The Looks

Last Gang
Reviewed by: Jeff Siegel
Reviewed on: 2006-08-02

Posted 08/02/2006 - 12:09:13 PM by Utica5:
 Thank you very much for this indictment of the re-cool-ing of 80's dance music. I think much of the momentum that the movement finds itself with is the result of a very effective hype machine over at pitchfork. When I was growing up, you know, in the 90's, the 80's were the standard decade to make fun of, due mostly to the gaudy clothes and terrible synthesizer music. But my generation's just got to be so damn big on irony that the thing from the past we make cool is gaudy clothes and bad synths. I think I've gotten over the fact that, by now, tv has made us pretty bad at inventing culture. But if we have to steal, can't we just steal from black culture like middle class whites always used to? What I mean to say is, 80's dance music and the whole electro-clash revival thing sucks.
Posted 08/02/2006 - 01:58:43 PM by sovietpanda:
 I like your review. But by your logic, wouldn't the hipsters' parents have been too old during the 80's to have "parents' cool"? I know my parents didn't listen to much of anything that I like from the 80s.
Posted 08/12/2006 - 03:56:26 PM by NickRave:
 When some people hear synths and vocoders they immediately think "80ies". While I agree that this album is mediocre at best, it has nothing to do with its points of reference which are the 70ies (italo-disco), 80ies (New Wave) and 90ies (disco house). "The Looks" is a flat stab at tapping into the Daft Punk vibe - the 80ies revival you're describing sounds like Electroclash to me, which was more than two years ago. I get the feeling that your whole rant against the 'cool' kids is yet another lazy writer trying to seem clever by identifying and putting down an elusive, if not non-existent segment, that you feel threatened by because you're a nerd. Do your homework.