The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

More "She Wants Revenge" Fodder

It looks like I can officially give up my last little dregs of fascination for them.

Salon posted this:
She Wants Revenge, "She Wants Revenge"

New Los Angeles group She Wants Revenge might sound like they fit the hot new band template, or at least the hot new band template from three years ago: "A retro goth-pop duo that out-Interpols Interpol," as Rolling Stone (three stars out of five) calls them. But this isn't singer Justin Warfield's first attempt at riding the pop music zeitgeist. Indeed, this would be the same Justin Warfield who first appeared in 1993 as a Prince Paul-produced, "daisy age"-inspired rapper (on "My Field Trip to Planet 9") and resurfaced a couple of years later with "The Justin Warfield Supernaut," an album of Lenny Kravitz-esque faux '70s guitar jams.

So, has Warfield finally hit on a winning formula with She Wants Revenge's eponymous debut? The record certainly has its influences carefully mapped out, at least according to Rolling Stone, which finds the band "deploying snippets of Joy Division, Bauhaus, the Cure and other dark New Wave acts with a precision that borders on parody." But while Rolling Stone concludes that She Wants Revenge "steal from the best, and steal well," others are less than convinced. The San Francisco Chronicle (three out of five) calls the group "the made-for-TV version of Joy Division, channeling the darkness without any of the enlightenment," while the New York Times says that "She Wants Revenge" is "all very retro and atmospheric, but so contrived that it's hard to take too seriously."

"'She Wants Revenge' could have been the best the album of 1983," observes Newsday (Grade B), nailing the issue for many critics. "The problem, of course, is that [it] didn't come out 23 years ago. It's here now … you can't help but wonder why they've done it."


Fine, I'll say it. I was wrong. I fell for it. However, now I'm trying to make up for it by getting the word out.

8 Comments:

At 1/31/2006 10:53 AM, Blogger pop renaissance said...

justin warfield's "bug powder dust" from his rap days is FANTASTIC.

she wants revenge, however, is pure regurgitation - great for baby birds, disgusting to everyone else.

 
At 1/31/2006 11:16 AM, Blogger fulsome said...

I never heard (or don't think I did anyways) the previous incarnations. I was just impressed by his three attempts to jump into the spotlight of the moment. I kind of liked their first single and so now I must atone for my sins.

It was just super-dark disco. I needed a fix and there it was. So sorry.

 
At 1/31/2006 12:46 PM, Blogger Chuckles said...

That's what you get for always trying to fix things! Why can't you just be happy being broken!?

WAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAH!

You don't LOVE me anymore, do you?

 
At 1/31/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

Look, you two boys need to keep your love zipped up over here. It makes Nacho dude uncomfortable given how he and Pop are too busy lusting over me and NOT Chuckie cakes.

 
At 1/31/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

Oh, was I not supposed to say that?

 
At 1/31/2006 6:18 PM, Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

Nacho, there is an add for your little Butterstick on pandagon.net. Stop by and say hello to Jedmunds for me!

 
At 2/01/2006 1:37 PM, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

You know, I do believe I once did a hungover, poorly written panning of them. Yes, that's right, I did.

 
At 2/02/2006 7:01 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

So, does this mean I shouldn't go see them when they play the Black Cat in DC?

 

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