This "Don't Cha" cover by Ezra Miller's band is the dark, queer version of The Pussycat Doll's classic that we didn't know we needed.
All the way back in the day, in the glorious time that was 2005, The Pussycat Dolls gifted us a pop anthem that lives on to this day: “Don’t Cha.” Sure, the video, which features the Dolls stomping and writhing sexily, really helped cement the song in our collective imagination, but the song itself is iconic on its own. It’s all about feeling yourself, being hot, and of course, all the guys wishing their girlfriend was as hot as you. So, who better to cover this legendary banger in 2019 than our Millennial, gender-bending king of hot, the one and only Ezra Miller.
Miller, who is known for his eccentric personality and fashion style as much as his acting work, just released a “Don’t Cha” cover and music video with his band “Sons of an Illustrious Father.” Shot inside what looks like an abandoned hangar, the video shows Miller rocking a dark purple lip, dancing sultrily between his two bandmates, Lilah Larson and Josh Aubin. All three are wearing black tank tops that highlight their pale skin, making this cover look like a gothic, mellow version of the Doll’s hyper-feminine, high-energy classic. The dark vibe is the perfect complement for the song’s chill, slow rhythm.
As the video progresses, the band is joined by a group of black-clad dancers who kind of remind us of the original video’s choreography, but take the song to another dimension entirely, one that is sexual and seductive, but also gender-neutral and romantic in a very different way. To put it simply, this cover by “Sons of an Illustrious Father” is exactly how I would’ve pictured a “Millennial” version of “Don’t Cha,” but it’s done even better than I could’ve imagined.
This cover is yet another example of Ezra Miller exploring his own identity and sexuality, and creating art that makes us think about our own. We love him because he is not afraid to try new things, push himself, and also celebrate himself in all his queer glory, even if that means alienating people who don’t get it. Thank you, Ezra, for being you and making this beautiful cover.