At her viral hit “abcdefu”, 17-year-old TikTok sensation Gayle launches an F-bomb tirade against a shady ex: “F—k you and your friends that I’ll never see again/Everybody but your dog, you can all f—k off.”
But she feared that her swearing would upset her grandmother. “When I played this song to my grandmother, I was so nervous,” Gayle told the Post. “And, you know, she told me that when I was 17 I could say all the things she never could. And that really put things in a different perspective [about] a woman who is downright angry with a man.”
Following Grandma’s seal of approval, abcdefu has become a cathartic, liberating anthem for the weary young woman. The pop-punk single is at #3 this week Billboard Hot 100generated excitement for Gayle’s debut EP, A Study of the Human Experience Volume One, out March 18. And just days later, the Dallas-born, Nashville, Tennessee-based singer — whose full name is Taylor Gayle Rutherford — will perform two sold-out shows Quicksilver Lounge on March 21st and 22nd.
The fiery rage in abcdefu was fueled by Gayle’s pent-up emotions after a real breakup. “I went through that relationship where I never got angry. Even if they didn’t treat me well, I would ignore it and just focus on the good parts because I felt an obligation to that person,” she said. “And then we broke up and I really tried to be friends with him. I actually thought we had achieved a decent place.”
But after Gayle found out her ex “talked shit about me,” she was done playing nice.
“I was angry,” she said. “It all came out at once. And it came out kind of extreme, like, ‘F—k you and your mom and your sister and your job.’ Because there are so many things I never told him that I hate… All bets were void.”
Growing up, Gayle was a fan of CeeLo Green’s 2010 hit “F—k You” – or at least the censored “Forget You” version. “I actually remember wanting to sing this song for a talent show,” she said. “I think I was about 9 or 10. My mom said, ‘No! You can’t do that!’ But when it came to ‘abc’, to be honest…I didn’t really think about that song.”
While she began singing country music, Gayle’s childhood hero was the Queen of Soul. “The person who inspired me to do music in the first place was Aretha Franklin,” she said. “I [discovered] her when I was about 7 and I was just hooked. I mean, I just loved her soul.”
Gayle later discovered female rockers like Joan Jett and Courtney Love, but it was another influential woman — a songwriter and former American Idol judge Kara Dio Guardi – which would prove instrumental in their development.
“I wouldn’t be the writer I am without her,” Gayle said. “She’s mentored me and my songwriting and really inspired me to dig deeper and be more vulnerable in my songs and really fight for my art… It’s been really great to have a powerful, badass woman to help me and support me.” inspired.”
Now Gayle is part of a wave of young female artists, including Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo, who are open to anything Mental health to sex – a topic that appeals to her new single “You’re just awesome.”
“That’s just the reality of teenagers,” she said. “Acknowledging that helps people feel less alone.”
And Gayle — who graduated from high school in 2020 — doesn’t care if she might be a bad influence on some kids with “abcdefu.”
“I’m not worried,” she said. “I’ll probably laugh very cynically when the kindergarten kids of this world sing ‘ABCDEF-U’ instead of ‘ABCs’.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/11/f-yeah-meet-foul-mouthed-new-teen-sensation-gayle/ TikTok star Gayle on her hit “abcdefu”: “I was mad”