In terms of respectability the 80s has made something of a comeback. Throughout the nineties and noughties the decade that spawned acts such as Flock of Seagulls, Van Halen and Wham was widely maligned as a vacuous, miserable period where egos and haircuts overshadowed meaningful memorable material. Now it’s in renaissance. But as bands like Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun prove there’s something to love after all, Curry & Coco seem intent on dragging it back down to the shoulder pad wearing, Dave Lee Roth toting, shit heap image that it’s just shed.

The synth line to “Sex Is Fasion” is catchy, but the lyrics are as meaningless and empty as the stereotypical image of the decade that inspired them – the salient point being that the singer does not have sex for emotional reasons, but because it’s fashionable. All this is intoned with a puerile, semi-falsetto punk whine that presents the following hypothetical decision:

If Sex Is Fashion is the intellectual and musical equivalent of injecting radioactive waste into your brain (which it is!), and if it came to a choice between actually doing this or listening to the song again, I’d choose the former without hesitation.

Release Date 10/05/2010

Chris Gilliver

I started out writing for the Manchester Evening News as a freelance journalist back in 2008. The idea that I would be given free access to music and gigs seemed somehow miraculous to me, and I proceeded to take full advantage of the situation. When the M.E.N. decided to constrict its coverage to only the very biggest bands, Simon Poole approached me with a plan to make sure that all the very talented musicians of this world that pass through and/or live in Manchester would not go unnoticed. As the New Releases editor here at Silent Radio Towers, it remains my proud duty to cast a critical eye over the music and reviews that come my way in a manner that is both supportive and fair. Above all, I strive to write as entertainingly possible. Favourite musicians include the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Mercury Rev, Os Mutantes, The Knife, Beach House etc etc. I'm a firm believer that all genres (except nu-metal) contain music of great quality...