Song You Need to Know: Perfume Genius, ‘Not For Me’

Song You Need to Know: Perfume Genius, ‘Not For Me’
This triumphantly sad-sack ballad first surfaced in 1963 as a b-side from Bobby Darin, then an icon of aspirational cool thanks to his definitive version of Brecht/Weill’s “Mack The Knife.” Then, in ’64, Sammy Davis Jr. released an even sadder version of “Not For Me,” with potent subtext added to its alienated, un-wed lovelessness — while the Civil Rights Act was signed that summer, interracial marriage remained illegal, the Loving v. West Virginia decision still years away.

So it’s fitting that, in the 21st century, the song’s outsider-anthem evolution
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