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Wednesday, February 14, 2021

At first blush, Bloc Party doesn’t look any different from any other homogeneous Brit-pop/alternative band.

So why did I recently purchase their single, “Song for Clay (Disappear Here)”, after listening to barely a snippet of it on iTunes?

Because the lyrics I heard:

People are afraid to merge on the freeway
Disappear here

Confirmed what the title already indicated: The song was inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’ “Less Than Zero”. The novel’s protagonist is named Clay, and “disappear here” and the freeway remark loom large throughout the story. The “disappear here” credo ends up becoming a recurrent theme in Ellis’ later works, culminating rather darkly in “Glamorama”.

Bloc Party don’t base their song wholly on Ellis’ work; the lyrics refer to life in London and a rock star mentality. But the mood of nihilistic detachment shines through.

I’m surprised it took 20+ years for some angsty singers to use “Zero” as source material. It seems like a timeless natural.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/14/2007 11:12:02 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Publishing
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  1. DELIVERING A LESS-THAN-ZERO VIBE…

    To make it crystal-clear that Joe McGinniss Jr. is channeling Bret Easton Ellis’ “Less Than Zero” in his debut effort “The Delivery Man”, he starts off the novel with these three words:
    Find Yourself Here
    A literary echo o…

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