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Some Loud Thunder (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)

Wednesday, Feb 14 2007
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Why isn't anyone bringing up the Violent Femmes? It's because the Violent Femmes aren't cool. The Talking Heads are cool, which is why anyone who wants to knight a new band Artful and Cool reaches for the Talking Heads mantle. But if a lot of these acts, CYHSY especially, just embraced the Femmes' jokey irreverence (or even the irreverent side of the Heads), the world would be a better place (they're already singing like Gordon Gano anyway). As it stands, Clappy is just a bunch of wimpy hipsters whose idea of creativity is a couple of aloof, affected tricks. Check the intentionally distorted opener, which all but announces: We're here to vaguely, halfheartedly hold your attention. The rest is a gaggle of chimes and tchotchkes — tweaky keys, Ritalin drums, bass lines that are as practical as a carburetor and about as interesting. (Thanks for the eclectic arrangements, fellas, the DRM on my Sufjan Stevens MP3s just expired.) This band is on magazine covers because they're total DIY — F the man! Bummer is, if you were worried about crass major-label high jinks, why'd you make a paean to the four most reached-for retro records of the moment — Remain in Light, Crocodiles, Marquee Moon, White Light/White Heat? And why isn't Violent Femmes on that list? — Garrett Kamps

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