The Re Generation
April 15, 2008 7:54 AM Subscribe
posted by adamrice (99 comments total)
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Riffing on the 1970s as the "Me Generation," Esquire Magazine once referred to the 1980s as the "Re Generation," making the case that all of our popular music, fashion, etc was being recycled from previous decades. They had no idea.
Since then, the flood of entertainment has deposited many more sedimentary layers of pop culture. Today, musicians and music videos mine these condensed strata of modern media as raw materials, producing works of hyper-compressed cultural references.
Case in point: The Scissor Sisters' "Comfortably Numb"
, Justice's "DVNO"
, and The Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love."
In "Comfortably Numb," the music is really where all the references appear; in "DVNO," it's in the video (and the Wikipedia article
attempts to catalog them). "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" stuffs a bewildering number of winks and references into both the music and visuals.