Last weekend, I was ugly doll shopping in Pop Deluxe (a store on State Street in Madison, which, coincidentally, I just found carries books that a friend of mine in San Francisco publishes from his company, Immedium.)
While my daughter sorted through the whether or not to go with a Poe, Abima or Wedgehead, I was continually drawn to the music being played in the store. It was a strange kind of indie disco that reminded me a bit of the Ting Tings, only far stranger.
When we checked out (went with the Chuckanuka ugly doll), the woman told me that we were basking in the glow of Stereo Total‘s 2005 album – “Do the Bambi.”
Stereo Total are a French/German duo based in Berlin named Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring (aka Friedrich von Finsterwalde). It’s a really freaky mix of electronic new wave and 60s pop. Like if Devo and Kraftwerk got together with Belle and Sebastian with Lykke Li singing (and that was not at all an attempt to be obscure to show off).
Check out “Ich bin Nackt” from “Do the Bambi.”
…or “I Love You, Ono.”