When I was 18 or 19, my mom answered my wishes and prayers and took me to London (as well as Paris to visit family). I was so appreciative, you have no idea. We went to tourist attractions and I met up with Marti Zimlin and Paul Adams at pubs and made new friends. My mom and I went shopping and I enjoyed pre-2001 exchange rates purchasing much needed new clothes from TopShop.
What I loved almost as much as the culture I had been idealizing since I was 8, was MTV! I used to ONLY listen to british music. It was almost a joke. If it came from the states I probably missed the boat on it, but I knew about everything going on with Daphne & Celeste and would read the muse message boards (this is 1999, btw), to find out about new bands like JJ72 and Coldplay.
There's this one moment I remember really well. It was in the early evening and I turned on MTV and caught the second half of this video:
I stayed glued to the TV so that I wouldnt miss the end when I could see who the song way by so I could go to Virgin the next day and buy it. I was so surprised to see that it was the Sneaker Pimps. They had a girl singer before, and this was them:
They were like, the sugarary pop of the triphop sound, and now they had this amazing dude singing for them!
So I bought their EP and album and listened to it pretty religiously. I kept it my little secret, sharing it occasionally with friends. I still listen to them when I need to unwind.
A couple months ago, my friend told me that he had just seen this band called IAMX and thought I'd like them. "Oh, and by the way, it's got some dude from the sneaker pimps in it."
I went to see them during CMJ at Misshapes and was in love.
Here is one of my favorite songs from the new album. It's called "President" and contains a line i love "For all you lonely boys, I will be president."
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I just got an email in my inbox saying that IAMX are on tour of the states again. BUT I MISSED THEIR NYC SHOW... UGHHHHH!
I dont want you to miss their show if it hits your area, so here are tour dates:
Oct 15. PHILADELPIA, NORTH STAR BAR (ALL AGES)
Oct 16. BROOKLYN, MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
Oct 18. BOSTON, GREAT SCOTT
Oct 19. MONTREAL, PETIT CAMPUS
Oct 20. TORONTO, THE MOD CLUB (19+)
Oct 22. DETROIT, MAGIC STICK (ALL AGES)
Oct 23. CHICAGO, DOUBLE DOOR (21+)
Oct 24. MINNEAPOLIS, 7TH STREET ENTRY
Oct 26. DENVER, BLUEBIRD THEATRE (16+)
Oct 27. SALT LAKE CITY, THE URBAN LOUNGE (21+)
Oct 29. VANCOUVER, PLAZA CLUB (19+)
Oct 30. PORTLAND, DOUG FIR LOUNGE (21+)
Oct 31. SEATTLE, CHOP SUEY (ALL AGES)
Nov 02. SAN FRANCISCO, BOTTOM OF THE HILL (ALL AGES)
Nov 03. LOS ANGELES, EL REY THEATRE (ALL AGES)
Nov 06. DALLAS, CLUB DADA
Nov 07. HOUSTON, ENGINE ROOM
Nov 09. ORLANDO, THE SOCIAL
Nov 10. ATLANTA, VINYL
Nov 11. CHAPEL HILL, CAT'S CRADLE
Nov 13. WASHINGTON DC, BLACK CAT
Nov 14. NEW YORK CITY, BOWERY BALLROOM