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Neon Neon, Neon NeonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lex Records
  • ASIN: B00127G7A2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Neon Theme
2. Dream Cars
3. I Told Her on Alderaan
4. Raquel
5. Trick for Treat
6. Steel Your Girl
7. I Lust U
8. Sweat Shop
9. Belfast
10. Michael Douglas
11. Luxury Pool
12. Stainless Style

Editorial Reviews

2008 debut album from this duo consisting of Los Angeles producer Boom Bip and bonafide British Rock star Gruff Rhys (the frontman for Super Furry Animals). The album features Spank Rock, Yo Majesty, Fabizio Moretti and a host of friends adding instrumentation. The project is themed around John Z DeLorean - the man behind the iconic DMC 'Back To The Future' car and known for his playboy high society status. Stainless Style embodies all the elements of great modern style Pop. The final product is filled with big hooks, melodic synths, bouncing crunk and dance bangers.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely under the radar. March 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album was a bit of a surprise. I had no expectations at all about it. I'm familiar with Boom Bip but wouldn't necessarily call myself a fan. I haven't really payed attention to his career besides what little he did with Doseone back in the days. What really inspired me to check this band out was Gruff Rhys. For those not familiar with Gruff by name, he is the lead singer of Super Furry Animals. I'll tell you what, this band is pretty great...

It's an electronic 80s throwback album and the production is stellar. Gruff's voice works really nice with the production too. This album is a true gem.

"I Told Her In Alderaan" is my favorite. From the moment it begins, the 80s electronic melodies sound so pure it's hard to believe in came out in 2008 and not 1988. "I Lust U" is another great song. It's got a great dance beat and is just completely hypnotic. "Steel Your Girl" is a subtle, melodic gem. "Dream Girls" sports another incredible beat on the album with some 50s inspired vocal melodies. It's pretty good... I am just a big fan of this album. "Raquel" is like a pure 80s disco number. "Belfast" has an amazing melody to it. "Michael Douglas" is an atmospheric dance song.

All of those songs are stellar. There is something I don't like about this album, however. There are 3 songs on here that feature rapping. They just don't fit with the rest of this album and doesn't make much sense being here. I'll tell you what though, out of these songs, "Luxury Pool" isn't half bad.

These guys do an excellent job creating a homage to electronic and rock bands of the 80s who obviously influenced their direction such as The Cars, Depeche Mode, The Fixx and so on.

This album is awesome. It's as simple as that. I am completely blown away by it and am a giant fan of this act. I sincerely hope this is not the only album these guys will collaborate on because I just want more more more right now! Don't stop, please, give us more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Throwback Album with Modern Edge May 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Acts as diverse as Pacific! to The Killers have proven that adding an eighties edge to modern pop/rock arrangments can be highly successful fusions. It is a refreshingly original trend, despite that implicit fact that the bands are merely taking their influences to a literal extreme.

Neon Neon, for instance, utilized many instruments manufactured in the eighties to create the sound on their debut effort "Stainless Style". The record is a unique concept album conceived around the high-profile playboy lifestyle of John DeLorean.

The eighties tribute theme is noticably prevalent on the album's strongest tracks: "I Lust U", "Dream Cars", "Belfast", and "I Told Her On Alderaan". These tracks constantly pop up on my playlists over a year after discovering this album!

Unfortunately, the other half of the record is constructed with more pedestrian fare. Tracks like "Trick for Treat", "Luxury Pool", and "Sweat Shop" tread typical modern R&B blueprints with yawn-inducing results.

Still, this is a grand record well worth the purchase...and isn't that a sweet album cover?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW December 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
First off, I am a huge fan of Gruff Rhys (solo records, stuff w/ SFA, and even his early JAMC-styled band, Ffa Coffi Pawb) and I know nothing about Boom Bip. When I heard about this LP, however, I thought it was brilliant.

The other reviewers have not mentioned that this is a CONCEPT ALBUM ABOUT CARMAKER JOHN DELOREAN. I cannot think of a more ridiculously awesome thing to make a concept album about, especially for dudes like me who: 1. grew up in the 80s 2. love cars 3. used to think the DeLorean was the pinnacle of cool cars during our childhood 4. love Back To The Future and so on.

I will agree with the other reviewers who say that the 3 hip-hop style tracks are totally out of place. Then again, I am not really a big fan of hip-hop. Regardless of that, the other tracks definitely garner this album five stars. The "Alderaan" song is possibly the most authenticly 80s-sounding non-80s song ever written - even more so than that M83 record that came out this year.

GET INTO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Sides to Every LP September 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Could be the soundtrack for a Bret Easton Ellis novel. There are odes to cars, The Cars, Raquel Welch and Michael Douglas. The standout tracks are "I Told Her on Alderaan", "Steel Your Girl", "Dream Cars" and "I Lust You" featuring Cate Le Bon. The album seems to fluctuate between dance-pop (Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals influenced) and hip-hop (Boom Bip influenced), and the rap tracks don't work quite as well, although most of them are at least fun to listen to the first time through. "Sweat Shop" becomes downright annoying after a few listens though. I would hope that the next project from these guys focuses more on the Gruff material, and less on the hip-hop side of things. The cover art seems appropriate as well, and should give you an idea of what to expect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Executed February 28, 2012
By Steve
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
High quality vinyl with beautiful artwork. I found it to be very aesthetically pleasing and nice to touch. The art is glossy and printed on a heavy sleeve.

The music comes out clean and is a ton of fun. Everything is a little silly (Gruff Rhys comes through with solid vocals), but I like it that way. Overall a great concept album about John DeLorean and the DMC-12.

The only negative is the sides of the vinyl are not labeled A & B. I had to look at the etching for the side numbers. Also, no lyric sheet.
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