Thursday, August 7, 2008

Remember when...

Remember when the majority of the music played at "Indie Dance" nights across the state, maybe country, was comprised mostly of "Indie" bands? Mainly those bands that had great success during the early part of the decade, hoping to tend to the fire of 80's new wave or dance punk appeal. You couldn't step into a club from 2002 to 2006 during an Indie Night without hearing folks like; The Rapture, Hot Hot Heat, The Strokes, Bloc Party, Interpol, Electric Six, The Faint, etc etc etc...

Their tunes burrowed into the deep reaches of your head, regions reserved for carnal instinct, baser movements and id-riddled function. Perverted places you once thought to be secret, alas though, 5 pieces from across the globe had made their way through and began to boil in your festering skullpot. There, finding your inner rhythm core, they would lay their brood of poppy puppeteer parasites - designed to make you shake your rock leg to the beat, throw your palms up to the sides and sweat your drunk into high gear.

We all fell victim to this plague and we liked it. With that being the case and many marketing schemers seeing an in, more and more bands of this ilk began popping up everyday. And the effects began to show. It seemed that slowly dance nights started to take a different turn, that somewhere between saying "Fuck a little bitch named Mr. Brightside" and "I swear to Christ, if I hear 'Take Me Out' one more time someone is getting cock punched," tides began to shift and kids starting enjoying more of the electro, house and club influenced cultures (yay for me).

Soon enough, many of the bands mentioned above began to trail off - some have not been heard from since, some have gone onto other projects, others have made releases that haven't garnered much excitement. It seemed like the era of throwback dance band-centric nights was almost dead, replaced by laptops and midi controllers armed by masked DJ duos. Recently though, era favorites The Faint have began to make a stir about the webs after four years of laying low, odds are recovering from their lackluster last album. It seems like them Nebraska boys are being embraced by today's remix culture and have been getting reworks of their latest single "The Geeks Were Right" made all over the place. This is not a case of undeserved attention though, the song is a pleasure to move to in my opinion. Hopefully the album, Fasciinatiion, will be a relative success.

Here are two mixes by Does It Offend You, Yeah? and one with Boys Noize vs. D.I.M., as well as the original.

The Faint - The Geeks Were Right.mp3

The Faint - The Geeks Were Right (DIOYY Remix).mp3

The Faint - The Geeks Were Right (Boys Noize vs D.I.M. Remix).mp3

-Manley, Himself

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