Saturday, May 23, 2009

the wild ones

Hecuba is an electronic duo whose sounds fuses edgy electronic cabaret with fifties pop melodies - imagine if The Knife moved to Los Angeles. Like A.R.E. Weapons they enjoy street-electro topped with jukebox crooning, but Hecuba are bit more art-school queers than rowdy Alan Vega-obsessed Yankees fans. The new video for "Suffering" is an homage to fifties biker culture whose most obvious predecessor is Kenneth Anger's Kustom Kar Kommandos:

perhaps less well-known but equally awesome are photos taken by Karlheinz Weinberger in the early sixties of teen gangs in Switzerland - obsessed with American idols like Elvis and James Dean yet isolated from the cultural milieu that originally spawned them, these gangs made up their own outfits and styles, combinations of greaser gear and metal-industrial accessories that look like clothes for a post-apocalyptic sock hop. check out the horseshoe belt buckle, bullet necklace, and skull medallion.

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