Friday, December 2, 2011

The Top 100 Songs of 2011 -- #95: "Don't Fuck With My Money" -- Penguin Prison

If there's anything the last few years has really brought about in indie music, it's a resurgence of '80s-oriented electropop jams -- for better or for worse. This trend has been particularly noticeable while working as part of a college rock radio station. We get quite a few albums a week for consideration to be put into our rotation, and for whatever reason, this genre has seen a marked revival.

Some of this -- actually, far too much of this -- falls into a genre known as "chillwave." I'm not going to go too much further into this, as this song in particular is not of this particular disposition. Just know that it's kind of the new thing to do these days, and it can be difficult to weed through the not-so-stellar material.

One week, while we were wading through quite a bit of this... stuff, one song caught my ear. It's also of an electronic nature, but more so on the dance-pop level. It comes from Penguin Prison, the brainchild of New York's Chris Glover. The song? The oh-so-subtly-named "Don't Fuck With My Money."

If this song doesn't make you want to dance, I'm not quite sure what will. Deliciously upbeat, gloriously catchy, and delightfully profane, the song is a formidable period piece and a foreboding example of an artist who may one day garner an increased amount of attention.

The music video provides an added depth to the otherwise-upbeat song. Glover journeyed to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City to shoot the video, and it's well worth a watch.

Don't stop here -- check out the entire record Penguin Prison put out in 2011, if you like what you hear. When it comes to chilled-out dance-pop tunes with a foot in the glorious (?) past, you can't go wrong with Chris Glover and Penguin Prison.

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