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Synth pop revisionist duo Chromeo formed in Montreal in the early 21st century, a project of Audio Research honchos Dave One and Pee Thug. Dave handled the electronics; Pee was the frequently processed vocalist. From the beginning, Chromeo made it clear that artful detachment, cheesy electro-funk breakdowns, and gleaming plastic beats — not serious intent or aggressive musical regime change — were the name of their well-dressed game. The “Destination Overdrive” single appeared in late 2003, complete with the tingling B-side “Needy Girl” (a ringer for Yaz’s “Situation”) and an ever-so-hip DFA remix; the She’s in Control LP dropped from Vice in early February 2004. The duo issued two mixes, 2005’s Un Joli Mix Pour Toi and 2006’s Ce Soir, On Danse, while gigging and working on their second album. Fancy Footwork, which boasted a slicker sound and poppier songwriting, arrived in summer 2007.
The two childhood friends jokingly describe themselves as “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.”
Their song “Needy Girl” is used nationally for Reese’s Cup advertisements and their song “You’re So Gangsta” is used in the video game Space Colony. Their 2007 single Fancy Footwork won CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Award for “Best Sweatin’ to the Indies Song”, and was also featured as a remixed version in the video game Need For Speed. “Rage!” was used in a McDonald’s commercial.
Chromeo recently appeared as the special guest in Episode 10 of Daryl Hall’s monthly performance webcast Live From Daryl’s House.
“Momma’s Boy” was featured on NBC’s show Chuck in the episode “Chuck Versus The Best Friend.”
“Fancy Footwork” was featured on CW’s show “Reaper” in the episode “Dirty Sexy Mongol” (Season 2, Ep 2) which aired March 10 2009.