Chromatics are a cool synth-pop band. They create moody, dreamy, dance-lite music that is as accessible as it is obscure. Here’s a great example of that: they’ve released their take on Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. It’s not one single though: they did the song four different ways.
The main Chromatics version is the stripped down and drippy “Girls Just Wanna Have Some.” The song is the clearest in acting as the basis for all of the different versions of the songs. It’s a “slow” jam very much in the Chromatics’ drugged up Italo Disco style but it is extremely quick paced. Unlike Lauper’s interludes and vocal wails, the band’s frontwoman Ruth Radelet keeps a steady cadence of spitting out lyrics like a lazy fax machine.
From “Girls Just Wanna Have Some,” the band runs all over the place with the song: there is the peppier and more Lauper “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun“; the bare contrasting “Girls Just Wanna Have Dub“; and the dance focused “Girls Just Wanna Have Drums,” which is arguably the most fun (and probably the type of fun Radelet wants to have). Then, of course, there are instrumental versions of each of these. If you want to get moody, there’s a version for you. If you want to escape the baggage of Lauper, there’s a version for you. If you just want to have some fun, there is a version for you.
This is probably the most esoteric and intelligent way of remaking a song and of course it works because Chromatics can make anything work. They’re good at being consistent with their sound—and at remaking songs with a new synthetic glow. This maxi-single dropped last Friday and can be downloaded now. Also, it costs a dollar for almost a half hour of one song. That’s pretty legit fun.