Wednesday, December 20, 2006


ALBUM: Polo Club
LABEL: Om Records
INFO: BIO In 1985, director John Hughes started preproduction on Polo Club, an animated feature written by camp legend John Waters about the adventures of four wealthy teenagers experimenting with a diet of Pixy Stix, Quaaludes, and laughing gas. No longer content with appropriating pop-music themes, as he had done to great effect in Sixteen Candles, Hughes decided to commission his first original soundtrack, hiring members of Devo, Japan, and the Psychedelic Furs to write new songs to bridge the gap between Hughes's teenage fairy tales and Waters's twisted narratives.Locked in a Los Angeles warehouse, the supergroup worked on the Polo Club soundtrack for one year, emerging with the finished masters only to discover that Hughes and Waters had been distracted by other projects and canceled the film. Although the guitar-heavy ballad "15 Minutes," a sleazy anthem called "NY Lady," and their trippy cover of Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug" had great potential as singles, record labels passed on the projectwho would buy a soundtrack without a movie?Demoralized, they hid the tapes and swore never to speak of the project again. Two decades later, an OM Records employee discovered the soundtrack in an Encino storage locker and convinced Hughes and Waters that, movie or no movie, the world was ready for Polo Club. Since none of the original musicians would admit to their involvement in the project, the label fabricated this lame backstory about a Chicago house crew that traded their drum machines for guitars and reinvented themselves as a wacky, accessible pop group. Polo Club is allegedly their third album, and their best yet.
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