Sunday, September 18, 2011
College "A Real Hero" EP
Part of the French dance music collective Valerie, College follows up his Teenage Color album with this tribute to 80's soundtracks. The title track off the EP is the only one with vocals, sung by Electric Youth (a nod to Debbie Gibson’s 1989 single of the same name). The song is about growing up and becoming, as the song says, “A real human being.” “A Real Hero” could easily have been left off of one of John Hughes’ soundtrack albums, playing over Molly Ringwald’s Sixteen Candles table-top birthday celebration or the freeze frame fist pump of Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club. The rest of the album plays more as a soundtrack album by Tangerine Dream for an early Michael Mann TV show. The cover art is an image of what seems like title credit’s to a cheesy cop show played on a now antique television.
What is most admirable about College’s A Real Hero is that it treats itself as a serious collection of work. It is dramatic while still employing countless hooks. Where some bands use schizophrenic beats and playful lyrics over their instruments, College obviously loves the style and knows where he is pulling from. The title track was recently featured in the film Drive: expect it to become a post modern classic to be held up with the songs of the past it pays tribute to.