6 Reasons to Love Electric Six, by Chris Willis

For those of you who don’t know the disco/punk/garage band that is Electric Six–I pity you! The band is a six-piece alternative outfit dating back to the mid-90s and their work has held a small but consistent following throughout. Perhaps their best-known track, with vocal backing by Jack White, is “Danger! High Voltage”:

Their style can be described as the best, or maybe worst, of pop-synth with tongue-in-cheek chicanery in every lyric. Their popularity surged in the UK during the early 2000s with the Fire album, but they have not dissipated, in fact, they have produced approximately one album every year since 2003. An excellent example of the silliness that pervades the style is “Dance Commander”:

In recent years the band has covered “Radio Ga-ga” by Queen and “The Rubberband Man” by The Detroit Spinners. In 2012 they plan to release a 2-CD live performance album that is as yet untitled.

Oh, here’s the other 3 reasons: “Gay Bar”, “I Buy the Drugs”, and “I’m the Bomb”.

(sources: wikipedia, electricsix.com)


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