“Memories make we want to go back there.” So maybe Weezer isn’t the subtlest of bands (never was, really), but when you see those lyrics spelled out–as in their new “Memories” video–you might realize they’ve written the ultimate refrain for this backwards-looking, ’90s-fetishizing year. It seems the farther we get from that decade (Sony’s stopped making Walkmen, for chrissakes!), the more influence that decade seems to exert. See, for example, this video by Yuck, which our own Andrew Winistorfer said “looks like a clip that would have played on Alternative Nation back in the day.”
This week also provided us with a nice synthesis between old and new. I’m referring to this collaboration
between Crystal Castles and Robert Smith, which Erik Ziedses des Plantes, if he didn’t know better, would call “the best Cure song in over a decade.” “Won One,” the new Souls of Mischief track
, might be their
best song in over a decade–although make that two decades and “’93 Till Infinity” swallows it whole.
This week still provided us with some serious only-in-2010 moments: Nicki Minaj and Robyn acting alternately weird and sexy in their respective music videos
, Baths evolving chillwave
, Cee-Lo following up the awesome “Fuck You” with the awesome “Bright Lights, Bigger City.”
Which is all well and good–but then there’s the pressing question of just what ’90s band might reunite next! Check back next week for the answer (and there will
be an answer).