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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Girls - Lust For Life video (XXX edit)

(Fantasytrashcan 2009)

By Joe Nockles




Girls are a band from San Francisco who probably aren’t gay. That's pretty cool. They’ve also released a bizarre, but ultimately charming, album which appears to have a ridiculously broad palate of inspiration despite being co-written by Christopher Owens; a guy raised in the smothering confines of the Children of God cult in California with a huge wall between his community and the modern secular world of popular culture. That's very very cool. Album track Big Bad Mean Mother Fucker somehow embodies the greatness of The Beach Boys and the lo-fi production of Broken Social Scene. It's really cool.

Even cooler than that, they've slyly released an X-rated video to accompany their debut single Lust For Life against thier record labels wishes. Despite the title giving a nod to Iggy Pop, the track is definately indie-pop and it's sure to have winkle pickers tapping on sticky floors throughout the western hemisphere. Unfortunately, Girls’ record label, Fantasytrashcan, demanded they return to the editing room and create a safe-for-MTV version (as if MTV would ever play something so brilliant?). Luckily for you, CONglamourART welcomes artistry in pop music so we’ll ignore this silly act of business sense on the record label's part and only accept the not-safe-for-work version complete with 8 boobs, 1 side-boob, a couple of naked boys putting on make-up, girls playing with marker pens and an erect cock-cum-microphone. Hoorah!

The fact is, this is a brilliant video. It’s beautiful. It's all made to look like a super-8 montage, matching the classic sound of the recording perfectly and any intelligent observer can see that the nudity becomes completely unimportant once you realise just how much fun the actors are having. It’s rare to see smiles on camera that are this genuine. The bell ends or boobs in shot always come second to the romance and humour that is constantly on show. The highlight is undeniably when "quiffed gay boy" uses "dark haired gay boy’s" member as microphone. It’s genius.

Here at CONglamourART towers, we’ve got Girls’ album (which incidentally is titled Album, those kooky kids) on repeat and this writer’s relationship with his phallus has been irreparably challenged.

2 comments:

  1. i swear that guy putting blusher on at the beginning was will...however, by the end he was not will, so we must assume i was wrong from the start, which is usually a near impossibility.
    that video and song are wicked!!
    i also like that you have used the word "member" in your writing. i aspire to this =oD
    xxx

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  2. Despite your apprehensions concerning this review, it to me reads like one of your finest efforts yet, dahling? Exuberant, cocksure, informed, 'really cool'.

    I love you.xoo

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