Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch ft. Loletta Holloway- Good Vibrations
The Killers - Everything Will Be Alright, Hot Fuss
I don’t remember the first time I heard the Killers, but I do remember finding something strange, even weird, about them: up until that point, music was either “rock” (guitars, loud drums, whingey vocals) or “pop” (synths, tinny drums, whingey vocals), with no room in between. So to hear this odd new band with their weird, half-breed pop/rock blew my naive little mind.
Though later albums tended towards one side or the other, what I will always associate with the Killers is Hot Fuss. It’s not a perfect album, but it’s exciting and raw and bursting with a kind of knife-edge vitality, hovering somewhere between rock and pop, growling and glamorous, the gutter and the glitz. Everything Will Be Alright is the spectacular, “epic” (an overused word, but appropriate) ending to a strange, divided album. It doesn’t bridge the gap: it embraces it, synths and disembodied vocals soaring over sleigh bells and drum machine beats. It’s not rock’n’roll and it’s not pop, and thank god for that.Dedicated to Tommy Marth.