Some people, especially people who actually know me, will probably think I’m kidding when I say that the best new (or, at least, new to me) album that I’ve heard lately is by a band called Double Murder Suicide, is called lexlugersexmagik*, and is all about wrestling.
But seriously, I’m not kidding.
Drew brought lexlugersexmagik home on Friday night after his show at The Happy Dog and I didn’t really think much about it. I may have said, “That’s cool,” sort of half-heartedly, you know, in the way one does when one has been woken up at 2:30am after falling asleep while reading a particularly trying passage of Infinite Jest, but I’m pretty confident that I didn’t have any profound commentary to share.
So, the next day Drew and I listened to the album in the car and I was really surprised when it turned out to be totally fucking awesome.
Okay, I don’t know anything about wrestling. At all. I didn’t watch wrestling growing up and I’m an only child, so I didn’t have brothers who watched wrestling, and this morning while I was brushing my teeth and thinking about writing this, I tried to remember anyone I knew who had watched wrestling and only three people came to mind: two boys that I went to grade school with who wore oversized black t-shirts with famous wrestlers on them and who were always drawing swastikas and bomber planes on their desks and a boy I went to high school with who went to great lengths to try and cover up the fact that he watched wrestling as a kid and still had a massive wrestling action figure collection. Drew and I did watch The Wrestler once, so I guess that sort of gives me an idea (albeit a totally depressing one) of what wrestling is all about. Full disclosure: I actually had to google the names used in song titles (Lex Luger, Eric Bischoff, Chris Benoit, Kevin Nash) so that I could get a sense of who was being talked about.
Fortunately, you really don’t need to know anything about wrestling to listen to this (though I would imagine that it’s a more engaging listening experience/there are more opportunities for deeper level discourse around the album if you know a little bit — or even a lot — about wrestling.) Double Murder Suicide layers guitars, drum machine beats, and audio clips from televised wrestling matches to create amazing lo-fi pop songs… about wrestling. Really, the “about wrestling” part can even sort of be secondary. The primary thing you need to know is that these songs are super-catchy and fun to listen to.
I’ll be honest — the opening track didn’t really grab me, but things pick up fast. “Jake’s a Snake,” “The Warrior Lives in Me,” and “Turned Heel Too” are all fantastic. If you’d like to get a copy of lexlugersexmagik, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry I don’t have any actual information (like, you know, how much it costs.)
* I feel like an idiot for even typing this out because I assume it’s the kind of thing that everyone already knows, but just in case: The title is clearly a parody of (homage to?) the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik.