Super Stars for Cheap
Luxx - July 6, 2002
W. I. T.
only $6 you can see the stars of the future at Luxx. And
hey, if they don't ever really become superstars, what does
it matter if they make it 100% seem like they will be? I'm
talking about W. I. T. (pictured)-- that's Whatever It Takes
for those who are too slow to figure out the acronym. These
are the teasing, glamour-girl seductresses set to enlighten
The lead singer, Melissa Burns, is a mix of Blondie and
Sounds like a hit to me. The backup singer-is a rugged Alyssa
the backup dancer-is the sweetest, prettiest innocence of
. . . herself-can't
think of someone to judge her by, so she's spared.
They are such huge teases it's unbelievable. They've brought
playfulness and the sweet-bad girl persona to a high art.
is worth a million dollar income for the sheer mastery of
for allowing other females and transvestites to learn from
straight men to indulge in it. They sing-speak with breathy
or clear 1960s-styled, faux-naïve girl voices, the
mike set to a
barely-there echo. The backing is all future electro-techy
sounds-beeps, swishy sounds-energetic drums; happy, future-y
very refreshing mix when smashed up against those hot vocals.
three were wearing replicas of the famous Marilyn Monroe
is flung up by the subway vent-and they don't play instruments.
like the Supremes up there. At one point the two backup
held up guitars when screaming "It Kills!" Fighting
for their right
to hold guitars, but not play them. They have semi or fully
dance (pose) routines for all their songs. That night they
their new hit "I Surrender"-the title describes
played old faves like their cover of The Cars "Just
What I Needed"
and "Bounce"-and I'm not talking fabric softener
"like it". All enough to drive the three straight
men, fifty lesbians,
and twenty-three bisexuals in the crowd into convulsions.
Earlier that night, around 10 PM, Argentine [pronounced
Argen t-eye-n] played music for the broken-hearted. It was
very Lemon-Heady, a pinch of Grateful Dead, and very soulful
and soothing all the way. A great start for the evening.
I highly recommend checking them out if you want high quality,
healing music. They had a drummer, a bass player, and a
guitarist-singer whose fingers were frozen by the air conditioner
blowing directly into them.
Next was a band from Indiana that was on tour-The Post.
in the process of delivering themselves around the country.
it suck when a band comes all the way from Indiana and you
idea, until you end up finding out because you've talked
Happens ALL the time. I spoke with Oliver a little bit.
reminded me of Radiohead in their screamed-out vocal days
ever had such a period). I remember their music having some
sounds to it with some extended vocals-screamed-out parts.
tell you, the bands this night were each from different
was hugely entertaining in itself. The Post are alternative
with a bit of mardy-mook-hey, you expect me to describe
Check 'em out at paperthinsurprises.com-named after one
songs. They'll be releasing a couple songs there soon that
the most primo production quality, Oliver said.