Will Alphabeat make it over to the US, and if so, will they be huge?

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You guys must have come across this group already, right? I'm normally not a fan of really sweet pop, but these guys are extraordinarily catchy. I downloaded "What is Happening" off iTunes just based off the sample and ended up getting the whole album. They remind me of a cross between New Radicals and ... I'm not sure what else, my reference library isn't very big.

What I like is how the songs, even the especially cutesy ones, try to rock out in their own way by the end of the song. "Boyfriend," in addition to being a great response to Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend," ends with some fun Tarzanish cries. "10,000 Nights of Thunder," which may be the worst offender with the chorus, "Cuz you're so oooh, so aahh, so cool" ends with the female singer unleashing her inner diva and some frantic piano.

"What is Happening" is still my favorite and it's what I've been sending my friends to try and turn them onto these guys. It's hard to resist singing along even though it's ultimately a very meloncholic song. Anyway, thought these guys deserved their own thread :)

Wookie Rookie, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 04:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

As a fan of New Radicals, you have me excited...to iTunes I go!

Tape Store, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 05:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Also check out Fascination, a big 80's style pop song which would have stormed Eurovision for Denmark had it been entered. They have some videos on youtube if you want to check them out before you buy.

As for making it over to the US. I'd be surprised and no, they won't be big. Album only just came out in February in Denmark so I wouldn't be surprised if it was still a while before it came out anywhere else if it ever does. It's been 2 years or something since the second Junior Senior album came out and it's only just about to get a US release and still no sign of one in the UK.

cheasyweasel, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 08:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Album out in the UK on Monday.

Surprised they haven't been discussed more thoroughly on ILM but anyway - Alphabeat: true or false?

Dingbod Kesterson, Friday, 30 May 2008 09:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it wrong of me to love "Fascination"? Their schtick would annoy if the hooks weren't so strong. The way the chorus lifts into the "Wo-ah Wo-oh-ah" bit is pretty magical.

Tim F, Saturday, 31 May 2008 16:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wookie Rookie correct upthread - the secret to this band is that their tweeness is surprisingly muscular, it's that post-Motown bass+piano attack.

Like, "10,000 Nights of Thunder" (which is a weaker song) has those amazing Journey-style power chords in the bridges!

Also I think I have a slight crush on the male singer's earnest preppy stylings and habit of looking directly into the camera so sympathetically.

Tim F, Saturday, 31 May 2008 16:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wow, this Fascination song is great! I'd buy a record by these guys.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 31 May 2008 23:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

They do have some kind of worrisome Maroon 5-esque tendencies, like on the bridge of "Boyfriend." But other than that they're pretty enjoyable.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 31 May 2008 23:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

They seem maybe a little too knowing, though I've only heard Fascination. It's admittedly very catchy.

chap, Sunday, 1 June 2008 03:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

The album is really a bit hit or miss. Both of them. "Fascination" is an astonishing single (half Pointer Sisters, half "Footloose"), "10000 Nights" is pretty good, and "What Is Happening?" is an absolute monster. About six of the ten songs off the Danish album hit hard, the other four are more or less forgettable or bad. So when I heard the international edition would have some new songs and some old ones, I was thinking, oh yeah, this is going to be great.

But they kept "Rubber Boots" and "Nothing But My Baby" which are the two worst songs on the Danish album, and they removed "In The Jungle" and "Ocean Blue" both of which I thought were strong songs. The new mix of "Boyfriend" is better than the old one, though.

And yeah, if "What Is Happening?" is not the next international single after "10000 Nights" i will be very cross!

edwardo, Sunday, 1 June 2008 03:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh fuck me, i love "fascination" :(

Tape Store, Thursday, 5 June 2008 19:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

The word is on your lips

I know, right?, Thursday, 5 June 2008 19:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

i also like the hairspray soundtrack

Tape Store, Thursday, 5 June 2008 20:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

The 'male' singer looks really...slow, like not even in an insulting way he just really has a slow moving face. The girl is totally his sister. They might do okay-ish in the US if they tag themselves onto some 'clever' advert.
I think I die a little everytime they say 'What's the word?'

VeronaInTheClub, Thursday, 5 June 2008 21:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

They're saying 'Say the word" though.

Tim F, Friday, 6 June 2008 03:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Found it now, and I like it. But I am a bit surprised because they have use so much guitars and "conventional" instruments - I would have expected such an outspoken non-rock band to have a larger amount of synths in their sound. Fun it is anyway, but they aren't that far removed from what The Feeling and The Hoosiers are doing.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 June 2008 07:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

(Except they have a girl singing - which may make all the difference for those who prefer current mainstream pop to past mainstream pop)

Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 June 2008 09:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I haven't heard enough of The Feeling etc. to comment, but Alphabeat's use of rock instruments seems to be taking its cues from mid-80s corporate rock-pop (Huey Lewis & the News, Phil Collins - American Psycho music basically) more than anything else, and the result is so inorganic that it's actually hard to tell where the guitars stop and the synthesisers begin.

Tim F, Monday, 23 June 2008 09:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Belle & Sebastian - idiosyncratic charm + The Hoosiers = why bother?

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 23 June 2008 09:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wonky pop?

I'm failing to see the "wonk" of which they speak, unless they mean "using a little bit of guitar" in a pop song.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 23 June 2008 09:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i just saw the Fascination video. hated it (and them) for the first 30 seconds but was completely won over by the end! the band's puppy-dog sincerity would make them very punchable if the music didn't follow-through with its complete lack of irony - pretty rare for such an obvious 80s throwback. the groove is undeniable and the build-up during the 'say the word' bit is absolutely glorious. great song!

jabba hands, Friday, 25 July 2008 23:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah that was exactly my reaction. I was VERY suspicious for about half a minute.

Tim F, Saturday, 26 July 2008 01:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bestest fun song of the year so far, for me anyway.

Marty Innerlogic, Saturday, 26 July 2008 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

puppy-dog sincerity makes them even more punchable. 'fascination' is deeply annoying, everything else is blahhh. awful band.

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 July 2008 14:41 (ten years ago) Permalink


Tape Store, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 06:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

lex correct

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 06:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

it's like a revelation

Tape Store, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 06:55 (ten years ago) Permalink


Tape Store, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 06:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

this could just as well be some aesthetically stunted jesus-pop bargain bin number

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 06:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

I agree with jabba and Tim!

moley, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 07:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

still love the Bimbo Jones remix of 'Fascination' (a euphoric 00s euro-house-thru french-disco-lens cheese triumph to match Galleon's 'So I Begin', Triple X 'Feel The Same' and numerous others) (and the Linus Loves one too only not as much). not into the original.

blueski, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Fascination" sounds remarkably flat and unwelcoming for a joy-pop song. But basically, lex and Tombot otm.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 08:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lex correct thirded.

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 09:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

No way their going to make in the US. They look far too sincere to be taken seriously. Factor in the male singer's resemblance to Rick Astley and they've got zero chances of a career in the States.

Worst case scenario -they do become huge for a moment and twenty years after their fall a hit musical and a movie are penned in their honor and style. Mama Mia!

Kublakhan61, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 11:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

go see 'em, haters! the live show's thoroughly irresistible.

CharlieNo4, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 12:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've only got so long to live.

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 12:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

i know right, i'll never get back the 10 minutes of mp3 time i wasted on them :/

lex pretend, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 12:51 (ten years ago) Permalink


Funny you should say that because "10,000 Nights of Thunder" reminds me of a Relient K song I kind of like.

jaymc, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

one person i showed the video to was completely freaked out, in a 'these people are serial killers' way. they're not creepy, they're just...danish.

jabba hands, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had found Alphabeat quite disappointing thus far, but 'Boyfriend' has just got me and I've been listening to nothing else all day. It's crammed full of hooks. I was a bit surprised to find this thread and learn it's more than a year old. I'll need to give a bit of time to their other stuff.

I really like how controlled it is (so maybe the American Psycho comparison isn't that far out). It feels like they're dying to let rip and play the song at twice the speed, especially the drums which are way too ferocious for such a slow song, but all that frustration comes out in the chant at the end

Ismael Klata, Friday, 8 August 2008 11:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

There seems to be a lot of this 'Punchable Pop' around at the moment. I had to suffer repeated listenings of the Hoosiers late last year because they became my son's favourite band (for a period of about one month). That was bad enough but Alphabeat are ten times worse. Mercifully my son hates them too.

dubmill, Friday, 8 August 2008 11:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd never have linked this to the Hoosiers if it wasn't for this thread. I still don't, really. It's just a fantastic record

Ismael Klata, Friday, 8 August 2008 12:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I saw them compared to Deacon Blue somewhere and still consider that absolutely spot on.

Xii, Saturday, 9 August 2008 09:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Pete Hammond remix of "Boyfriend" is one of the greatest things I've heard this year, though I was already in the bag for this band anyway.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 9 August 2008 18:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

"Fascination" is a great song. The happy-clappy exuberance of the video is a bit much, but I don't require them to be human beings for whom I feel any affinity. Apropos of VeronaInTheClub upthread, they should probably rename themselves The Rabidly Inane Cheerful Cheesy Bastards. But then, that would be irony, and everything would be ruined.

Punchable Pop is the greatest genre name ever. "Fascination" kinda fits the label, as in, waht the fuck are the lyrics about besides vague gibberings about "teenage" and "young dudes" and ghastly twee tidbits like "passion is our passion". Also, the male singer in the video is just asking for a punch with the way he's acting. Nevertheless, great groove and toon.

Freedom, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 13:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Boyfriend is a lot better than original mix of Fascination

Aare-Reuss Böögg (blueski), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

dont understand how people could hate this!!!!

gr8080 (max), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think listening to too much balearica has made me soft

gr8080 (max), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

they do an acoustic cover of "digital love" that i really like despite having a distaste for 'acoustic' covers

gr8080 (max), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

no and yes

burt_stanton, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't get this mob's appeal at all, and I'm not anti-pop by any means.

chap, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

what is a current pop song you like?

They're a '90s odd couple. And an odds-on choice for laughs. (blueski), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well I'm not really keeping much of an ear on the charts at the moment. I generally like stuff GA and The Sugababes put out, fairly standard really.

chap, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

i like my pop songs catchy, so Alphabeat fail by some margin. this is the most baffled i've been since people i typically consider sane came out for the Guillemots.

i've never been so insulated (Roberto Spiralli), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fascination and Boyfriend are two of the catchiest European chart Pop songs of the year

They're a '90s odd couple. And an odds-on choice for laughs. (blueski), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't even think they're that great or anything but to deny they are catchy just seems so ludicrous

They're a '90s odd couple. And an odds-on choice for laughs. (blueski), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've heard both but can't remember how either go. (not that i'm complaining, mind.)

lex pretend, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

is "i can't even remember how they go" the new old "and now or soon to be found at the bottom of the bargain bin in MVE" lazy worthless dismissal among critics?

They're a '90s odd couple. And an odds-on choice for laughs. (blueski), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 15:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

curiously divisive, this lot. everyone has an opinion!

jabba hands, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 23:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

The funny thing about a band like Alphabeat is that each camp (lovers/haters) tends to assume that they, uniquely, understand, while the other side just dont get it (this sounds like a truism, but as per jabba hands, the whole process is more divisive here). They are the indie equivalent of Ashlee Simpson or even early Britney Spears in this specific sense. Like, pretty much every dismissal of this band I've read implies that lovers of a song like "Fascination" are the indie equivalent of gullible sheep pop fans who can't see how the wool is being pulled over their eyes. There's an implicit Alex in NYC anti-pabulum edge, although of course it's being wielded in reverse.

I think the truth is more complicated. All of my alarm bells went off with this song but I love it anyway, like it turns its dodgy qualities into a plus. Whereas an example of a song that I still like but remain sufficiently conflicted about that I can't love unambiguously is Mint Royale's "Don't Falter".

Tim F, Thursday, 18 September 2008 06:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Don't Falter" >>>>>>>>>> "Fascination".

And I love "Fascination".

Owner of a lonely hat (edwardo), Thursday, 18 September 2008 14:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

This lot also wouldn't go down at an office party either. Stick to Rihanna and Bon Jovi for that.

Carrie Bradshaw Layfield (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Thursday, 18 September 2008 14:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

i made a bunch of people listen to this and no one liked it :(

THE GAMBLER (max), Thursday, 18 September 2008 15:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Edward, perhaps my feelings are affected by actually being friends with a Britpop/indie-pop revivalist at the time that song came out. She would take me to clubs where everyone dressed up like they were auditioning to join My Life Story and that song and "The Boy With The Arab Strap" would play and everyone would go "crazy" and do skipping-dances on the dancefloor while mouthing the words.

In fact if i went to such a club now I'd probably sour on "Fascination" very quickly.

Tim F, Thursday, 18 September 2008 22:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Fascination" reminded me of some lost Disney movie song and dance number from, say, "A Goofy Movie."

turns out the Goofy Movie songs I was thinking of in particular were written by Prince for the movie. Mind status = blown, etc

Cunga, Sunday, 4 April 2010 04:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I like that considerably more than any other Alphabeat tune I've heard.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Monday, 5 July 2010 00:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

they have a great producer (no idea, just judging from the way the verses are stacked/constructed).

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Monday, 5 July 2010 00:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

So there's a new Alphabeat album... I had a viscerally negative reaction to the title track but it's kind of burrowing its way into my head. Since I Met You is my favorite so far.

skip, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 22:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Had a soft spell for The Spell when that was out, until the middle-8 with the geezer started , "Oi mate, you should be rapping".

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 22:43 (six years ago) Permalink

started *singing* that should read. The lady looks mightily unimpressed in the video.

Listening to the album clips on Youtube; they've taken a hefty melodic swipe from the 'How Will I Know' chorus in one of the tracks.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 22:47 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Stine released a new single a couple months ago. It's...okay.

But I'm just now listening to the third album from 2012. I put it off so long because I hated The Spell so much. Express Non-Stop turns out to be a HUGE improvement. I wonder if they're done now.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Stine released an entire mini album! It's great, 'Not What I Came For' is my choice pic

nxd, Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:28 (three years ago) Permalink

AH, so I see. "Karma Town" was the song I'd heard, but after playing "Prototypical" and "Move Forward" I'm a little more into it.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:22 (three years ago) Permalink

yeh karma town gets a bit annoying after repeated listens
for some reason i thought there was a 10 minute version of prototypical but i'm failing to find it anywhere

nxd, Thursday, 18 June 2015 13:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Inspired by this thread to listen to 10,000 Nights of Thunder, which is still amazing. Looks like The Spell is on Spotify, but I've never seen Express anywhere.

campreverb, Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:34 (three years ago) Permalink

ENS was apparently only released in Scandinavia, though two of its singles are on US Spotify.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:53 (three years ago) Permalink

wow they really shit the bed on The Spell, huh? Not that I gave it the most extensive listen, but then, if an Alphabeat song doesn't grab you right away, what's the point?

campreverb, Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:58 (three years ago) Permalink

if an Alphabeat song doesn't grab you right away, what's the point?

Ha! This is so otm.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 June 2015 21:10 (three years ago) Permalink

I never listened to The Spell except for "Always Up With You", which works on account of basically being Felix's "Don't You Want Me".

Tim F, Thursday, 18 June 2015 21:11 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

New single (after a 6 year hiatus). It's decent:


daavid, Friday, 1 March 2019 19:04 (two months ago) Permalink

It's weird how much I love this new single.

kitchen person, Sunday, 3 March 2019 06:03 (two months ago) Permalink

This is... fine.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 3 March 2019 15:43 (two months ago) Permalink

This one is pretty boring.

skip, Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:07 (two months ago) Permalink


campreverb, Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:27 (two months ago) Permalink

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