My vote for 2002's most dreadful single goes to "Sunglasses at Night," the recent club smash from the Montreal duo Tiga & Zyntherius: their smug irony makes their version even lamer than Corey Hart's 1984 original. But Tiga at least has redeemed himself. His current mix CD, American Gigolo: The Best of International Deejay Gigolo Records (Turbo), is the best of the current glut of new-electro compilations, which might seem like faint praise, since most of them aren't worth the plastic they're shrink-wrapped in. But he avoids electro's potential monotony by including house and techno cuts--there are only so many ways you can manipulate a midrange android bleat, after all. And he chooses two particularly great tracks to undercut the scene's self-congratulatory tendencies: Miss Kittin & the Hacker's "Frank Sinatra," a tongue-in-cheek (so to speak) rip on club culture's jet-set boasting ("To be famous is so nice / Suck my dick / Lick my ass / Every night in my limousine we have sex / With my famous friends"); and "Porno Actress," by Detroit's Dopplereffekt, in which a woman numbly chants "I / Want to be / A porno / Star" over a series of pings and poings. Tiga's forthcoming volume of Studio K7's "DJ Kicks" series, due in February, sounds nearly as definitive as American Gigolo, with a warmer, less brittle feel courtesy of tracks by Sir Drew ("She Male") and Offpop ("Lowrider") and the DFA remix of Le Tigre's "Decepticon." This is a DJ set. Thursday, November 14, 10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark; 773-549-4140.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marek Vogel.