It’s also a nod to who we are as a band—women and queer people, we’re her target demographic, and we’re not taking ourselves too seriously to NOT cover a Britney track. It is the 10 year anniversary of the single, as GM was released September 20th, 2007.

) was a Britney Spears Barbie in the same Catholic schoolgirl outfit as her 'Baby One More Time' video. In my current painting practice, I’ve painted Britney a handful of times, (I painted this single cover, for example) having had both a childhood love of her, and my more adult research into the business and trials of her career. I’ve been especially more vocal in recent years about it, as it’s fun to poke holes in DIY music posturing.

Being too cool or “anti” mainstream pop music is a common response that I hear, and it’s especially fun to dig in and give Britney’s song the Natural Velvet dark chaos that we are known for.

However, Britney was admitted to a drug rehabilitation clinic following a very public breakdown, during which she shaved her head in front of the paparazzi.

Britney's breakdown resulted in her losing custody of her 2 sons in 2007.

She famously performed what is considered her worst, most drugged out performance of her career with this track at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards—this performance, the subsequent dragging of her by the press, is what prompted Chris Crocker’s infamous 'Leave Britney Alone' You Tube meltdown.

"I remember watching this unfold on 'Inside Edition' (I was 16, we didn’t have cable, and it was the first show that aired in the afternoon when I got off school), and I found it all so fascinating—the feminine grotesque writ large as each drama unfolded, and the reality or non-reality of each action performed by Britney never fully discussed amid mid-2000s era mainstream misogyny.

Britney's marriage to Kevin lasted 2 years, with the couple divorcing in 2006.

It was decided that Britney and Kevin would have joint custody of their sons.

To this day, I have a love of the feminine grotesque, of the villainess, the anti-diva—they’re so much more interesting than the sweet protagonists we are trained to love as children.