Josie Cotton refuses to stop being iconic. Though perhaps best known for her 1982 songs, “Johnny, Are You Queer” and “He Could Be The One”, she has never settled down into complicity or repetition. No, Josie Cotton is here to surprise and delight. “Ukrainian Cowboy” is living proof.
Everything in “Ukrainian Cowboy” feels unified, which is important for a song and video that could so easily fall into chaotic fun. From the title to the lyrics to the instrumentation to the collage-styled clip — the song is aware of its theme. Bringing Russian folk rhythms together with a country melody, Cotton channels Nancy Sinatra with a touch of rock swagger.
True to her nature, the famous aficionado of B-movies allows the imagery into the clip, which has her playing a roll steeped in opulent emotions. The clip even features a section that breaks away into comic-book style graphics. “There’s a hole in my soul as big as Russia,” Cotton declares, and its that kind of grandiosity that pervades not only “Ukrainian Cowboy”, but seemingly Cotton’s artistic life as a whole.