Manhattan Carnivore

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Ummm... Like... Do I Like Want The Fame?

I'm not quite sure what to make of The Fame? Their music is best described as bubble-gum-rock, quite delicious, but the kind of music you'd expect kids just out of high school to be playing... and the guys and gal in The Fame have quite a few years and miles between where they are now and high school, and frankly, that makes me a little suspicious. Maybe that's just me being a jaded New Yorker, but with The Bravery being the last band to "make it" out of New York, I can't help but be a little suspicious of guys in their late 20's (generous age estimate) releasing a debut ep of radio ready rock, that is hip now, yet slightly ahead of the current musical trend.

Now there's nothing wrong with being old, or getting old, hell I'm getting old as I write this, but by the time a musician is in his or her late 20's, he/ or she has had alot of time to put some miles in. Chris Martin is in his late/mid 20's and his band has already released 3 albums and is playing Madison Square Garden. The Strokes are entering their mid 20's and they are about to release album number 3, and here we have The Fame releasing ep number 1 and playing Pianos. By now we all know about The Bravery's past and how deep their love for 80's dance rock goes, which leaves me wondering how deep The Fame's love for good old pop rock goes? Is Reno truly passionate about "Bedford Girls" or this just an attempt to cash in what is hot today? And if The Fame are truly passionate about the type of music that they are making, why hasn't this been a life long quest of theirs, rather than a pre-mid-life crisis quest?

Just as their biography says, "These are songs to blare from car stereos in high school parking lots across the country. Homework is thrown on the fire." The Fame write songs that would be at home on teen movie soundtracks. Picture this potential scene: it's the day after prom (the prom scene featured The Bravery's dance anthems) and the kids are driving along with the top down in their Cadillac blasting The Fame. Their debut ep, while flawed still kicks some serious rawk n roll ass, and alot more ass than their live show, which you'll have plenty of opportunities to see in September at their month long residency.

For More on The Fame: (official site)

"Keep The Money, We'll Take The Fame" - New York Press (Cover Story)


At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a terrible band name... how spinal tap of them.

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MC, were you at the show?

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous john said...

i remember seeing that article. its rare the ny press puts a band on the cover, i wonder who they know that hooked them up?

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get On The Beat is a good song, and no, I'm not in The Fame

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Albert from the Strokes is over 30.


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