The XX

You know, when I first discovered Massive Attack in the early 90s, I used to proclaim that those guys were going to be the next Pixies -- the band that seems very niche at the time, and not apparently that successful, but then every single person who bought the album was going to start a band, and in fifteen years everyone was going to sound like them.

Then trip-hop suddenly just vanished, and its angry cousin drum-and-bass suddenly just vanished, and I thought, well, I sure called that wrong.

And now here we are, sixteen years later, and I just saw a show with 2,800 other people by a band whose singer sounds exactly like Tricky and whose entire album is basically a cover of the song Protection.

(Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

They put on a good show. But as expected, Warpaint was the reason to go.

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6 Responses:

  1. pikuorguk says:

    Big Beat vanished too a few years after Fatboy Slim started to become mega popular.

    Mind you, listening to that kind of music now, it was only really the Chemical Brothers who made anything worth listening to. The rest was just so repetitive and mind numbing.

  2. thumperward says:

    It is angry cousin? *ducks*

    • jwz says:


      That is not a mistake I make.

      It is, however, a mistake that the iPhone spell corrector forces you to make every single time.

  3. rpkrajewski says:

    Massive Attack? Well, maybe if you're thinking of the Tracy Thorne-fronted versions. Then maybe I hear it. To me, the XX sounds like a not-quite-so-introverted version of Young Marble Giants. And both Young Marble Giants and Marine Girls, Thorne's first band, were in that raft of DIY bands in the early 80s.

  4. stannate says:

    The creative visuals must make up for the fact that, to me, The XX are dreadfully sparse and dull. Warpaint and Zola Jesus make up for The XX, but apart from focusing on the band members' age, I never got the hype around them.

  5. heresiarch says:

    the show was sold out a few days before, or we would've been there :(.