Yeah, those of you in Europe may already say this is old news, but I just discovered Goldfrapp. Some of those in the remix/mashup community have used her “Ooh-la-la” as a blend with ZZ-Top’s “La Grange” and Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” because of the similar upbeat riffs (okay, if it wasn’t for the semi reggae-like roots, I’d say they are almost outright stolen). DJ Zebra even mixed all three together, but I didn’t really know about this strange Europop artist until last week. And I’m hooked and got her most recent album (again, old news, August of 2005).
I can’t describe it, but she’s a combination of Shakespears Sister, Gary Numan, and perhaps influence by Siouxsie and the Banshees. It has both a new wave and goth feel to it, with enough pop to sweeten the mix, but not enough to saturate it (Ala “Aqua” or “Blumchen,” whom I like... when I am in the mood).
Why does Europe have all the cool music? The Beatles, punk, new wave, electronia, and some of the best dance music ever made over 120bpm? All we have is rap and country.