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Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Heart Hurts (Again)

I love Bruce Springsteen & Lady Gaga. This confuses many people because Bruce relies on good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll and Gaga relies on new fangly synthesized electronica. These two styles can’t POSSIBLY co-exist! Heavens, no! Dan Boeckner & Alexei Perry, husband & wife, however, decided that was bullshit. They formed the Handsome Furs and combined a guitar and a synthesizer and made pure, straight, true, unbelievably magnificent electronica-infused rock ‘n’ roll. And for the last year of my life they have been my favorite band in the whole world.

Majestic like the Canadian Rockies, as raw as sushi in Chinatown, their recordings cleansed you, their live shows throttled you (they are the only act I have ever seen not named Bruce Springsteen to do a SECOND encore), and their last album, "Sound Kapital", was note for note, song for song perfect (even if you include the bonus track!).

I say last album because they announced their break-up two days ago. Why? No one knows the specific reason. And that’s fine. It’s their business. Not ours. It’s sad, but no one should be mad. Every one of their songs I love is a blessing, each of their shows I got to see was a miracle. They owe me nothing, they gave me everything, and I will be eternally grateful. I wish them both the absolute best.

The Handsome Furs are dead. Long live The Handsome Furs.


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