Someone in Concrete Blonde's licensing camp really dropped the ball. 2010 saw the release of the 20th-anniversary edition of their seminal 1990 album, Bloodletting, described by the kind folks at Amazon as "a gothic tapestry of danger, vampires, alcoholism, and passion," but I didn't hear a single one of their tunes sound-tracking a True Blood episode, a Twilight scene, or a Vampire Diaries montage. Blame it on the band's sound, I guess: Even if tunes like Bloodletting's title track fit the thematic material like a wool sock, the music is just too dated, the cross between then nascent "alternative" sounds and big L.A. studio rock of the early '90s, owing much more to the Doors and Scandal than contemporaries like R.E.M. and the Dream Syndicate, though members of those bands had thick associations with Concrete Blonde. Maybe adult former goths should use Concrete Blonde's upcoming gig at Compound Grill as a learning experience: Dig out your cassette single of "Joey," toss on the fishnets and pack a couple of back issues of Sandman into the Subaru, and drag the kiddos out to show them how vampire-obsessed kids got down before the whole thing became so Team Edward.
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