Day 11: A Song From Your Favorite Band

As I’ve documented at length elsewhere, my favorite band for the past 12 or 13 years has been British indie dance-pop trio Saint Etienne. As with most favorites, it’s difficult to pick just one song, so I looked for one that at least had an interesting video.  “Nothing Can Stop Us”, from their nearly 20-year-old (!) first album Fox Base Alpha epitomizes the early-period St. Et. sound, crafting euphoric retro-pop out of a drum machine and a symphonic array of samples from other people’s records. Given that the song eventually received a remix and an accompanying official video for its US release,  I had never seen the original until today. Shot in what looks like super-8, it’s simply the band driving around London, breezily taking in the sights. It exudes bliss and a sense of discovery that I find irresistible.

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