Judith Barry/Richard Kern
Richard Hell and The Voidoids
The short-lived group Dominatrix, created by Stuart Arbright, combined a Euro-dance beat with an edgy punk/new wave/technopop perspective. Artist Beth B defined the song with a “transgressive” video shot in the Bronx. Derived from a Zulu folk song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” sung by Miriam Makeba and then the folk singers the Weavers, the song’s updated version replaces the snoozing lion with a rapacious woman slinking through the urban jungle.
Beth B (American, born 1955), The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight. 1984. Video (color, sound). 3:30 min. Music by Dominatrix. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Streetwise Records