The Vaccines’ Justin Young: ‘I want to be a woman’

Singer describes the thinking behind track from forthcoming album 'The Vaccines Come Of Age'

The Vaccines singer Justin Young has described the thinking behind forthcoming album track ‘I Wish I Was A Girl’.

Speaking in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now, or available digitally, the frontman said the track was inspired by wanting to be a woman.

“It starts off describing a woman’s beauty,” he says. “Then when the chorus kicks in you realise ‘I don’t want to fuck her, I want to be her’. I was wondering if being beautiful made life any easier. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t, but it’s something I was exploring.”

He added: “Say what you want about my lyrics, but I feel I’ve been quite brave on this record”.

Earlier this month (July 19), The Vaccines unveiled their new single ‘Teenage Icon’ and its accompanying music video. Scroll down to watch it.

The track is the second to be taken from the band’s hotly anticipated second album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’ and follows the release of ‘No Hope’. The album will be released on September 3.

The album has been produced by Ethan Johns, who has previously worked on albums by the likes of Kings Of Leon, Laura Marling and Tom Jones. It was recorded earlier this year.

Last month (June 22) the band offered fans a free live EP recorded in Brighton to download, featuring the tracks ‘Tiger Blood’, live favourite ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and their cover of R Stevie Moore’s ‘Why Should I Love You’. You can download the EP from

You can read NME‘s review of ‘Teenage Icon’ now at NME.COM.

The tracklisting for ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’ is as follows:

‘No Hope’
‘I Always Knew’
‘Teenage Icon’
‘All In Vain’
‘Ghost Town’
‘Aftershave Ocean’
‘Bad Mood’
‘Change Of Heart pt.2.’
‘I Wish I Was A Girl’
‘Lonely World’