A1 We Will Follow Him
A2 We Will Be Your Father Figure
A3 We Want To Hold Your Hand
A4 Were About To Have A Nervous Breakdown
B1 We're A Slave 4 U
B2 Every Breath You Take (We'll Be Watching You)
B3 We Will Always Love You
Challenging the individualism of the Western pop song, We reveal the latent politics of the love song and transforms chart hits by annihilating their liberal subject and replacing it with a collective consciousness. Through the simple substitution of the plural for the singular, intimacy becomes a form of collective action and the unique the universal. Despite being the mass product of an anonymous culture industry, the very premise of the pop song is one of extreme individualism, elevating the ‘one’ subject of romantic desire above any other and declaring one moment in time more significant (‘when I first saw you’) than any other.
As a result, even though the pop song is often the outcome of the labour of producers, engineers and technicians, it is associated with the strong fictional character of the pop star. We reinject collectivity into this framework, exploring the tension between the dystopian quality of the totalitarian mass and the utopian promise of a communal project. Inspired by the dystopian fiction of Yevgeny Zamyatin and the minimal synth covers of pop classics made by obscure DiY groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s, We follow in the footsteps of bands like The Better Beatles, who sought to improve on the canon of popular music by stripping it bare, even.
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