Home > The disinterested ILB end of year rundown > The disinterested ILB end of year rundown: #5 Napoleon – I Try To Despise The Ugly People (But The Beautiful Ones Keep Turning Me Down)

The disinterested ILB end of year rundown: #5 Napoleon – I Try To Despise The Ugly People (But The Beautiful Ones Keep Turning Me Down)

It’s kinda appropriate that Napoleon and Playboy Tre are side-by-side in this most useless of year-end countdowns (I’ll get it done today and be back zinging tomorrow, I promise), because they were, as hinted above, the kind of albums I’d be foghorning about if I cared about music anymore. Tre representing the hip-hop side of things, Napoleon on the pause tip.

In a different year, in a different time, Napoleon could have made moves. I think they’re just a little… maybe someone turned the dial up one extra notch on all of their attributes which just makes them that little less palatable to a broadsheet audience. Journalists had been patting themselves on the back with their “I’m totally comfortable with post-ironic 80s revivalist pop sung by a bunch of rampaging homos” Scissor Sisters and Mika articles, and then Napoleon turn up and are basically a scotch bonnet forced down the gullet of someone who thought he was a badass because he added some chipotle to his homemade salsa.

But why does this appeal? Well… in the year that ILB totally bodied the concept of Mondeo Pop, a band so openly taken their queues from shit like the Blow Monkeys was pretty stunning. You throw in the fact that people have finally twigged that Vampire Weekend are basically a shitty (shittier? idk, “Walls Come Tumbling Down” is a banger) version of the Style Council and you’ve got an AOR blue-eyed soulpop revival queued up and ready to go right there. That’s a movement we at IchLugeBullets can get behind.

They also have the only video of the year to feature Tomas Brolin, so, y’know, good work on that.

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