Could Yellowjackets ‘Cornflake Girl’ Feature Turn Tori Amos Into The Next Kate Bush?

28 March 2023 | 9:26 am | Mary Varvaris

We can only hope!

(Source: Supplied, Under The Pink album cover)

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Popular Showtime/Paramount+ series Yellowjackets has returned, with the season 2 opener premiering last Friday. The show came back with a bang, featuring music by Papa Roach (Last Resort), Sharon Van Etten (Seventeen), and the Tori Amos classic, Cornflake Girl.

Cornflake Girl was originally released in January 1994, with Amos' groundbreaking second album, Under The Pink, coming out a few weeks later. Cornflake Girl debuted at #19 in Australia, while the album hit #5 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

With Yellowjackets' increasing popularity, can Amos experience the same chart success as Kate Bush, years into their careers, with an older song? Well, with music supervisor Nora Felder on board, it very well might be possible.

Felder worked on Stranger Things season 4 and was a big reason why the show’s use of the Kate Bush number, Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), found massive popularity on the charts.

Last June, Kate Bush achieved her first #1 single in 44 years with Stranger Things featuring her song. 

Kate Bush first charted in Australia in April of 1978 with her debut single, Wuthering Heights, which logged three weeks at the top of the Kent/AMR charts from 22 May 1978 until 5 June, holding for three weeks at #1. 44 years and one week later, she landed her second chart-topping song in Australia, albeit with a 1985-issued single.

In a new interview with Variety, Felder outlined the fascinating multi-layered richness of Amos’ music, particularly her songwriting, as the reasoning behind featuring her music on Yellowjackets.

“When I first heard Cornflake Girl, my take on its core meaning was that it deals primarily with betrayals between women,” Felder said.

“The lyrics in connection with the ending of the first episode felt like a befitting underlying message. Cornflake Girl adds to the anticipation of things to come with these rich, multilayered and downright compelling female characters, our Yellowjackets.”

Tori Amos isn’t the only artist representing the 90s on Yellowjackets: when the trailer for season 2 dropped, it was soundtracked by Florence + The Machine’s take on Just A Girl by No Doubt.

Just A Girl has never sounded so creepy - the soft isolated piano definitely helps - but it’s perfect for a thriller television series about people who do what they must to survive, including resorting to cannibalism.

“I’m such a huge fan of Yellowjackets and this era of music, and this song especially had a huge impact on me growing up, so I was thrilled to be asked to interpret it in a ‘deeply unsettling’ way for the show,” Florence Welch commented in a press release. 

“We tried to really add some horror elements to this iconic song to fit the tone of the show. And as someone whose first musical love was pop-punk and Gwen Stefani, it was a dream job.”