Wednesday, April 13, 2005
There are some songs that are just unstoppable in the same way that a gang of thugs backing you up against a wall in an alley is pretty irresistible. This is one of those songs. We're not talking about volume, but a stomping beat and a wall of voices in your face. Heaven 17 were, despite their pop sensibilities, pretty far out for the 80s. They broke out from the same electronic underground that spawned the Human League, and were a massive club success when "Fascist Groove Thing" came out. This song is all about winding you up into a ball of tension, taunting you with the starts-soft-but-gets-louder chorus and the general sense of abandoning yourself to a higher groove.