Saturday, November 24, 2012
I like strange music! Things that are out of the ordinary. I wrote about my interest in Freezepop and The Dandy Warhols. While listening to a Freezepop station I created on Pandora, I came across Ladytron. Two songs that caught my attention are "Playgirl" and "Ghosts".
Playgirl is a hypnotic trance techno psychedelic dance tune that reminds me of two other songs, "Plan A" by The Dandy Warhols, and "Some Velvet Morning (Phaedra)" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood. All three are trippy tunes. Some Velvet Morning is from 1967, the year when Hippies ruled Haight Ashbury in San Francisco and the drug of choice to open up your mind and possibly the Doors of Perception was LSD. The Dandy Warhols have psychedelia in their genes and if you only know them from "Bohemian Like Me" then you should dig deeper into the Dandys.
In my mind, I hear the Nancy Sinatra Phaedra vocals and the swirly phased electronica from Plan A in Ladytron's Playgirl. The video adds to the experience. There are 80s retro references and the freaked out playgirl herself walking around pulling an IV pole. Scottish singer Helen Marnie looks fabulous in a subdued understated way, and her huge eyes stare out at us as she sings, generally motionless other than a few moments when she bops to the beat.
Check out the videos for Playgirl, Plan A, and Some Velvet Morning. Do you hear the connection? If you dig Playgirl, be sure to check out Ghosts which is equally hypnotic and catchy, but with a bit more of a guitar sound to it.
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