The Hype - Shopping

from the album The Official Body (2018)

Once upon a time, I ventured out on a frigid winter's night to see a concert at the Eagle's Club in Milwaukee.  It was my first time to the venue and I was excited to see the grand ballroom.  Dating back to the 1920's, the list of musical luminaries who had performed on that stage was staggering.  Folks like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong.

However, my rock and roll heart was focused on the night in 1959 when the Winter Dance Party was held there.  The show included Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Big Bopper, Dion & The Belmonts, and Richie Valens.  I stood there, endlessly looking around, imagining being in the crowd that evening, listening to Buddy Holly sing Rave On.  A few nights later, it would all tragically end.

All that was forgotten when the main attraction took the stage.  With supreme confidence and indignation, the Gang of Four proceeded to deliver one of the greatest performances I have ever witnessed.  Punk Rock anchored in a mighty bass groove.  I had never heard anything quite like it.  Danceable punk.  The crowd was also different; fewer of the safety pin set and more of a sophisticated counter-culture vibe.  Enlightened anarchists.  A new world for a budding gigolo.

Fast forward to a few days ago.  I am banging away on the keyboard, scouring the web for my next favorite song, when I clicked play on a new album by a London post-punk outfit named Shopping. Track One is a song called The Hype.  The vibe, the tones, and especially the bass groove instantly returned me to that night in Milwaukee, when Gang of Four blow the roof of the ballroom.

As the song unfurls, I am also reminded of NYCs no-wave artists of the same era.  Suddenly, bands like The Bush Tetras are swimming around in my brain.

I am crazy about this song, this band, and the joy I feel listening to The Hype.  Five stars!

Click Here to watch the official video for The Hype by Shopping.

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