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Sunday, May 07, 2006


ModMusic: Army of Lovers

In the early 90's, as the world fell under the spell of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the anti-style of grunge, a small tribe fought bravely against the Seattle invasion. Eschewing Kurt Cobain's ascetic minimalism and heavy-handedness, these artists instead championed high-style, empty-headed songs that were drunk on glamour, drowning in frivolity and gorging on pop-culture excess.

From this small crowd of revolutionaries, Deee-Lite and RuPaul scored pop successes, Betty Boo ruled the be-bop crowd, and deep in the heart of gay clubs everywhere, a ridiculously extravagant combo known as Army of Lovers scored a worldwide hit with "Crucified." Deliciously campy and absurd (to call it over-the-top would be a significant understatement), the track tweaked religious conservatism and ethical hypocrisy...all to a thumping bass line.

Groups like Army of Lovers aren't built to last; despite four albums (with titles like Massive Luxury Overdose and Glory, Glamour and Gold), the group never found another large hit. Still, if you don't mind your hi-NRG with a slice of cheese and a knowing smirk, "Crucified" is a gaudy diamond buried in the retro-funky mists of time.

Download: "Crucified"
Then Purchase: Les Greatest Hits or Le Grand Docu-Soap, Army of Lovers
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