Imagine a conceptual Soviet disco duo out of LA, whose glamourous theatrics would put America’s Best Dance Crews to shame. Randy what? Would it be any stranger if it was led by the spiffy husband and wife team of Eddie Chacon and Sissy Sainte-Marie, and that’s Would I Lie To You Eddie from Charles and Eddie? Their album Bolshevik Disco (on the excellent Manimal Vinyl label) is a good excuse to trip out and dance in a world of street parties and hotel rooms, where dark 5am episodes never end too badly and the music swells with saturated colours. It’s pretty great and you can hear more on the forthcoming Manimal David Bowie tribute album. The Polyamourous Affair premiere their new video for New York City right here on DD.
Dazed Digital: What’s the concept behind The Polyamorous Affair? Eddie Chacon: We have a strange fascination with the dark underbelly of power and affluence. You know that Roxy Music song, In Every Dream Home a Heartache? We like to combine a sense of a luxury and glamour with a sense of isolation and disconnectedness.
DD: Would I Lie to You was Number 1 in the UK but not the US. Why do you think that was? EC: The UK has a longstanding love affair with the Motown sound of the 70's. I guess Charles and Eddie was part of the early 90's neo-soul movement so we fit right in.
DD: Theatrics play an important role in The Polyamorous Affair. EC: The live show incorporated theatrics including an Orwellian godhead video introduction and we wore Russian military inspired fashion, and did this outrageous fascist disco thing. We just didn't want to blend in with the thousands of other bands. We wanted to do something provocative that would captivate the audience and make sure they had a good time.
DD: Can you introduce the video for New York City? EC: It was shot in New York by director Ravi Dahr, mostly at the Chelsea Hotel, guerilla style. We understand that Sid and Nancy's room has since been broken up into three rooms and we believe our room was one of them. Light bulbs kept busting and flickering. It felt haunted and we loved it.
DD: What's next for 2010? EC: In May Manimal are dropping a deluxe re-issue of our first record. Then just in time for summer we'll drop our third full length record, Strange Bedfellows. We've also recorded a cover of Cat People for Manimal's Bowie Tribute and we'll be touring Europe in the spring and summer.