“Fabulous Muscles” by Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu are one of those Indie bands that seem to be going out of their way to make people hate their music so they can cash in on the purely contrarian critics and buyers that unfortunately have always existed within that genre. They technically belong to the New Wave Revival movement, but are really part of the trend of Indie Rock becoming more depressing and self-involved as the Twee Pop era gave way to more brooding fare. Their music is a ridiculous mix of utter despondence and juvenile puerility (the album this song is from actually closes with a ‘pull my finger’ joke). The images in this song’s lyrics are absolutely disgusting, and this, combined with its utterly dreary musical sound, makes it one of those rare songs I cannot imagine conceivably appealing to anybody. It seems the only reason anyone has heard of this band is the aforementioned contrarian mentality in some Indie Rock critics and fans, but it’s hard for me to comprehend that anyone is enough of a contrarian to subject themselves to this just to prove their countercultural credentials.

Verdict: Really bad Indie Rock is generally much worse than even the worst of mainstream Pop music, and this is a perfect example of that.

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