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I actually really like Hot Hot Hot! (great drug song) and Just Like Heaven is a stone cold classic in my book, but I stand by my opinion that The Top is severely underrated. I’ve gotten obsessed with it more than once, most notably during an acid trip. The live stuff from that era is among my favorite. Andy Anderson brought a certain presence to the band never seen again (not saying he was better or worse than any other drummer, but different). Unfairly maligned when compared to the rest of their 80s output. I tell people it’s like The Head on the Door’s demented cousin.
Looks like a playlist complied from those “Best of the 80s” mixes you see on late night infomercials. Honestly surprised to see Flock of Seagulls absent from this list. Aren’t we far enough away from the 80s at this point to sort of disregard some/much/many of these songs and get into some of the deeper cuts and more obscure bands? Did we really need yet another 80s list with “Pretty in Pink” or “Tainted Love” on it? The NME is like the People magazine of music rags.
The fact that the Strokes came from privileged backgrounds was always an inescapable part of their story, and Julian Casablancas was still addressing the issue around the time his solo album came out. I think the difference between them and Lana Del Rey is that some people seem to feel that Lana Del Rey smacks of prepackaged culture and marketing, while the Strokes, privileged as they were, did pay their dues live and honed their craft. “Is This It” is universally critically acclaimed and helped rekindle interest in garage rock (remember the “The” band explosion early last decade?). “Born to Die” just isn’t going to have the same amount of impact; you said it yourself, it’s nothing new, but you personally find it entertaining. I think people are finding it easier to dismiss as a result.
That’s not to say the Strokes or the White Stripes or whoever invented garage rock, but at the time there was a perceived shortage of “real rock” available on the radio. The Strokes, the Stripes, et al tapped into something at the right time and it caught on. I don’t think it’s the same for Lana Del Rey; there are always going to be mindless pop available, and she doesn’t seem to have an all-important gimmick going for her beyond her origin story, which seems to be working against her. She’s pretty, but Katy Perry seems to be giving people more of what they want (literally), and maybe she’s a bit quirky, but again, Lady Gaga has her beat. Perhaps there’s nothing else to latch onto except the tunes, which (and I haven’t heard anything except “Born to Die” and I don’t really remember it, so I’m not judging) apparently aren’t all too noteworthy.
In any case, I’d get used to this sort of hype from now on. It’s not just cable news anymore; we’re all on a 24 hour cycle of news and pop culture, constantly looking for the next big thing. Things come and go faster than ever before. In that sense, she couldn’t have picked (or have had picked for her, as may be the case) a better album title than “Born to Die.”
ME STRAIGHT MAN. ME NEED TO REMIND EVERYONE OF HOW STRAIGHT ME AM BY CONSTANTLY COMMENTING HOW ME WOULD TOTALLY WRECK HOT CHICK. ME GOING TO EAT A WHOLE BAG OF TOTINOS PIZZA ROLLS AND BEAT ME CHEST.
This is great. The first one had some great pop tunes on it, but this has more to offer in every way. Better hooks, trippier electronics, better production, etc.
Not everyone who listens to this band is a “hipster,” “hipster” hate is extremely old and played out, and if you want other people to die over differing tastes in music/culture, you might be better off compromising and just killing yourself instead.