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Com Truise, "BrokenDate"
September 25, 2011 8:13 AM   Subscribe

The Will Joines-directed video for Com Truise's "BrokenDate" is a pitch-perfect tribute to the 80s/90s cyberpunk aesthetic, with nods to Blade Runner and Tron, among others. The track is taken from the artist's latest album, Galactic Melt.
posted by beaucoupkevin (37 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
The best part of this is the great Tom cruise joke.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 8:22 AM on September 25, 2011


I am so glad that the democratization of technology has made it possible for people of modest means to create things that are visually spectacular.

That said, the name Com Truise drives me nuts.

The song and the video are pretty, though.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 8:27 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Never name your band something "funny." Other than that, though, this is pretty awesome.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:50 AM on September 25, 2011


Awesome! I've been really digging Galactic Melt.
posted by griphus at 9:15 AM on September 25, 2011


Wow, thanks so much for this! I'm painfully in love with the late early 80's future aesthetic. And wow, despite the silly name, the music is quite good!
posted by strixus at 9:16 AM on September 25, 2011


Wow, her hair is spot on future 80s. For some reason when people do retro pastiche they always get the hair wrong.....
posted by The Whelk at 9:24 AM on September 25, 2011


I liked use of the Laser Tag guns and the C64 as the main console. Of this I approve.
posted by yeloson at 9:29 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


trapped inside the machine forever


fufufufufufu
posted by LogicalDash at 9:45 AM on September 25, 2011


I liked use of the Laser Tag guns and the C64 as the main console. Of this I approve.

I wasn't sure if those were actually the old school laser tag guns or not, so I looked it up.

OH SWEET NOSTALGIA.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 9:46 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is perfect. This is exactly what I want out of the in-development-hell-forever Neuromancer movie.
posted by codacorolla at 10:02 AM on September 25, 2011


I love this. I still think that Soul Hackers is the epitome of "future 80s"/early 90s "wooshy cyberspace GUI" cyberpunk aesthetic, but this is really good--the music actually compliments the aesthetic, which seems like the hardest part to pull off half the time.
posted by byanyothername at 10:28 AM on September 25, 2011


Oh my god preview button when did that I didn't even wow
posted by byanyothername at 10:28 AM on September 25, 2011


> pitch-perfect…<

I don’t think that means what you think it means. I think you meant "somewhat reminiscent" in the only the most obvious ways. Like those guys who wear jeans and band t-shirts with a fedora and think they look like Frank Sinatra.
posted by bongo_x at 10:39 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Listening to Galactic Melt right now. Loving this. Thanks for posting it!
posted by Matt Oneiros at 10:42 AM on September 25, 2011


Man all I can say is that his live PA was pretty excellent this year at DEMF. I too had the "what a dumb name" knee-jerk reaction... but then my friend Minto advised I check him out, and so glad I did! Really really talented guy - I need to get this album like YESTERDAY.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 10:43 AM on September 25, 2011


The new stuff doesn't count for much once you see the
...........>>>>>>>>>REAL SHIT<<<<<<<<<................
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 10:47 AM on September 25, 2011 [9 favorites]


Love the Neuromancer data pyramids.
posted by Mid at 11:22 AM on September 25, 2011


All I have to say is that Com Truise is a lot less weird than Wevie Stonder
posted by aubilenon at 11:31 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure the Commodore hacker is wearing glasses cast off by William Gibson himself.
posted by adamrice at 11:40 AM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


The hacker guy looks rather like one of the kids from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiz_Kids_(TV_series)

Also, I think pretty much most things are a lot less weird than Wevie Stonder.
posted by titus-g at 11:43 AM on September 25, 2011


Oh wow, that post played a neat trick on my brain: I read the bands name as Tom Cruise at first, naturally and had real troube associating song writing or anything of that nature to the actor. So, desperatly trying to make sense of it I somehow blamed my tiredness for garbling the sentence and simply assumed that there is a big Hollywood movie in the making that is in the "80s/90s cyberpunk aesthetic with nods to Blade Runner and Tron, among others".

Man, I was ready to flip out and disregard completely that with Tom Cruise in it it just could not be as cool as I imagined it.

And then - after starting the video proper - it dawned on me and I was let down a little.

Anyway, thanks for the link and the good memories of Max Headroom and Mark 13 it evoked!
posted by Glow Bucket at 11:54 AM on September 25, 2011


Great video, although I think we are well past the point that mining this period and aesthetic for nostalgia is a little stale, no? Still the execution is awesome.

The track itself is pretty unremarkable.

The best neo-retro-80s music video I've seen this year is Drive, which I highly recommend you check out. And I dont use the term "video" to be insulting there either. It's tonally beautiful and poetic.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:59 AM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


gotta link or band name, senor cardgage? Randomly searching for 'drive' is probably going to bring up a lot...
posted by kaibutsu at 12:02 PM on September 25, 2011


Oh sorry. I mean the movie. With Ryan Gosling.

(no, really)
posted by Senor Cardgage at 12:07 PM on September 25, 2011


The best neo-retro-80s music video I've seen this year is Drive, which I highly recommend you check out. And I dont use the term "video" to be insulting there either. It's tonally beautiful and poetic.

Same here. When the movie first declared its intentions in the opening credits, the audience I was sitting with - we all hesitated, as if about to laugh at the unexpected 80s cheese - the magenta/pink cursive credits, the 1980s opening music ... and then we didn't. The movie, the director, the character, were confident and we were willing to go along.
posted by zippy at 12:10 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


> pitch-perfect…<>

Okay.

posted by beaucoupkevin at 12:19 PM on September 25, 2011


pitch-perfect…

I don’t think that means what you think it means. I think you meant "somewhat reminiscent" in the only the most obvious ways. Like those guys who wear jeans and band t-shirts with a fedora and think they look like Frank Sinatra.


Okay.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 12:20 PM on September 25, 2011


(And I'm glad to see I still can't remember to look in "Live Preview.")
posted by beaucoupkevin at 12:20 PM on September 25, 2011


Com Truise? Surely, it's "Crom Tuise."

The only possible answer to the riddle of steel.
posted by Eideteker at 4:47 PM on September 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


So many references! The Blade Runner, Tron, Highlander, Terminator and Matrix shouts are ovious but i know there are more I'm missing. Time to watch it again!
posted by New England Cultist at 4:47 PM on September 25, 2011


Dude needs an epyx fastload cart.
posted by Ad hominem at 5:49 PM on September 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


Another of his songs Fairlight shares a name with a c64 warez group
posted by Ad hominem at 6:00 PM on September 25, 2011


beaucoupkevin, Thanks for the post. Totally zoning to COM while up to my eyeballs in Konsole...

Qt fo' EVA.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 12:27 PM on September 26, 2011


Excuse me, I have to go look up videos from the Mind's Eye series on YouTube.
posted by GameDesignerBen at 2:45 PM on September 26, 2011


Love the Neuromancer data pyramids.

That's not where it's from. This is.
posted by scalefree at 9:03 PM on September 26, 2011


HOLY CRAP! This is awesome. Allow me to spill my guts a bit: I just watched 'We Live in Public' a couple of days ago and I was telling my girlfriend who is quite a bit younger than me that that it reminded me of what I wanted the future to be like when I was 17 (in 1993) and why I got into molecular biology (intended to be genetic engineering) and software. But, I was thinking... that wasn't quite it... The more I thought about it it was because of Blade Runner, which really affected me at a young age. The movie was/is kind of sad and it's reflected in the music of Vangelis and my dad was listening to Jean Michel Jarre at the time. Which kind of opened the door to listening to Orb and Air later on in life.

So I was wondering, where was the future of the music that I _used_ to listen to. AND HERE IT IS. FULL CIRCLE back to the beginning! So I was wondering why and I was thinking about that David Byrne TED talk. This isn't music that you can really put on at a party or a club or really even with your friends (unless they're into that kind of thing). Its stuff you listen to through headphones or you're alone working on something. The original stuff came out with the walkman and this stuff is here now with the personal mp3 players.

TL;DR: awesome, thanks for posting!
posted by kookywon at 9:03 AM on September 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


In terms of a vintage video from this period that might hit some of the same notes:
Grace - It's Not Over Yet
posted by codacorolla at 6:26 AM on September 28, 2011


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