Chromeo Put Their 'Antiheroic Schmucky' Stamp on the Love Song

04/24/2014
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(Radio.com) For the past ten years, the guys of Chromeo have kept fans dancing and laughing with songs like "Bonafied Lovin,'" and, more recently, "Sexy Socialite." Even more impressive, the duo has managed to do both these things while still being taken seriously as musicians. But the guys know it takes a lot of work to be funny without becoming a joke.

"You need to aim just right, otherwise you're Lonely Island or…you're just like pretentious disco stuff," singer Dave 1 (real name, David Macklovitch) told Radio.com at Coachella. "It's gotta be right in the middle and that's why we work hard on our songs, hard on our craft."

Dave 1 said that him and his partner P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) have a motto, "It's gotta be lowbrow and highbrow at the same time, but never middle." This golden rule helped make the duo's latest album, White Women, out May 12, their most ambitious to date with the two guys attempting to blur the boundaries between gender and race. Something they felt was especially important, considering the current state of pop music.

"Some of it is so heteronormative and so aggressively macho," Dave 1 explained. "We felt like our anti-heroic schmucky take on the love song could actually stand for something."

On the White Women track, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)," Dave plays the role of the lovable mensch, singing, "I get a shiver when I see you with those other guys/Wearing the jacket I bought" before revealing, "I get jealous, but I'm too cool to admit it."

"There's no other ode to the castrated male on the radio today," he said of the track. "In that sense our music means something in the context of other songs that are like, 'I know you want it, I know you want it.' How about a song where it's like, 'Man, I'm so jealous, but I can't even say it.'"

In the interview Chromeo talk about why women's legs are their Wu-Tang symbol, how they got Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend to sound like a Bee Gee and why they hope collaborating with Toro y Moi will help them with the ladies. Watch it here.

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