Forty-something guys behaving badly get a beguiling collection of ‘8o’s era American punk, new wave and English beat songs for an album that plays like a Goth hell version of ST. ELMO’S FIRE. You can practically see the black eye shadow dripping from the emo singers whose music made for the characters’ best years, songs whose guitar-driven angst thankfully took pop b.s. into the rabbit hole for the birth of alt. music a couple of decades ago.

Now their brooding, vibrant melodies for addiction, suicidal tendencies and sexual dysfunction make MELT‘s twisted beach get-together anything but a blanket bingo. Effectively choosing these doom-ridden cuts from experience, rock video-turned film director Mark Pellington effectively mixes ironic, original alt. classics by Bauhaus (“All We Ever Wanted Was Everything”), Love and Rockets (“Kundalini Express”) and Adam and the Ants (“Dog Eat Dog”) with the contemporarily soulful strumming of Galaxie 500’s “Blue Thunder,” the long, disturbed journey of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” and the ill portent of Tomandandy’s score cue “Here.”

Perhaps no depressed spin on the characters’ long-vanished youth speaks to the f’d up wasteoids they’ve become like Modern English’s I MELT WITH YOU, where the band takes their bouncy anthem of 1980’s affirmation (best experienced as the theme song of VALLEY GIRL) and turn it into a slow, gnarled guitar drug trip that’s a nightmare of better lives long gone by.


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