SONG OF THE DAY: #15 CHROMEO

 

Chromeo is an electro funk-duo from Montreal Canada existing out of P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) and Dave 1 (David Macklovitch). P-Thugg plays the keyboard, the synthesizer, and the talkbox, while Dave 1 plays the guitar and is the singer of the duo. The two are friends from childhood and call themselves laughing “the only successful Arab / Jewish partnership since the origin of mankind”. They have gained fame when releasing their second album called Fancy Footwork. The two of them met in high school at the age of 15 and started with Chromeo in 2002. After ten years of producing hip-hop Tiga, of the techno label Turbo Recordings, spoke to the duo. In search of a new sound, he offered the duo a contract. They signed the contract under the name Chromeo in 2001 and started making music for the label in 2002.

The debut album from Chromeo, called “She’s in Control”, released in 2004, made Chromeo on the map and marked the start of their music career. The reviews about the band were good and they were compared to music from bands from the 80s like Hall & Oates, Klymaxx, and Sylvester. “Needy Girl” became a worldwide club hit. According to Dave 1, “She’s in Control was not a success, it was a failure on almost all grounds.” The successful song “Needy Girl” brought global name recognition. After a break of three years came the second album called “Fancy Footwork”. This album also received positive reviews. Fancy footwork was also used by Electronic Arts in the game Need for Speed: Pro Street. This is admittedly a remix of Guns’ N Bombs. The album took them on a two-year world tour where they performed at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds in the UK Fujirock in Japan, Iceland Airwaves in Iceland, Pemberton Music Festival in Canada and Coachella, Bonnaroo, Rothbury Festival and Lollapalooza in the United States.

This song finds Dave 1 singing:

I get a shiver when I see you with those other guys
Wearing the jacket I bought
I can’t help but lose my temper and I don’t know why

“There’s no other ode to the castrated male on the radio today,” Dave said to Radio.com of the song. “In that sense, our music means something in the context of other songs that are like, ‘I know you want it, I know you want it.’ How about a song where it’s like, ‘Man, I’m so jealous, but I can’t even say it.'” Speaking on AMP Radio’s 97.1 Seconds With series, Chromeo admitted that they expected a backlash after hearing this song on the radio, but it proved to be the contrary. “We took almost ten years to build a solid underground foundation,” they said. “We did everything, all the credible steps that a band could take. Putting out vinyl, getting remixes, working with the right people. And basically showing that this is going to come when its right. But we’re not chasing a hit.”

“When our fans hear us on the radio, or new people hear us on the radio and learn about us, it’s like the underdog made it,” Chromeo continued. “So everybody is actually really proud and supportive. And they feel like its a victory for them as well.”

“Instead of feeling betrayed by their band. They’re like “HA HA! I’ve loved Chromeo for 10 years, and I was right!” We didn’t change the music to get there,” they concluded. “That’s the crucial part. ‘Jealous’ is the most Chromeo song ever!”

May we meet again!

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