Temperatures are sure to be rising over this pop anthem alteration.
Horny dance-floor classic “It’s Raining Men” — made legendary by the Weather Girls in 1983 — is the latest pop culture classic to get the gender-neutral treatment: Transgender recording artist Mila Jam is aiming to make the tune more inclusive by updating the title and lyrics to “It’s Raining Them.”
“God bless Mother Nature, she’s a single woman too” — the iconic line belted out by disco and R&B icons Martha Wash and Izora Armstead — is among the lyrical alterations. Instead, 32-year-old Jam’s heavily synthesized voice sings a nonbinary, “God bless Mother Nature, they’re a single person too.”
However, other lyrical attempts to promote a message of universal empowerment might come off as a little watered down to some long-time “It’s Raining Men” fans: “Tall, blond, dark and lean, rough and tough and strong and mean” has been updated to “cool, bold, strong and keen, proud and loud and here and seen.”
Jam said in a blog statement that “it’s an honor to perform ‘It’s Raining Them,’ ” which was released on the music streaming app Deezer in celebration of World Pride Month, with streaming revenue generated over the next year earmarked to benefit the charity Gendered Intelligence.
“For all artists in the LGBTQ+ community I believe the future is ours, it’s now, and we must shine,” Jam added. “We haven’t always been in this position, so I think it’s important that we tell our stories and make some good out of it. I really hope this record helps more of my siblings feel included.”
Perhaps in response to any naysayers out there, Jam concluded: “We’ve always been here, we aren’t going anywhere, and we must continue to dance.”
Reps for Martha Wash did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment about the remake of her biggest hit. The legendary voice is notoriously protective of her music, having sued to be acknowledged as the pipes behind hits like “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory and “Everybody Everybody” by Black Box.
Jam’s timely redux is just the latest in the legacy of the composition by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer (yes, of David Letterman show fame), which earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group in 1983. VH1 would later rank “It’s Raining Men” at No. 35 in the network’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs in 2000 — as well as charting them at No. 35 on the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s ranking in 2009.
By 2014, the adopted — albeit unofficial — gay anthem inspired a successful Facebook campaign to launch the song back into the Top 40 charts (it peaked at 22). In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine placed the song on its 25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs list. Billboard followed suit in 2018 by ranking it at No. 47 in its 50 Best Gay Anthems Of All Time — propelling the song to the No. 1 slot of Spotify’s Rewind chart.
Meanwhile, the singer of the 2001 cover of “It’s Raining Men” is showing some support. The track was an international hit for Geri Horner (then Halliwell, or Ginger Spice of The Spice Girls), who recently endorsed the new non-binary rendition.
“He, she, them — whatever your pronouns may be,” Horner, 49, said, Metro reported. “Everyone is welcome. Great job @themilajam.”