Trippy retro '80s music with dance-pop pizzazz.
Funk-electronic trio Static Panic premieres the music video for "The Crazy Thing" on Popdust.
"The Crazy Thing" from the band's debut EP, Chrome, examines desire and sexuality. Static Panic is made up of Keston Wright (vocals, guitar), Eli Kapell (drums), and Ro Lorenzen (vocals, MPC, synths), who is openly gender fluid.
The band hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, and got together two years ago. Lorenzen, who grew up in a music-centric family, began singing when she was five years old, before learning piano and violin. She and Wright met in high school and recruited Kapell to finish out the band's sound.
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"The Crazy Thing" opens to swirling synths, then flows into a tight '80s dance groove glowing with shimmering, strident colors. There's a definite Prince-feel to the tune, including the high-pitched vocals and the momentum of the harmonics. A compelling rhythm, emphasizing a crunching snare and trembling bass line, drive the beat, as the synths drone, chirp, and radiate retro sounds.
A falsetto precedes a deeper, half-spoken segment which adds an infusion of tonal variety. A gleaming, almost raucous solo, made up of psychedelic synths and a phantasmagoric guitar, inject the harmonics with similarities to The Talking Heads.
The video, directed and animated by Jacob Huffcutt, presents a surreal kaleidoscope of colorful images, including strange blob-like creatures, stars, vocalizing lips, and organisms with leafy TV heads, as well as snippets of the lyrics. It's trippy as all get-out, and effective.
The combination of stylish retro dance flavors and brilliant pop energy make "The Crazy Thing" infectiously good.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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