Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #47 !!!
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!!! is kind of like your most entertaining friend, the one who always pulls some batshit insane stunt to make your parties memorable. This person is riotous, but they aren't the class clown type – they're the center of attention because they're genuinely funny and easygoing without putting very much effort into their image. That's the vibe I get from the !!! dudes – whatever weirdness they exude seems engrained in their music, rather than forced or contrived.
Of course, droves of artists take a strange angle, but !!! lands on this list because the music that backs it is so damn good. Most people qualify them as dance-something (i.e., fill in the blank after the hyphen), though what comes after that hyphen is up for debate. Biting guitars flash punk sensibility, more than a few electronic elements creep in, and liberal wah-wah action brings in some reggae / funk spice. But I think most of their attitude – the thing that defines them – comes from a love of recent hip hop / R+B, as betrayed by their cover of Nate Dogg's "Get Up" on a two-song EP in 2005. Dudes can get down without a care in the world, and I don't think they were ever concerned whether anyone jumped onto the sound. As Nic Offer sings / babbles on Pardon my Freedom: "like I give a fuck . . . like I give a shit." The music comes out wild because that's the only way they know how to roll.
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