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Summer Camp

A big party. A band and tons of people. A pink Trans Am in the driveway with a ribbon around it and some incredibly gorgeous guy that I met, like in France, and we do it on a cloud without getting pregnant or herpes.

Who does the soundtrack to this incredible fantasy?  Why it’s British duo Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey, A.K.A. the band Summer Camp.

Now to fully appreciate this band you have to understand that their sound comes straight out of 1986 – steady drums and heavy bass lines marry with untamed synths. I imagine if you put Soft Cell & the Buggles* in one of them spin art machines, throw in some glitter fabric paint and your favorite John Hughes film DVDs, you’ll pull out Summer Camp’s Young EP.

RRRRRrrrrradical!

The EP obviously draws influence from ’80s teen movies (in fact two of the songs are named for notorious teen movie characters). The theme even leaks into their cleverly-edited videos.

SUMMER CAMP – Round the Moon from Paddy Power on Vimeo.

Summer Camp – Ghost Train (viral) from Paddy Power on Vimeo.

Like these movies, you have to be in the mood to appreciate the Young EP.  But when you know what you’re getting into, it leaves you with that same kind of silly happy feeling you get after you’ve spent the entire Saturday afternoon watching Pretty in Pink on VH1, and when you finally get up off the couch you see that Can’t Buy Me Love is on next so you sit back down.

* Fun Fact – The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first video music video to play on MTV.  It’s true.  I was a Communications major and it’s the first thing I learned in college.

Posted by: Marissa

Category: Music

11 Nov, 2010

Category: Music

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  1. me says:

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

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