Nevertheless, I still hold a candle for Neon Neon , and even if it takes another five years, I'd love another slice of their biographical electro-pop pie. In fact, I'd be happy to get the wheels of inspiration turning for them - you see, both of NN's previous records were concept albums about the life and times of an interesting historical figure (Praxis Makes Perfect was all about communist publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli; Stainless Style, as already mentioned, concentrated on car mogul John DeLorean), and if Gruff and Boom and are uncertain as to who the next album should be about, I have the perfect suggestion:
That's right, the founder of MySpace. His story is like a 21st-century remake of DeLorean's: a meteoric rise, sketchy extra-curricular activities*, and - eventually - a spectacular slump. MySpace is now the biggest joke on the internet, just as DeLorean's cars became the biggest joke in motoring.
The only thing missing is a death scene. Both Stainless Style and Praxis Makes Perfect ended with a sombre-yet-soaring final track (Stainless Style and Ciao Feltrinelli, respectively), and it would be hard to write something like that for a man who is still alive.
Having said that, I suppose they could do something about Tom's 'afterlife': he sold MySpace for $580,000,000 in 2005, and in spite of MySpace's butt monkey status in social networking circles, he's been living the high life ever since. I'm imagining a very dark penultimate track about MySpace's epic collapse, followed by a sunny-sounding closer that finds Tom relaxing on some tropical island.
I'll leave the details to Gruff and Boom, obviously, but I for one would certainly buy a concept album about the life and times of MySpace Tom. Especially if that album had the same stunning pop chops as Stainless and Praxis.
Perhaps they could throw in a bit of nu-rave to go complement the mid-noughties theme?
*In his younger days, MySpace Tom was a prolific hacker; he once hacked into a bank, and only escaped punishment due to his age at the time. DeLorean was arrested for drug trafficking in 1982, but was eventually found not guilty.