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?

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