High Fidelity is for me, like I imagine it is for most audiophiles, a definitive piece of work in either book or movie form. It’s comforting to know that – even if everything else is fucked in my life – at least I know what the hell I’m talking about when it comes to music. And not just that, but that it’s a worthwhile thing to be a little bit manic about whatever it is we’re all a little bit manic about. I have music (and possibly baseball) to fall back on. But while the Mets may fail me year after year, music as a whole never has. That’s comforting.
Anyway, there’s this band I just heard named The Aliens, which is why I bring up High Fidelity. As it turns out, The Aliens are some of the former members of The Beta Band, whose work I am almost wholly unfamiliar with – except for their use in High Fidelity.
(The scene where The Beta Band is used starts about 1:34)
The Aliens are kind of an updated take on the psychedelic pop of the 1960’s – all harmonies, sing-a-long songs, blissed out rock. Have a listen to “Sunlamp Show” from their most recent album Luna, and compare it with the electro-folk of their former band.
Have a sunny weekend.