Limousine’s Wrestling ☯ Wave is a kitsch jaunt to a past that never existed
The opening track to Limousine’s Wrestling ☯ Wave sounds like someone is channel hopping until they land on something they like, and in this case it’s Golden Age WWF/WCW. Wrestling in the 1980’s and 1990’s were fantastic. The matches were well structured, the outcomes spit sofas and living rooms the world over and the heels were second to none. I’ve always liked heels more than the faces, but you’re meant to right? So what does all this have to do with a music review in December I can hear you ask. The answer is simple. Limousine has taken snippets from promos, interview spots, commentaries and crafted beneath them music that not only evokes that times, but compliments wrestling samples. Wrestling ☯ Wave is that album.
Throughout Wrestling ☯ Wave there is a feeling of nostalgia. It’s the kind of nostalgia that Douglas Coupland has spent a career explaining. But like Coupland, this nostalgia doesn’t really exist. While the music is sounds like ‘classic’ wrestling themes associated with the wrestlers in the samples, the crux is that these themes never really existed, apart from Excellence, which sounds exactly like Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart’s theme. Instead Limousine has taken the codes and conventions of vapour/chill/synth wave and created something different instead. Wrestle Wave.
Is Wrestle Wave here to stay or is this just a flash of kitschy brilliance? Who knows, but like the original art form there is a guilty pleasure derived from finding out!