Sunday, August 10, 2008

BRUNCH: Dow Jones and the Industrials

Provincial unrest atop the crest of the new wave. "Can't Stand the Midwest" drives, a — perhaps the — paradigmatic KBD fight song. It drew a response from Indiana's Gizmos ("The Midwest Can Be Alright"), which culminated before long in an amicably split single. Less conspicuous in the longue durée are its bookends, dehumanizing synthers underwritten by prickly picking and a hollowed-out voice. "Let's Go Steady" oscillates between that paranoia and a legitimately stomping chorus. But the low high tech returns to swallow the coda, promising better things. 1980: Morning in America.

"Let's Go Steady"
"Can't Stand the Midwest"

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