esper reevaluate your taste prejudices every once in a while
speaking directly to what was specifically brought up as an example, scritti politti is genuinely incredible. i wanted to mention here that not only does their music rule, but that they’ve been vocal marxists since their start in the late 70’s-early 80’s. that dangerous-to-search feeling band name references Antonio Gramsci’s Political Writings (Scritti Politici), who was an italian marxist philosopher and antifascist who was imprisoned for criticizing mussolini. a common thread in their music is to use pop symbols/stylings to critique consumerist/capitalist culture by pushing them to the absolute brink of meaning and absurdity, which is why they’re so sugary (but also because it sounds cool).
they also have a part in a song called A Perfect Way that truly sounds like (and predates) the Super Mario World overworld theme! comes in at around 3:00.
anyways, the albums Cupid and Psyche ’85 and Provision rule, and i hope yall get into scritti.