SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Nad Mika – “DiskoRomance”

Last night, I came back from the club and happened up on some old Saturday Night Live episode where Mike Myers was playing German talkshow host Dieter frolicking in a Sprockets club scene. That got me thinking of Nad Mika’s ‘Electronic Beat Bitch’ album, which I enjoyed while searching for something new from the German pop-punk-electro-trash dance diva. Her latest single “Diskoromance” is a bit more polished but retains the DIY-agressive edge and frivolity of her previous epic opus. She probably heard Lady Gaga’s ‘Fame’ album and thought she could do it better herself. With a backbeat of ’90s Front 242/Nitzer Ebb industrial-edged EBM (electronic body music), she talk-sings in English, French, and German wonderful lines like “I dance and we dance and you dance, disco romance.” Stated so simply, what more could you want from a dance song? Adventurous DJs should check out the remixes by Dualesque and BiTbear. There’s no need to analyze it any further, it’s Sunday Funday – so go out and find yourself some Disco Romance.

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REVIEW: Nad Mika – ‘Electronic Beat Bitch’

What would happen if Lords of Acid, Grace Jones, KMFDM, and New Order collectively donated their DNA to create a new pop-punk-electro-trash German dance diva? The delightfully dirty results from such an experiment would undeniably be Nad Mika and her first album Electronic Beat B!tch.

Nad Mika’s pounding techno beats mixed with thrashing guitars and tacky lyrics are a uniquely stimulating musical experience. Nad Mika’s sound is familiar, yet fresh to the contemporary club world. Her blatantly gay-friendly lyrics and excessive condoning of all things sexually devious are not new to club music, but her blending of house beats and 80s punk screaming should be embraced in any progressive dance club. Her song, “Julie Was A Whore Lep” ? also available on vinyl, is a perfect example of her distinct musical style. This song features violent beats and tawdry lyrics like, “I will not give a sh** on you. You can just f*** off.”

Nad Mika likes to involve her close friends in her music and onstage with her posse Pam Pom, Patsy Puh, Master Clump, and Dr. Puszy. She also welcomes punk band Sexy Sushi into her musical realm with the song “Girlfriend.” The diverse sounds of Nad Mika and her friends provide unadulterated listening pleasure. Bi-porn star and rapper Houston Bernard makes a special appearance in the song “Special Kick.” Nad Mika screams along with him in the chorus, “Yesterday I had a p****! Now I need a d***!” The two personalities certainly make interesting music together, and the whole album extends the same fun energy on nearly every track.

WARNING! As Nad Mika lyrically vomits sexual innuendos in an absurdly stereotypical German accent, listeners may inexplicably find themselves dancing naked in front of mirrors while smearing whip-cream on their roommates. Nad Mika is entertaining, refreshing, and scandalous. She and her posse welcome listeners with open hand-cuffs to their fabulously trashy world.