Friday, December 16, 2011

I Can See Your Eyes (Or — The Inside of Lisa Turtle’s Brain)

The combination of work and yuletide toil has me worn down to the point that I’m heading to bed at 10:30 on a Friday night, which ranks as the yikesiest sign of encroaching adulthood yet. But before I finish this week, I’ll offer one desperate attempt at coolness: a song that collapses the cultural distance between the 80s and whatever we’re calling our cool kid culture now. (Personally, I vote for “the acid reflux version of 80s nostalgia.”)


It’s “Eyes” by the Italian band Clio, which sexily straddled the divide between disco and new wave but whose admirable artistic efforts apparently didn’t render them worthy of a Wikipedia page. The VHS-tastic, Saved by the Bell-on-an-acid trip video might look all radically Ray Ban-popping, but’s contemporary, though you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise. I’m especially taken with this band for the way they sound so very now — sort of like a French take on CSS’s sound — despite the fact that this song came out in 1984. Personally, I can’t stop listening to it.

Regarding the video specifically: glam but borderline nightmarish, right?

7 comments:

  1. Oddly enough, they remind me of these old Japanese Renown fashion advertisements that the internet has been so kind to introduce me to. You can see an example here: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K3Tm-b2TXo) or see the video that introduced the commercials to me that is set to Sonic 2 music, look here: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQbReeKrDjc). It loops after a minute or two, so watch as much as you want. He's also got some other good pop-culture stuffed videos if you're interested.

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  2. Wow. I shudder to think what kind of clothes that commercial was actually advertising. Any idea who those twins are?

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  3. Also, it's not so odd: One of the scenes from the latter video is actually repurposed directly for the video I posted above.

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  4. After a bit of searching, it seems like the twins are the UK girl group "Blonde on Blonde," whom Wikipedia seems to ignore. Search for "Blonde on Blonde - Whole Lotta Love" on YouTube if you want to hear them sing a real song. I'd put up a link but it's trickier on a mobile device. It's kinda weird that they sound so "screechy" in the commercial but pleasant for their record.

    I thought that clip was directly lifted, but it's nice to get confirmation.

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  5. Hey this is my video - and I was inspired to make it, just as you said, because I was totally enraptured by the song. I'm very happy to see a post about it, and I think your blog is awesome!

    More of my work can be found on http://vimeo.com/smoothsailor

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    1. Dude, thanks for the comment. And thanks especially for making the video. Any other italo disco tracks you can recommend?

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    2. You should check out http://vivaitalodisco.com
      It's a really impressive collection of great and obscure italo tracks. Plus they have the gorgeous original artwork, and all the songs are up for download.

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