Naked Highway Takes Your ‘Self Control’ NSFW

NYC’s dance floor darlings NAKED HIGHWAY (www.nakedhighway.com) usher in the springtime with their new single ‘Self Control’ – an innovative cover of Laura Branigan’s classic 80’s hit!


Naked Highway ups the NSFW ante for ’Self Control’ by shooting it in an actual NYC sex club with a guest appearances by adult film star Aleks Buldocek (Raging Stallion), NYC shock rocker Alexcalibur & more! Directed by Peter Cimino and band members Sy Boccari & David Lee Rotten, the video pays homage to the original 80’s music video with hints of Madonna’s ‘Erotica’ for good measure!

Singer Sy Boccari says, “’Self Control’ is one of my all-time favorites! My parents used to play it all the time when I was a kid, and since Halloween was my favorite holiday I originally thought the song was about Halloween, since she sung about “the creatures of the night.” How naïve of me! Deep in my heart I knew even then that I would one day sing this song on stage, and look at me now Ma!”

‘Self Control’ was originally written in Italian and performed by singer Raf who is still active today.  Laura Branigan recorded an English translation of the song in 1984 and it became an international hit.  Raf later recorded an English version of his song which became a hit in Italy.  The song has been covered numerous times by artists such as Ricky Martin (in Spanish) and Infernal.

Offering further insights into their recording of the classic, “Our version has been in development for quite some time. Originally we recorded the song with a full live band and we even shot the video to the ‘band’ version of the song. However, when it became obvious that we weren’t going to tour with a full band we created a new arrangement based on the electronic version we do for live shows. We kept only a few guitars parts and one drum fill!”

Boccari says “The lead vocal you hear on the track is the very first take! We actually recorded the vocals about six times, before deciding to use the first take which I had performed merely as a guide vocal for the rest of the musicians. That first take captured all the energy and spontaneity that I wanted our version to have, so we used it!

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About nakedhighway

Naked Highway is a multimedia electro-glam outfit from NYC, and most definitely the club-kid of the #plusheartstar family! Skating a thin line between clubby beats & new wave sensibilities, Naked Highway’s recent string of DJ-friendly singles & viral music videos provide a blueprint for group’s impending world domination.