Sunday, September 27, 2009

House Cleaning, Italo Disco, and a new found love for Glass Candy

Earlier this morning, or what I like to consider morning since it was before brunch, Mary and I were cleaning the house in preparation. Those of you who have known me over the years understand that keeping a clean house has never been one of my strong points. I admit, I'm a bit of a slob, but it is a cycle I would be more than happy to break. Anyway, when I clean, I like to listen to something on Pandora that pumps me up. Sometimes it's black metal. Sometimes it's gangsta rap. It could be anything, and this morning it happened to be Giorgio Moroder and other related artists. So it was definitely and italo disco kind of morning.

As cheesy as it is, I love italo. There is just something pure, robotic, and uber-80's about European electro from the post-Studio 54 dance music days. I love how italo combines the best cheese from the discoverse with the most kick ass synthetic sounds all rolled into one shiny,eurotrash package. It truly is a magnificent sound to clean house to. If you are asking yourself "what the fuck is he talking about?", go here. I actually visited the wiki this morning, as my obsessive-compulsive behavior dictates I do when something peaks my interested, to surprisingly find it had been updated. Not only did I get my standard history of the form of music, I got the added bonus of a list of modern artists influenced by italo. Too my surprise, I recognised some of the band names from the wayback days when I had a art/noise/avante rock obsession. One of the bands that popped up was Glass Candy.

As I said, when I first heard Glass Candy years ago, their sound was chaotic and noisy. And by noise, I don't mean loud. I mean "noise" as in playing with feedback to a point most would consider not listenable. To get an idea of what I'm saying, here's a video:

I'm sure you get a the idea. At one time, noise rock was something I swore up and down by. In my old age, my taste has become slightly more refined. I prefer Morricone over Merzbow these days. That being said, over time I stopped paying attention to Glass Candy. So when there name popped up on the modern-italo list, I had to do further research. To my utter surprise, this is what I found:

Italo-tastic!!!! It was nice to see that Glass Candy has also refined their sound over time. With current trend in "hip" indie these days, I'm not really surprised. Danceable is what the kids are into, unfortunately I find most of it to be garbage. Not so much with Glass Candy. I must say they I cannot wait to pick-up some of their newer material, and probably some of the bands that are on their label, Italians Do It Better.

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