The Swedes are at it again, except instead of universal pop they’re tackling bratty punk rock. Dolores Haze might look like yet another all-girl punk band with dark eyeliner and press photos full of them scowling at the camera, but Dolores Haze is clearly aware of that. Their track “Crazy About Me” is a meta form of self-parody where they mock the attention, the glory, and the praise. Even on their Facebook page they describe themselves as “infamous” and “highly overrated.” Not only do they beat music journalists to the punch, their cocky sense of self-deprecation makes them even more alluring. It’s pretty ingenious when you think about it.
And if the band’s wink-wink-nudge-nudge cheekiness isn’t enough, their debut album The Hazie Is Forever is available for download on Friday the 13th. Maybe just a coincidence? Doubt it.
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It’s hard to condense everything that makes up Liz Suburbia’s Sacred Heart into a short review. On the surface it’s a love letter to grungy garage punk-rock and the frenetic energy of small town youth. It’s also about faith, alienation, longing, fear, family, fanaticism, sex, murder, self-doubt, and monsters of both the fantastical and all-too real variety.
Surly and pragmatic Ben Schiller is growing up in the literal teenage wasteland of Alexandria.What at first glance appears to be an unremarkable if ramshackle American town is in fact home to a host of dark secrets, perhaps the most troubling being the mystery of why no one seems to be older than 18.
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German punk icon and hair inspiration Nina Hagen was a bit like the Marilyn Manson of the ’80s. With crazy hair, garish makeup, and outlandish performances, her schtick often distracted people from her talent and intellect. And maybe it’s for that reason that I find this old 1985 interview with David Letterman hilarious. He spends the majority of the interview obsessing over her hair extensions, which apparently was an alien concept back in the ’80s. The interview starts off awkward, with Letterman being his usual outdated self, but turns hilarious when Nina begins humoring him with her sharp quips.
Although I’ve never been a fan of Nina’s music, I’ve always respected her as a Strong Female Icon™ and love that she brought a glam, punk attitude to the masses. Oh, and if you stick toward the end of the video (cause I know you guys have short attention spans) you’ll be treated to a delightful story about–what else?–UFOs.
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