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Back in Luxx, Larry Tee discusses how the performance-art aspects of bands like Fischerspooner and other acts -- Omaha's The Faint, Detroit's Adult. and New York's A.R.E. Weapons, Soviet and W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes, the so-called "Madonnas of Electroclash") -- separate them from being either an innocuous bit of '80s nostalgia or a subculture like ravers, where there seems to be little respect of history, just a continuous regurgitating of what's presently around.
"The Electroclash bands have star power," says Tee. "They are fuckable, they have opinions, lyrical direction. They're not two fat square-headed DJs on stage. And they aren't just regurgitating the '80s. When people say how '80s it is, I really wonder if people actually think most kids grew up on Nitzer Ebb and DAF. Most of the artists are not what MTV sounded like. Once the industry is done with the house and trance and faceless, emotionless music, they'll realize what they are missing.
"You know," Tee reminisces, "I used to play what is now Electroclash at [former Atlanta club] Weekends. I had a 9-to-5 shift almost every night of the week, and you know I played a lot of stuff that sounds like what is happening now. I do think that one of the reasons I'm having such a go at it now was that I had time to practice the plans down in Atlanta, try some things with the craziness of the Now Explosion. There are echoes of all the things and people from down there, because we were so used to putting on shows, imagining new means of entertainment. But lectroclash is an explosion all its own."
In Brooklyn, Electroclash is here and now. But soon this could be your home. This could be anywhere.
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