Last Night Over & Over
posted by April 23 at 16:20 PMon
I can’t stop (won’t stop) talking about Hot Chip. You know how to scroll if you’re over it. Some critics were pretty harsh on the song “Wrestlers” off of Made In The Dark; I thought it was kind of insubstantial but wouldn’t skip past it or anything. But last night, I realized that “Wrestlers” grapples with (sorry) one of the things that I find so engaging about Hot Chip, which is the way they examine culture and cultural distance and authenticity and appropriation. The song, with its litany of wrestling moves veering into Willie Nelson namecheck, is a jokey macho boast, along the lines of “I’ve got an M-16” or “Hot Chip will break your legs.” And it acknowledges its own absurdity, when Alexis Taylor plaintively sings, “I learned all I know from watching wrestling,” it’s extra funny because, of course (sorry, Nathaniel), wrestling is itself a fake fight. Hot Chip are wrestlers. Hot Chip can rap. Hot Chip have soul. Hot Chip are for real.