late 80s that included BoDeans and Lone Justice. For me, that label wasn’t fitting for her style as she was a classic country crooner. But, like Maria McKee of Lone Star fame — there was something unique about her and lordy that voice.
While already receiving praise for her first two albums “Shadowland” and “A Truly Western Experience,” and “Angel with a Lariat” (the latter two with the Reclines), it was her album (also with the Reclines) “Absolute Torch and Twang,” that blew me away. The comparisons between KD Lang and Patsy Cline were well deserved and “Pullin’ Back the Reins” remains one of my all-time favorites.
By 1992, she moved in a more pop-centric direction that still retained elements of her folk roots and released “Ingénue.” This album and the lead single “Constant Craving” brought her not only acclaim but the worldwide recognition she rightfully deserved.
Her performance of the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah” at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Colombia is only bested by Whitney Houston’s “Star Spangled Banner” in live event vocal performances. Her rendition was not only stirring but heartfelt, which mesmerized me at the same time. If there ever was any doubt about this woman’s talent — this performance was proof of the contrary.
It wasn’t until a year later that Abigail covered “Constant Craving” and made the song an underground Eurodance hit. Her label subsequently commissioned remixes for several of her new releases going forward. You know how us gay folk operate. If we latch onto someone — we’re gonna remix it and put it on the dancefloor.
K.D. Lang’s induction into the Diva Hall of Fame represents all the singles that were remixed by her label in various iterations (save “Constant Craving,” which is an edit of the original). It is with great pleasure to include one of our own in the Diva Hall of Fame as Miss KD Lang takes her rightful place among the many talented women that have filled up this ever-expanding series. I don’t know how KD feels about her music being remixed but we adore this woman and it’s our way of showing our gratitude for sharing her talent with the rest of the world. I cannot think of a better person to represent the LGBTQ+ community. We love you.
The original release of Ms. Lang’s induction contained an edit of “Constant Craving”. Party Favorz expressed our disappointment that there were no viable remixes of this great song at that time. Shortly afterward, the fabulous Tracy Young was commissioned to create an official remix for her biggest hit. This episode has been updated from the original with Tracy’s excellent remix.
Album: K.D. Lang | The Diva Series
Genre: House Music, Circuit Tribal House
Total Time: 01:28:32
1. Constant Craving (Tracy Young Fashionably Late Remix)
2. Miss Chatelaine (St. Tropez Mix)
3. Lifted By Love (Elevate Your Love Mix)
4. If I Were You (Junior Vasquez Main Mix)
5. The Consequences Of Falling (Love To Infinity Classic Paradise Mix)
6. Sexuality (Angel Moraes Main Mix)
7. Summerfling (Wamdue’s Summer Bliss Extended Mix)
8. Theme From “The Valley Of The Dolls” (Junior’s Arena Anthem)
9. Summerfling (Victor Calderone’s Extended Vocal Mix)
10. If I Were You (Junior’s X-Beat Mix)
11. The Consequences Of Falling (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix)
12. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Classic Club Mix) [with Andy Bell]
13. Just Keep Me Moving (Movin’ Mix)
14. Sexuality (Teri Bristol Vocal House Mix)