The Comix – Touche Pas Mon Sexe

Comix – Touche Pas Mon Sexe // Top Model (Virgin Records) 1982. A great slice of syrupy French synth goodness. Touche Pas Mon Sexe was on the classic BIPPP Compilation that I raved about back in March of 2008. All of the touchstones of good French synth-pop are on display in this track; the crisp and minimal synth lines, the driving beat, the overt sexuality of the title (as well as the squealing and giggling at the end) and the kitschy vocals. It is really a classic of its kind, up there with Roman/Photo by Ruth or the first Taxi Girl EP. The B-Side Top Model, unfortunately does not live up to the A-Side but it is still pretty entertaining. It is more nuanced and less catchy, the beat isn’t as pronounced and driving. French bands like The Comix were at their best when they kept it really minimal and poppy. The Comix went on to fill up a whole album with minimal, poppy synth tunes before calling it a day. They were definitely not a band you want to listen to if you want angst. Instead, like Eli and Jacno, their minimalism and melodicism were disposable. This becomes their strength. All great pop-art is both disposable and transcendent.

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