No. 12: Alphabeat Gets “Wonky”

Let’s face it: Wonky Pop has not exactly moved mountains in the past year. America has not yet gone down to its collective river to pray to the shiny Nordic purveyors of high quality throwback pop, and at this point it appears as if this country likely never will be saved by scary-good Scandinavian music. (No, not even Annie.) But that certainly doesn’t detract from Alphabeat’s aggressive charm.

“Fascination” still glistens every bit as much as it did this summer, and yet is no more popular here than the day it was born into this world in a sunburst of fresh laundry and morning dew. And it’s not for lack of spunk or style. Behold this video for their song “10,000 Nights”:

Singer Anders SG (one of three Anders in the band) is—dare I say—way cuter than any of the Jonas Brothers, and he could beat them all at basketball. Just saying. But regardless of my own heartthrob proclivities, 2008 will go down as the year of the Jonas, and not, unfortunately for Alphabeat, the year we embraced a Hall & Oates revival.

Fascination [YouTube]
10,000 Nights [YouTube]
Alphabeat [MySpace]
80 ’08 (and heartbreak)

  • Anonymous

    I have somehow never seen the video for this. Wonderful.

  • dyfl

    “Fascination” = song of the year. Eff a prevailing zeitgeist.

  • bcapirigi

    I still don’t get Fascination. The Pete Hammond remix of Boyfriend, though, almost made the second half of my year.

  • Nunya B

    Anders B is the cute one.

    I can’t believe they were dropped (though knowing EMI that’s a good thing and not a bad thing).

  • Kate Richardson

    @Nunya B: I don’t know which Anders that is, but I’m 100% confident that you’re wrong because obviously Anders SG is “the cute one.”