my secret evening plans

November 19, 2006

CSS suxxx!i’m probably really late jumping on the bandwagon, but how cool are CSS?  known originally as Cansei de Ser Sexy, which means “tired of being sexy” in Portuguese, they abbreviated their name to CSS (probably knowing how badly whitey mangles foreign languages) and named their first album Cansei de Ser Sexy instead.  made up of five girls and one guy from Brazil, the band creates fun, unpretentious, post-punk-dance music (or something – i’m terrible with genres) that probably reminds me of the Knife more than anything else.  the lead vocalist, Lovefoxxx, is cute as a button, like a cross between Björk and Katie Holmes (sans crazy husband).

their debut album exists in two forms – it was initially released in Brazil in 2005, but apparently only sold about 5,000 copies.  their popularity continued to grow, mainly through blogs and Brazil’s version of MySpace, and they later put out a limited edition of their album that came with a blank cd-r so you could burn a copy for a friend.  in 2006, the album was re-released internationally on Sup Pop Records (fast becoming one of my favourite labels).  unfortunately, many of my favourite tracks from the Brazilian release didn’t make it to the international version (it probably didn’t help that a couple were sung in Portuguese), although one has popped up as a b-side so others are likely to follow.  in case they don’t, i’ve included them below, along with all the videos they’ve released so far.  “Off the Hook” and the original version of “Alala” were released in Brazil only – i found them on YouTube and then converted them to QuickTime files, so the quality is average.  “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” and the second version of “Alala” are promos for the international release of the album and were both directed by Cat Solen. 

if you’ve never heard (or seen) CSS before, at least download the second clip for “Alala” – i guarantee you’ll have the song stuck in your head for days before you finally cave in and admit that you love these guys.

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