Thursday, May 20, 2010

alive and kicking

It has been a smackdown of a week, my lovelies. I've been studying for a new business venture in the sunny, desert climes of Scottsdale, Arizona. My brain cells have been working overtime. Today, the temps reached a balmy 101 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. Thankfully, it's a dry heat.

In the evenings, I've been taking drives through the sprawling, sandy flatlands with Roxy Music and Goldfrapp as my soundtrack of choice. Stunning against a backdrop of majestic mountains and wide open, starry skies. But enough about the Southwestern landscape of the United States, my darlings.

Goldfrapp returns with "Alive", the second single from their latest elpee, "Head First". It was gonna be tough job following up "Rocket" being that the album is chock full of potential singles.

Another budget impaired video, which is de rigueur for labels in these lean days, was recently lensed with Alison rocking a bit of a Bonnie Tyler vibe.

In fact, it features is a melange of 80s touchstones. There are a few muses from "Xanadu", the dance routine from Bonnie Tyler's music video for "Holding Out For A Hero", the grim reaper from Def Leppard's "Rock Of Ages" vid, a left over pentagram courtesy of Mötley Crüe and splash of Jane Fonda's classic workout routine. It is SO important to recycle these day, mes amis.

For some reason they threw in a Kiss reference and some modern "Twilight" touches with a coven of vampires. It all ends with Alison retreating inside a neon coffin. Not exactly what I expected from a Goldfrapp video. Gotta keep them guessing these days, kittens.

Here's the video for "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler just for giggles and the visual reference.


  1. love the video, love the single. but surprisingly as never really paid much attention to goldfrapp in the past, am LOVING the album. so shimmering!

  2. I am not in love with the Alive video. It's a muddled collection of the references you caught. They should have just stuck with the Xanadu thing... I love the part where she zaps people and they glow. Alison also needs to bring in some fresh glamsquad folks to update her styling. She always looks the same! (I am a bit harsh today huh?)