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Blonde Redhead a few years ago. Those three and a Japanese-born bassist formed Blonde Redhead innaming themselves after a song by the no-wave band DNA. He ended up producing their first two records and releasing them on his label Smells Like Records.
This overall spleen-esque mood is backed up by a peculiar decadent aspect illustrated by the front cover which fails in being beautiful but which seems to echo 18th and 19th French literature that the band regularly refers to in interviews. Horny minds would probably add that their live performance is decadent as well, Italian twin brothers and a foxy Japanese girl playing in a triangle without paying much attention to the audience… However, I have the strange impression that the album is not as sad as I feel. Misery is a Butterfly undeniably pursues the quest for refined arrangements that has been started in Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons.
Blonde Redhead have long been maligned as self-consciously artsy, drawing facile comparisons to Sonic Youth and a host of No-Wave Blonde Redhead have long been maligned as self-consciously artsy, drawing facile comparisons to Sonic Youth and a host of No-Wave acts-- references that owe as much to their bandname's tribute to a DNA song as to Blonde Redhead's often discordant noise-rock. That rhetoric, of course, should've been shelved after the release of Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons.
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B londe Redhead's last album - Misery Is A Butterfly - established them once and for all as one of the most distinctive and precious bands of their generation. It was a confident, thrilling and delicately-nuanced sweep of sound which enraptured the already-converted and won the band a whole new legion of fans. And although it marked a modulation away from the bittersweet starkness of previous releases, it was by far the most commercially successful release of the band's career, continuing a steady upward trajectory, which started well over a decade ago.
If a band lasts long enough, it will eventually incorporate classical instruments into its music. Metal groups call in the orchestra to lend even more excess to their bombast. Pop songwriters use classical touches to value-add prestige to their sometimes lightweight craft. Many a punk rocker has gone compositional in order to signal a newfound growth, either real or imagined.