Back in 2012, one of the stand-out moments (of which there were many) in the first follow-up tale to FX’s American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Asylum, was when Jessica Lange turned the awesome dial to eleven as she belted out a rendition of Shirley Ellis’ classic track, “The Name Game”. The scene was so memorable, in fact, that many fans were left dismayed when realizing the next season, American Horror Story: Coven, wouldn’t feature any ludicrous moments of Constance breaking out into song. However, though our desires to hear Lange were unfulfilled last year, showrunner Ryan Murphy has announced coyly via twitter that Lange will belt once again in the upcoming season of the hit anthology drama. And the artist choice is certainly an interesting one:
@ttbradley Tina, don't be afraid! The clown is scary, true. But don't you wanna see Jessica Lange sing a Lana Del Rey song?
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) October 1, 2014
Of course now the question moves to two quandaries:
2) In what context will this possibly take place?
We could spend hours pondering which track we want to see Lange break into on the show, but what strikes as more interesting is how it will happen. In Asylum, the musical number occurred as a result of Judy’s electroshock therapy, and it took a reminder of her own name to be snapped out of it. It’s hard to imagine any kind of electro-shock treatment happening in Freak Show, but perhaps a drug induced musical number is in store, perhaps a performance with all the freaks working to entertain a bored crowd. There’s a lot of spooky potential for this one, especially given the fact that Del Rey already channeled her inner zombie for her infamously lifeless SNL performance.
American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres October 8 at 10/9c on FX.
What Del Rey song do you want to see Jessica Lange cover? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter.