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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Over & Over

posted by on April 23 at 16:20 PM

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.

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i didn't know people didn't like that song

that's one of the four off that new one i listen to. i think it's a great song nd i'm angry at myself for not going to this concert

Posted by ndrwmtsn | April 23, 2008 7:10 PM
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yeah. "wrestlers" is the song I've listened to the most on Made in the Dark.

Posted by josh | April 23, 2008 9:20 PM

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