So I'm busy for a few days and StEtienne are everywhere. Talk about small revolutions! Now, I personally loved the SET because they really recalled some lost disco melodies namely from the girlband The Flirts. The band, which changed their members more than the Sugababes, came straight outta New York and have dictated the sound of the city we commonly attribute to Cyndi Lauper, Blondie and now the Scissor Sisters. Before the Go-Go Girls, before Bananarama, before Toto Cuelo and before Strawberry Switchblade you had the Flirts. Their importance to the current pop music scene should never be underplayed. Put them up there with Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode.
When I play their music I get stinking whiffs of the Meatpacking district with its backwash gay discos, fashion maestros strutting down some lost alley like it was the catwalks of Milan, the orgasmic cries of $2 crack whores and Madonna creeping in the background taking it all down in her notebook called "world dominination". This area of New York has since turned into the place to relocate to after most of the wasteland developed into trendy lofts. However I imagine the disco stiletto heels of The Flirts can still be heard clicking away behind some dumpster and their thumping electro baselines probably shape the air the second the clock hits midnight. As you can see they also created a certain performance that many put down as originating from drag queens...
The Flirts sound was hi-NRG/synth-pop that would soon be cheapened and stolen by the British girlband Bananarama. Not only did the knock-off "Flirts" consist of three girls with similar radical styles but they also had audacity to claim they were the pioneers of the hardbase girlpop attitude that we see all the time in acts of today such as Girls Aloud, Spice Girls and PussyCat Dolls. Well tonight its my job to piss on that myth.
Produced by Bobby Orlando, their music has been totally ripped off yet the copycats have never quite achieved the same brilliance of the originals. When they did cover other greats such as Dusty and Divine(yes him) they always improved on the original. The tracks picked hopefully illustrates their electropop/discoRock fierceness. Passion sounds like a cross between a Kylie/Scissor Sisters collaboration, a St Etienne demo and a Gwen Stefani no.1 single. JukeBox sounds somewhat like girlie tribute to the Swedish poprock band Melody Club, The Killers and Blondie.
Posted by Robpop at Sunday, October 01, 2006