Throw That Beat in the Garbagecan! (named after a B52's song, although the exclamation point is their own touch) are a quirky, alternative, pop band from Germany. One web site from the UK goes so far as to call them "Germany's top pop band." They did win MTV Europe's award for best new band in 1993. But they're impossible to find in the US, even though the band sings totally in English (with the exception of one of my favorite songs, "Je Pense Toujours À Toi"). I stumbled across one of the few albums of theirs that you can buy here, The Cool Album, and fell in love immediately. Throw That Beat! is what I thought The Cure sounded like until I actually listened to a Cure album. That's not to say that they don't sound similar, but -- and I'm sure I'll get a lot of flack for this -- Throw That Beat! is so much better.
The band has three singers. The first two are female vocalists, Iwie Candy and Lotsi Lapislazuli, whose voices are so unbelievably adorable that I melt when I hear them. The third belongs to the genius behind the band, songwriter Klaus Cornfield, whose cartoonish voice is also so soft and fuzzy that you can't help feeling warm and happy when you listen to his songs. There's also a hefty helping of geek in his voice -- almost as if he's the illegitimate love-child of John Linnell and Robert Smith.
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