Storm And Her Dirty Mouth Star Dazzles On ‘America’s Got Talent’
Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, when Willie Brown was cashing in on live-work lofts going up all over SoMa to set the stage for the gentrification and displacement crisis of today, now-defunct nightclubs like The Trocadero and Paradise Lounge stages would host a sort of lounge/punk rock band called Storm and Her Dirty Mouth. Vocalist Storm Large has since left SF for Portland, where she is the sometimes-singer for the jazz orchestra Pink Martini. But Tuesday night, Storm Large turned up in a big way again, with a dynamite appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
“It’s my real name, yeah” Storm Large told the judges, before belting out an impressive rendition “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Storm Large is technically her real name (and her birthday is a week from Friday!), as her full birth name is Susan Storm Large. But any reasonable person would go by their middle name in that situation, especially if they were an aspiring rock star.
She may be best known for the viral video hit “8 Miles Wide” seen above, known for its catchy chorus “My vagina is 8 miles wide.” The song actually has its roots here in San Francisco.
“When I was in San Francisco, there was a contest to open for the Lilith Fair,” she said in an interview with Las Vegas Weekly. “The criticism I got for my demo was, I was too aggressive, the music was too aggressive to open the Lilith Fair. And I was like, ‘That’s the most hypocritical thing I’ve ever heard, but whatever. Fuck you.” It’s a women’s festival, but you want them to be all vaginal and menstrual and sing about their fuckin’ heart. That’s incredibly sexist and limited, so I started to make fun of womanly music. And so it’s a joke. But it became a hit.”
Storm’s appearance got a ‘Yes’ vote from all four America’s Got Talent judges, so she is able to move on to the next round. We are not generally fans of America’s Got Talent, so we have no idea how any of this works, but we’d def tune in to see Storm again.