Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Enjoy the buzzing wires and the rot inside

The Members, Working Girl
Bad Manners, Bad Manners
James Chance & the Contortions, White Cannibal
The Make-Up, Destination: Love: Live! at Cold Rice

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"Working Girl" was the best song on MTV way back when

The Members, "Working Girl"

but have y'all heard their new-wave-reggae take on Kraftwerk's "The Model" before? Me either. For my money, "The Model" is not Kraftwerk's finest hour, but people sure like re-doing it, and the Members might be the best, as it were.

Bad Manners, for all the bluster of their ska image, or at least that of their front-clown Buster Bloodvessel, were sort of pop geniuses. For the record (sorry.) I like these kinds of videos very much.

Bad Manners, "Walkin' in the Sunshine"

James Chance is the opposite, a guy who unravels a pop song to display the buzzing wires and the rot inside. Enjoy! Here he saps all the irony out of James Brown's drug allegory.

James Chance & the Contortions, "King Heroin" + "Contort Yourself"

I want my band to sound like this all night long.

The Make-Up, "They Live By Night"

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