Pale Wire (Popscene)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Now with 50 percent more handclaps

New music from indie darlings Franz Ferdinand and The Strokes have the Web talking this month, but I'd like to buzz about something else: the new album from Junior Senior, that two-man group of Danes who scored a surprise hit in 2003 with the irresistable "Move Your Feet."

The knock from the pop shy was that JS didn't have lasting power. Disposable was the watchword. Well, like The Kid strutting across the stage at First Avenue with his electric phallus in hand, I'm here to tell you it's another way.

They've done it again. And, for me, the title says it all. By combining Neil Young's most famous injuction with a beatific bit of slang from hip-hop's golden era, "Hey Hey My My Yo Yo" sums up the mashed-up, handclappin', breakdancin', anything-that-works attitude behind today's best pop. That's the anthem. Throw ya' damn hands up.

Alright, enough nonsense. Let's work.

Junior Senior - "Itch U Can't Skratch"

Junior Senior - "Ur A Girl"

Feel the love?