(This is a series celebrating our favorite songs of 2008. No particular order. It is being cross-posted at rangeliferecords.com. If you’d like to contribute, email a song link and 5 page essay to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Song: “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” by Starfucker
Song Link: Yellow Stereo
Live Video: HERE
Here is what I don’t understand: a band like MGMT, a couple of young, fresh, artsy/indie dudes, make a record with one catchy song and then a bunch of undercooked, over-dramatized, synth-string operatics and they blow up and, as of this writing, already have 43,000 MySpace plays today. And then a band like Starfucker, a couple of young, fresh, artsy/indie dudes, make a record with three of the catchiest songs of the year, fleshed out with still-pretty-catchy, suburban Paul’s Boutique samples and broken-hearted cooing, and they get a small, loyal following and are blowing up to the tune of 500 plays today.
Let me guess: Starfucker’s too indie?
Whatever. The masses can have their MGMT and their star-fucking. Starfucker already owns them anyway – if not in MySpace plays, then in integrity; if not by number of groupies, then by name.
I already wrote about “German Love”, the first Starfucker single I fell for this year, HERE. But the real future-pop is “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second”. It sounds like “Oh Yoko!” fast-forwarded through Beck’s “Odelay” and then fast-forwarded again through Four Tet. This is the most on-the-pulse, digitally compressed, cut-perfectly/pasted-perfectly 3 minutes in indie-rock I heard this year. It’s like they finally made a robot cry a human tear. And then the robot sings and says “All my life/ there you go/ Oh, please stay/ Just this once”. Are those feelings real? Can a robot love? Does a robot desire?
Someone should ask MGMT… ;)