We were pretty impressed by Chromeo‘s attention to detail on their latest album, Business Casual—in our Studio Time video with them, they told us they were following the template made by Quincy Jones and Hall and Oates, the feeling that during the Reagan years, the music was waxing nostalgic for Happier Days. So for FADER 69, we had them write a Vinyl Archeology about the songs that influenced the 1980s-gone-1950s tracks on their latest album. And in kind, they’re unleashing a week’s worth of videos describing the process behind every single song on Business Casual. Watch them discuss “Don’t Walk Away” above, read their Vinyl Archeology after the jump, and keep TheFADER.com on lock every day this week for a new view into the minds of two keyboard-loving Montrealers.
Vinyl Archeology: Sock Hopping Through the Reagan Era
Chromeo breaks down their favorite ’50s inﬂuenced ’80s music
Think back to all the ’80s videos you know. Now ask yourself: how many of them take place in a diner? (“Take On Me,” check. Go West’s “Call Me,” check. Etc.) Now look at all your ’80s-inspired accessories: motorcycle jacket, loafers, Wayfarers. Well, there’s nothing ’80s about that—they’re all ’50s and ’60s staples! In fact, they’re symptomatic of an ’80s/’50s nostalgic syncretism that was an immense part of pop culture during the Reagan era. The Stray Cats, La Bamba…ah, it all comes back. Surely you know Chromeo’s revisionist shtick by now: we came out with Jheri Curl funk when everyone else was doing “Blue Monday” bass lines. In our never-ending quest to shed light on all-too-forgotten nooks and crannies of our favorite decade, we bring you a quick overview of essential ’80s/’50s-and-’60s musical moments. Hey, maybe some kid will write about ’80s inspired music from the 2000s one day. – DAVE
Dave 1 and P-Thugg are Chromeo. Their new album Business Casual is out now.