The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.
And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.
There’s a fine line between homage and parody, and this ridiculous video below falls firmly on the side of homage.
The backstory: Upcoming film “Take Me Home Tonight” is a parody/homage to ‘80s teen comedies (”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” et al). It stars Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”) and Topher Grace, aka Eric from “That ‘70s Show” (who is now in danger of being typecast as “weird period piece dude”). To promo the film, Brooklyn rock band Atomic Tom (which rides the coattails of OK Go pretty hard) re-did Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” so that a music video could be created for it.
That music video, which is below, consists of the cast of “Take Me Home Tonight” reliving as many scenes as possible from classic ‘80s movies. Grace does a weirdly accurate Marty McFly impression, as well as some breakdancing. How’s your ‘80s movie knowledge? Can you guess ‘em all?
The fun gets started at 1:08, but it really picks up at 2:00.
Bonus question: Why don’t we have as many iconic movies as we used to? The ‘00s didn’t produce as many celluloid cultural touchstones as the ‘80s…