Lana Del Rey‘s “Gods and Monsters” has joined the ranks of outcasts of American Horror Story: Freak Show. When the FX series shared an early trailer set to New York singer/songwriter and The Voice alumna Melanie Martinez’s “Carousel,” the warped glamour brought to mind Del Rey. Ahead of the October 8 season premiere, show creator Ryan Murphy hinted that one of the episodes would show Jessica Lange, who plays ringmistress Elsa Mars, singing a Del Rey song.
Since then, Freak Show has had enough musical numbers for a Baz Luhrmann-ified version of Murphy’s other show Glee. Lange sings David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” in the premiere, while Sarah Paulson, as conjoined sisters Bette and Dot Tattler, does Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” in episode two. Del Rey’s turn came in last night’s Halloween-themed show, and you can watch or listen below as Lange gives a performance of the life-imitates-art mission statement, originally from 2012′s Paradise EP, that underscores how distinctive Del Rey’s songs can be even without her signature smoky voice. Wes Bentley (American Beauty, The Hunger Games) has a non-singing guest role.
Murphy has mentioned getting approval from Frances Bean Cobain, so stay tuned for a potential Nirvana AHS: Freak Show Nirvana cover. Maybe Kathy Bates’s mysterious accent on the show meant to be a special Aberdeen, Washington variant?