Josie Cotton is an American singer and songwriter, best known for “Johnny Are You Queer?” and “He Could Be the One” from 1982. “Johnny Are You Queer?” was used on the soundtracks to Jackass Number Two and Valley Girl. “He Could Be the One” was used in Valley Girl.
The past year has been busy for Josie Cotton, who released 2 albums and 3 singles on her Kitten Robot label, which launched in 2019. Her latest, Invasion of the B-Girls, is part of a reissue series dedicated to her previously limited issue/private releases. Bust magazine described the LP as “a totally swanky, sometimes funny, always danceable homage to her favorite so-bad-they’re-great vintage B-movies, with liner notes by John Waters. You could say that the singer-songwriter has built her career on crafting her own one-two punch of sly, neo-retro style and subversive substance (always with a mischievous wink for the peanut gallery.”
Also in 2019 Kitten Robot put out Everything is Oh Yeah, the never released album recorded in 1986, slated to be her 3rd record. Completely remixed but remaining true to the era, it was co-released with Cleopatra Records. Soon after, two singles of all new songs were released; the double-A side “Ukrainian Cowboy” and “Cold War Spy,” where Nancy Sinatra meets James Bond in a real Spaghetti Western video. The year wrapped up with the single “Everyday Like Christmas.”
2020 will continue non-stop for Cotton with a new record coming out as well as the dual reissues of Convertible Music (with New Wave atom bomb “Johnny Are You Queer?”) and From the Hip, both previously on Elektra Records. Additionally, Kitten Robot will be expanding to issue material from other artists (stay tuned). Josie is excited to get back on the road, after her much anticipated return last year which was in full force until the recent interruption.