12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Warning: completely inappropriate and explicit humor ahead! While it’s pretty funny that France’s the Teenagers — formed on a whim and a chuckle — have become favorites of the electro-pop set, you can’t ignore that they whip up great beats to serve alongside scrambled, adolescent emotions. Their attention-getting singles (included here), “Homecoming,” “F*** Nicole,” and “Starlet Johansson,” are spot-on totems to confused and frustrated young lust, and they don’t mince words. The synths crackle and soar, the guitars crack like whips, and vocalist Quentin Delafon pours on the faux sincerity or the droll cool as needed. Their sound is both lush and austere, hugely dance-worthy, and somewhat repetitious. From the seduction (“French Kiss”) to the break-up (“End of the Road”), the Teenagers capture the in-between (“III” — “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know anything at all!”) as well as any Gus Van Sant movie. Think of Reality Check as the soundtrack to modern adolescence, with a caustic, dark sting in place of the cotton candy, John Hughes fluff of the ‘80s. The times, they are a changin’.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Warning: completely inappropriate and explicit humor ahead! While it’s pretty funny that France’s the Teenagers — formed on a whim and a chuckle — have become favorites of the electro-pop set, you can’t ignore that they whip up great beats to serve alongside scrambled, adolescent emotions. Their attention-getting singles (included here), “Homecoming,” “F*** Nicole,” and “Starlet Johansson,” are spot-on totems to confused and frustrated young lust, and they don’t mince words. The synths crackle and soar, the guitars crack like whips, and vocalist Quentin Delafon pours on the faux sincerity or the droll cool as needed. Their sound is both lush and austere, hugely dance-worthy, and somewhat repetitious. From the seduction (“French Kiss”) to the break-up (“End of the Road”), the Teenagers capture the in-between (“III” — “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know anything at all!”) as well as any Gus Van Sant movie. Think of Reality Check as the soundtrack to modern adolescence, with a caustic, dark sting in place of the cotton candy, John Hughes fluff of the ‘80s. The times, they are a changin’.

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About The Teenagers

Based in Paris, France, this synthpop band was originally intended as a joke, set up the Michael Szpiner (bass), Dorian Dumont (guitar/synthesizer) and Quentin Delafon (vocals) on their MySpace page over Christmas 2005. Despite the questionable origins of the Teenagers, the trio could all draw on previous musical and DJing experience to add substance to the project, and with a rapidly expanding Internet following it soon began to take on a life of its own. Beneath the flashy stylistic showboating of their synth-heavy electronic pop lurked some memorable hooklines, however, a fact born out by the 2007 singles ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Starlett Johansson’. The former track earned the most notoriety, owing to some explicit English language lyrics and the debatable misogyny of the subject matter. The 2008 album Reality Check did not let up on the candid lyrics, although over the course of a whole album the shtick began to wear thin. The trio has notably remixed tracks by Air, Au Revoir Simone, GoodBooks, and New Young Pony Club.

  • ORIGIN
    France
  • GENRE
    Pop

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