Easton lady seeks gay man for dancing and good times

Prince's consort no more: The artist formerly known as Sheena Easton has shed her '80s image in a bid for a slice of Kylie's pie.

by Jane Rocca

It didn't take much to establish Scotland's Sheena Easton as the flavor of the month in 1980 with her hit single Nine to Five, even if it did have to be renamed Morning Train to avoid confusing it with Dolly Parton's 9 to 5.

The song was about a bored housewife who waited for her lover to come home after work. Now Easton is moving in on the gay club scene with a covers album called Fabulous and there's nothing pots and pans about it.

The 42-year-old mother of two adopted children, Skylar and Jake, has reinvented herself. No longer the infatuated lover waiting for her man, she's turned to a gay disco beat for instant gratification.

Easton describes Fabulous which she launched at London's Gay nightclub, which has also hosted similar events by Kylie Minogue and Geri Halliwell as a “no brainer” that contains her favorite '70s and '80s songs, including Never Can Say Goodbye and Don't Leave Me This Way.

“We all know that 80 per cent of the best dance clubs in any city are gay clubs,” says Easton. “I know I have a huge gay following and this record is aimed at the club crowd, I won't deny that.”

Easton flirts with a camp theme in her video clip Giving Up, Giving In and says it's fun. “It's a tongue-in-cheek, nod and a wink sense of humor,” she says.

Whether Easton can push Kylie Minogue's bum cheeks aside to become the new gay diva remains to be seen. Unlike Kylie's Lolita-esque girly charm, Easton is caught somewhere between a baby doll seductiveness and don't-mess-with-me businesswoman stance. It's ironic and playful and all about chasing the gay dollar.

Easton is not one for the nuclear family unit either: three failed marriages finds the single mum splitting her time between rearing kids in LA, doing cartoon voice-overs on the Nickelodeon channel and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

She's about to finish a 12-month stint on stage in David Cassidy's Las Vegas show At The Copa and hopes to come to Sydney for the annual Mardi Gras this month.

She says the deal is about 75per cent secured. “It's very close to happening,” she says. “I am a mum now and I don't want to be away for two months straight when I tour so what we're trying to do is get me there for Mardi Gras and come home and then do Europe and Japan later.”

Credible though she may be now, there's no hiding some of Easton's more embarrassing moments of being an '80s pop star. Who could forget the duet she did with Kenny Rogers in 1983 called We've Got Tonight?

Luckily a year later Prince wrote a song for her called Sugar Walls. Its sexually explicit lyrics ensured it became one of the most-talked-about songs that year.

In 1987 she reteamed with Prince for the chart topper U Got The Look, which he wrote about her.

“All of my ego gratification took place when I was young,” says Easton of those heady days. “It was fun and fast. Prince used to call me up 3am in the morning and invite me to hear some of his new songs.

“When you're single and in your twenties you throw on a pair of jeans and look fabulous and go to the studio to meet him. But we haven't talked for four years now. If we were in the same room at the same time we'd pick up where we left off, but if he called me at 3am in the morning, I don't care if it is a duet he wants to do, I am not going down there. Life has changed.”