tired of being sexy

This song is catchy. So catchy, in fact, that it’s the only thing that’s been stuck in my head for the last three days. I stumbled across it by perusing MTV2 OnDemand’s Rock section (where you can also catch Diamond Nights and Tapes n Tapes) and fell immediately in love. Something about electronic dance beats and Brazilians in bad 80s fashion just does it for me apparently.

The Song
I like that there’s a lot going on. The fact that it’s super-repetitive makes it listenable. The drums and bass lay down a relatively simple base to build on. On top of it guitars, a whistly-synth, and the lyrics compete for your attention. Then out of nowhere comes a breakdown with a driving pulse punctuated by what sounds like the warning buzz of a truck backing up. Then it’s back to the same poppy dance goodness that is the melody.

The lyrics are charmingly delivered by Lovefoxxx in a softened English that perfectly fits her child-like appearance. This, combined with the racy-but-not-quite subject matter, embodies their name — the Portuguese ‘Cansei de Ser Sexy’ = ‘Tired of Being Sexy’.

The Video
All good. I don’t think there’s anything I don’t like about it. Except for maybe the mustachioed man, but that’s just due to my general aversion to facial hair. Some things I particularly like:

+ the awesome 80s fashion
+ the layered skyline
+ the mix of film + cutouts
+ the sweet dance moves
+ the DFA1979 tribute via drum, bass, and elephant masks and subsequent cameo by the band
+ the idea that everything is kind of shaky and out of control until people get together and love

After watching this five times in a row for the purposes of review, I’m still feeling good about it. High fives for South American electronic dance rock.

3 thoughts on “tired of being sexy

  1. KDart November 29, 2006 / 11:02 pm

    I think my favorite part of the video is the dancing buildings on popsicle sticks. That could just be the city planner (in training) talking though. Fucking Papers!

  2. stacey November 29, 2006 / 11:21 pm

    I like the dancing buildings as well. Maybe someday we can make popsicle-stick-maneuvered buildings of our very own.

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