In my eyes, one of the most underrated rock albums of the past decade is Electric Six's Fire, released in May 2003. It remains a solid set of 13 smutty, decadent rock cuts, and I find it hard to settle on a favorite after all these years.
"Gay Bar," "She's White," "Naked Pictures (of Your Mother)," "Synthesizer," "Electric Demons in Love"? I can't pick just one.
The band comes to Fitzgerald's tonight, headlining a bill with Gabriel the Marine DuneTX on board as supporting acts. This tour also helps kick off a crowd-sourced drive to raise money for Absolute Treasure, the band's very first live DVD, with a tentative 2014 release.
"Previously, I said I'd only do a Kickstarter campaign to have me surgically altered to look like Amanda Palmer, but this live DVD seems like a good idea as well," says lead singer Dick Valentine.
"We want professional camerawork and editing, so we need some financing," he adds.
In addition to the DVD Kickstarter, they're offering up ten years of band memorabilia at auction to fund the project. Here's hoping there are some artifacts from the Fire music video shoots involved.
To this day, people still ask if that was in fact Jack White on the Fire single "Danger! High Voltage," even though the band finally came clean about White's guest vocals in 2004, when Valentine and the band stopped being coy about it.
"It is nice to see that the residue of our coyness still festers to this day," Valentine says of the collaboration. Both the Sixers and White hail from Detroit and ran in the same scene, making the pairing a no-brainer.
The songs on Fire were all party-ready, with massive solos, New Wave flourishes and swarthy vocals singing outlandish lines, making them a joy to sing along to.
Around the release of Fire it was fun, dumb glam hooks that were all the rage, as they always should be. Andrew W.K., Jet, Louis XIV and The Darkness are a few great examples from around this time.
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One of the most enduring Fire tracks is "Gay Bar," which scared jocks still thawing out of their nu-metal deep freeze and excited the rest of us. I mean, Fred Durst and Jonathan Davis wouldn't have sung about being superstars at a gay bar.
"I was at a very loud bar and "Girl U Want" by Devo came on the jukebox," says Valentine. "I thought the lyrics were "She's just a girl/a girl in a gay bar," and when I found out that the lyrics were actually "She's just a girl/the girl you want," I decided I had the green light to write my own song about a girl in a gay bar."
"It's a pretty simple song, not very long, very repetitive," he adds.
There is an amusing anecdote somewhere about a backstage party during VoodooFest 2003 involving Marilyn Manson, a bag of human feces and the song being played at interminable levels.