The "We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes" Award for Title Track of the Year
By George Bass | 19 December 2008
College :: “Secret Diary”
from Secret Diary
Do you remember college? Or, as that should be in his native French, collage? Here’s one delicious tidbit to power up the neon of David Grellier’s brilliant debut/youth, which really should be titled 88% of the ‘80s if it wouldn’t fuck up the context of this award. Like a film version of Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero that meets with the author’s approval, College offers tense chunks of mnemonic energy on his Secret Diary LP, programmed in JX-3P format for anyone who’s burnt out on Quaalude and Centipede. It’s not your typical “Help! I’m 29!” crisis that’s been backed into a truckload of Casio, though: “Secret Diary” broods like the lights on the Knight Rider’s hood, mounting a steady 4/4 pulse into emotional sci-fi wavelengths. It lives up to the buzz of the marketing by evoking those big-screen childhood soundtracks (even that Zonders’ donated cover art seems poached from Risky Business ), and if you dash to the cash desk quick enough you might still bag yourself the limited VHS edition. Tubular!