- The 2000s are
looking and sounding a lot like the 1980s
- By Chris Hansen
Orf, Get Out
- April 27, 2006
east valley tribune
- If you buried a
time capsule of'80s music in your backyard during the Reagan
era, dig it up now. It'll sound a lot like the music of the
The cyclical trends
of music and fashion-a pop culture rototiller that digs up the
past more often than a good lawyer, have circled back to the '80s,
when pop bands wore suits and funny haircuts, dropped danceable
backbeats down for the leftover '70s disco fans and fleshed out
their songs with healthy doses of synthesizers and effects-heavy
guitar tracks. Sounds like a pretty good description of popular
alternative band Bloc Party.
For those of us old enough to remember, it took most of the ’90s to
kill the musical aftertaste of the '80s, and for that we can thank
all those brooding Seattle bands in their ripped jeans, flannel
shirts and shaggy, regular-dude haircuts who ignited a glam backlash
that had metal bands cutting their hair (remember when Metallica cut
off their locks?) and new wave fans putting away the black lipstick
and eyeliner. Grunge is dead now, and today's popular bands are
looking backward to when looking like a rock star included spending
a half-hour in the green room with Miss Maybelline before hitting
the stage. In honor of Bloc Party hitting town, here is a guide to
pop culture's new New Wave.
Who they are: These Londoners are the most overtly political of the
new crop of new wavers, as on the band's new single “Helicopters,” a
thinly veiled Bush bash (''Just like his dad, just like his dad [the
same mistakes]/Some things will never be different'').
’80s band they sound like: Political post-punks Gang of Four
Who they are: The snappy-dressed New York combo owes a great debt to
Ian Curtis and Joy Division with their driving guitar and bass lines
and singer Daniel Kessler's baritone. Interpol has scored a few
alt-rock hits, such as''Slow Hands” and “Evil.''
'80s band they sound like: Joy Division. Totally.
Who they are: Spawned from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, The
Killers, led by outspoken singer Brandon Flowers, have scored a
couple of massive hits with the catchy ''Mr. Brightside'' and
''Somebody Told Me.'' '80s band they sound like: The Smiths,
especially Flowers, who can probably do Morrissey better than
anybody else in any Sin City karaoke bar.
Who they are: This New York band has been hammered mercilessly since
their 2005 debut, apparently for jumping on the new new wave
bandwagon, and fuel was thrown on the fire after it was learned the
band's singer, Sam Endicott, used to be in a ska band. The Bravery
have feuded with The Killers'Brandon Flowers, who called them
’'80s band they sound like: New Order
SHE WANTS REVENGE
Who they are: This L.A. duo composed of DJs Adam12 and Justin
Warfield are the latest bans to throw their synths onto the new new
wave bandwagon. Their debut single, ''Tear You Apart,'' currently
rocketing up the Modern Rock chart, is undeniably catchy. ’80s band
they sound like: Old-school Depeche Mode, Erasure and Joy Division.