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Schurik
Sep 13, 2008

DEATH IS CERTAIN



You know, that sweaty, neo-noir, crime-filled, seeding, pulsating dubsteppy, synthy, bubblegum-chewing, sunglasses-wearing, underbelly of Miami, and man I'm out of similes.

Movies, music, games, whatever floats your boat! Books would be great, but this is a very sensory genre, so I'm guessing it'd be hard to find one. Here are some obvious examples that got me into this style, would love to hear some less obvious or well-known ones.

I'll be adding stuff to the OP if I think it fits the bill. If I don't add your suggestion, that's just my specific taste speaking!



Movies

First off, the one that solidifies this as a genre in my mind:

Drive


Slow, dark, broody and a perfect sountrack

Spring Breakers


Not what you'd expect, captures the day of the genre as well as the night

Enter the Void


Just a mindfuck, best dosed together with illicit substances

Hobo with a Shotgun


Intentionally b-grade horror flick, violent and grungy

Only God Forgives




Music


Outrun by Kavinsky
Nightcall from the Drive soundtrack, his other stuff is great too


Perturbator
More 80's synth electro goodness


Com Truise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMjCxV7u8OA


Lazerhawk


Mitch Murder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzV-5zeZlhs


Danger
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRMh3OJqsFo


VHS HEAD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WYIKIQpebY


Flashworx


Games



Hotline Miami
The reigning champion. Fast paced, 2D oldschool neon gorefest.


GTA: Vice City
Nothing to say here. It's out for tablets!


[b]Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

A bit too self aware for its own good, but fits the bill regardless.


[b]Double Dragon Neon

Like Blood Dragon, mightily self-aware, but en excellent example

Schurik fucked around with this message at Aug 21, 2013 around 19:46

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Lars!
Oct 22, 2010


Hobo With A Shotgun may not spring to mind immediately, but parts of it are just SOAKED in the grungy neon greens and pinks, and boy does it bring the murder, gore, drugs, and arcade games. I say it qualifies.

Phetz
Nov 7, 2008

Because no one in line for one is ever happy.


Hobo With A Shotgun so qualifies! Also, Power Glove did the soundtrack for it (along with the excellent FC3: Blood Dragon soundtrack) if there was still any doubt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CXvBzY_grc

Also I love the music video for Brokendate for Com Truise, which I think qualifies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMjCxV7u8OA

There's a ton of awesomely synth-y "retro wave" (or whatever it's called) music out there. You got Lazerhawk, Com Truise, Tesla Boy, Makeup & Vanity Set, and basically anything on Rosso Corsa Records just to name a few.

Pollyanna
Mar 5, 2005

?


We have a serious lack of Double Dragon Neon here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfs2gNNFgTg

Schurik
Sep 13, 2008

DEATH IS CERTAIN


I'm gonna add stuff to the OP if I think it fits the bill, keep 'em coming!

Lars!
Oct 22, 2010


Pollyanna posted:

We have a serious lack of Double Dragon Neon here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfs2gNNFgTg

I had a serious lack of Double Dragon Neon in my life! I think that whole game was made as an excuse to write a unique 80s-style song for every in-game special power.

Ygolonac
Nov 26, 2007

Seeing animals in pain is fucking HILARIOUS. Can't crop that out, Buddy!


Michael Mann's MANHUNTER from 1986, the first adaptation of Thomas Harris' RED DRAGON; Paul Michael Glaser's BAND OF THE HAND, also from '86, and big chunks of it feel like they raided Mann's sets.

MANHUNTER had a pretty electro sountrack, but BotH didn't really stick in my memory for music.

Schurik
Sep 13, 2008

DEATH IS CERTAIN


Ygolonac posted:

Michael Mann's MANHUNTER from 1986, the first adaptation of Thomas Harris' RED DRAGON; Paul Michael Glaser's BAND OF THE HAND, also from '86, and big chunks of it feel like they raided Mann's sets.

MANHUNTER had a pretty electro sountrack, but BotH didn't really stick in my memory for music.

Great suggestions, but I think an important attribute of what specifically I'm looking for is the fact that it's modern, and deliberately a throwback. Otherwise 90% of actual 80's stuff would classify. Again, not coming down on you, just outlining a bit.

powerofrecall
Jun 26, 2009

Jeez... I wish I didn't have to meet him like this.


Schurik posted:

Great suggestions, but I think an important attribute of what specifically I'm looking for is the fact that it's modern, and deliberately a throwback. Otherwise 90% of actual 80's stuff would classify. Again, not coming down on you, just outlining a bit.

That's kind of boring though and also Michael Mann is a huge part of the whole aesthetic that's being imitated. Especially Thief which Drive owes a lot to--and Miami Vice, which is 90% of the aesthetic anyway.

e: to contribute something that fits the throwback criteria, Arcade High

powerofrecall fucked around with this message at Jul 11, 2013 around 02:19

Uncle Salty
Jan 19, 2008
BOYS

This is an awesome thread. Are there novels or comix which fit the genre?

Schurik
Sep 13, 2008

DEATH IS CERTAIN


Uncle Salty posted:

This is an awesome thread. Are there novels or comix which fit the genre?

Yeah, I'm wondering about that too. It's almost impossible to search on your own for new stuff, any help from you folks would be appreciated!

HP Hovercraft
Dec 31, 2005

...theres gonna be some kind of sea urchin...

The Miami Vice movie by Michael Mann is super underrated. Harmony Korine said it was the biggest influence on Spring Breakers.

Desperado Bones
Aug 29, 2009

Cute, adorable, and creepy at the same time!


Thanks to this thread I started to watch Miami Connection. Man, I missed real 80's movies. That film is my whole childhood.


Trapper Keppers count?









swamp waste
Nov 4, 2009

9500 YEARS CALL FOR DESTRUCTION


Schurik posted:

Great suggestions, but I think an important attribute of what specifically I'm looking for is the fact that it's modern, and deliberately a throwback. Otherwise 90% of actual 80's stuff would classify. Again, not coming down on you, just outlining a bit.

I don't think you should stick with this, it'll make you miss sweet stuff you might not have known about that informed this aesthetic to begin with. Diva was one of the key movies in this style and i'd never heard of it til recently. Fallen Angels and Chungking Express too, though those are from the 90s. Fallen Angels is on Netflix now.

Lazlo Nibble
Jan 9, 2004

It was Weasleby, by God! At last I had the miserable blighter precisely where I wanted him!

If we're sticking to recently created stuff, Cadillac does some amazing '80s-throwback neon electropop:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8RLcoc5pM4

The Italians Do It Better label are influenced by the aesthetic but have a sparser take on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgv88ZLi6LY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdV5fnwTwZM

If you like that sound you could do way worse than to pick up Symmetry's Themes from an Imaginary Film, much of which was composed for Drive (2011, not 1997 unfortunately).

I'm also going to cheat back to actual '80s stuff and recommend To Live And Die In L.A. as a solid sundrenched/SoCal take on the neon/Miami theme (great soundtrack too), and if you want to dig into the real nighttime neon city wasteland of the '80s music scene...look no further.

Steam has Hotline Miami on sale for $2.50 until noon Saturday, by the way.

girth brooks part 2
Sep 6, 2011

Tell us we will die like dogs.


Mitch Murder

Also neros77's Youtube Channel. They edit videos together for a lot of these musicians, and I think a lot of them are neat.

A couple of my favorite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzV-5zeZlhs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB3ibdil2UM

Caveman Cat
Oct 20, 2012


The album "R.E.T.R.O." By Mind in a Box, essentially a tribute to Commodore 64 games and music. Here are some highlights.

8 bits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEOLPDOKdtY

I Love 64
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RoilEVFuKU

Caveman Cat fucked around with this message at Jul 13, 2013 around 08:58

stratdax
Sep 14, 2006


French DJ known as Danger is along the lines of all the artists posted so far. He's quite good. Here's his Myspace with some tracks: https://myspace.com/2emedanger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRMh3OJqsFo

Schurik
Sep 13, 2008

DEATH IS CERTAIN


swamp waste posted:

I don't think you should stick with this, it'll make you miss sweet stuff you might not have known about that informed this aesthetic to begin with. Diva was one of the key movies in this style and i'd never heard of it til recently. Fallen Angels and Chungking Express too, though those are from the 90s. Fallen Angels is on Netflix now.

Yeah, as I said earlier, I'm not dismissing it or anything. The inspiration came from recent stuff though, so that's the driving force behind this thread. Doesn't mean that classics are unwelcome! Adding new stuff to the OP later.

Polygoon Window
Oct 5, 2005
I eat for christ.

VHS Head supposedly creates the entirety of his music by sampling his extensive and obscure VHS collection, a good many coming from this time period.

If you've never heard it before you really owe it to yourself to check out his lp Trademark Ribbons of Gold .

http://youtu.be/B0QmwvnQOZU

Mousepractice
Jan 30, 2005

A pint of plain is your only man

The Warriors has some great moments along these lines, plus it's totally classic and endlessly quotable. Sure, there's not that much flashing neon, but it's got slightly surreal, tense and lovably camp atmosphere to spare.

check these stylish as hell opening titles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p7EE1F80fU

watch out for these bad dudes (great soundtrack on this bit, I seem to recall)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3AXTHvqPvw

Can You Dig It?

Uncle Salty posted:

This is an awesome thread. Are there novels or comix which fit the genre?

Novels: NB All of these are kind of precursors or antecedents of the genre in question, but again, they've got the atmosphere down
Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami (Bizarre 1980s Tokyo sex-punk wierdness)
Night and the City by Gerald Kersh (A seedy pimp in 1950s Soho goes off the deep end)
Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon (crime/thriller in occupied France)
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (like Cabaret but much ruder & funnier)
The first bit of Neuromancer I guess? (Everyone's read Neuromancer by now, surely)

Mousepractice fucked around with this message at Jul 13, 2013 around 15:34

Ambitious Spider
Feb 13, 2012


Tron Legacy fits. I only saw it once in theaters but thought it was fun.

Lazlo Nibble
Jan 9, 2004

It was Weasleby, by God! At last I had the miserable blighter precisely where I wanted him!

Schurik posted:


Outrun by Kavinsky
Nightcall from the Drive soundtrack, his other stuff is great too
They launched a Kavinsky iOS app the other day. It's a short cell-shaded/3D beat-em-up/driving game scored with music from the Outrun album.

Mad Man Pusco
Nov 4, 2012


old Miami Vice

Anatharon
Aug 6, 2010



I don't have any cool album covers for it, but Scattle rocks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJGmoWE5rnM

Basically anyone who had music featured in HLM is great.

Phetz
Nov 7, 2008

Because no one in line for one is ever happy.


Casa del Mirto have done some great Miami Vice/generally great synthpop-y stuff in the past few years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_NkMVgf7TQ

Also Games did some pretty great stuff in this category:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQoeQ_YziWM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5scYXIvAr7w

Phetz fucked around with this message at Jul 15, 2013 around 07:47

Kracken
Sep 25, 2006

Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up at the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake ...

Anything Jan Hammer did for Miami Vice.

Crockett's Return is a personal favorite.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pjO1Do5qxU


And neros77 has already been mentioned, but the NewRetroWave channel is also a goldmine.

http://www.youtube.com/user/NewRetroWave

So is Maniac Synth

http://www.youtube.com/user/ManiacSynth

Palpatine MD
Jan 31, 2012

Passionate about your involuntary euthanasia.


Studio Killers are the Neon-Underground counterpart to the Gorillaz. They make great synth-pop with an 80s veneer, and have the aesthetics to match.

Eros & Apollo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_QnHKblsKk

All Men are Pigs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFTL3pBnR2Y

Ode to the Bouncer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo-EmtXbFRg

heiden
May 31, 2005

by Pipski


Thanks to this thread I discovered VHS' amazing 'Trademark Ribbons of Gold', definitely belongs in the OP

Flinger
Oct 16, 2012


Nightsatan bill themself as "lasermetal"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LkVe7rty1Y

Schurik
Sep 13, 2008

DEATH IS CERTAIN


heiden posted:

Thanks to this thread I discovered VHS' amazing 'Trademark Ribbons of Gold', definitely belongs in the OP

Agreed!

SALT CURES HAM
Jan 3, 2011
Probation
Can't post for 45 hours!


Only God Forgives is, by design, kinda like bizarro Drive.



It has a lot of the same aesthetics, but it's far more abstract and surreal, and transplants the action to Bangkok. It also has a loving fantastic score.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZSuR7FfIvo

SALT CURES HAM fucked around with this message at Jul 25, 2013 around 17:39

scalded schlong
Sep 20, 2003



A bunch of YOSPOS posters have neon blue/violet avatars now. That's kinda 80's.

Also, Outrun by Kavinsky's been mentioned but I haven't seen mention of Outrun Europa, which appears to be some sort of big collaborative effort involving a bunch of artists. It's available for free download!

I also recently bought this EP simply because the album art is amazing.



Although the music is pretty good too.

Hummingbirds
Feb 17, 2011



Penguingo posted:

A bunch of YOSPOS posters have neon blue/violet avatars now. That's kinda 80's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color..._graphics_modes

Jonad
Oct 24, 2010

-Marissa Explains It All-



I like how only one of the palates is capable of displaying black and white at the same time without programming trickery. Your Standard Graphics Modes are a Piece of poo poo.


Lazlo Nibble posted:

The Italians Do It Better label are influenced by the aesthetic but have a sparser take on it:

How can you mention IDIB without Desire? They also contributed to the Drive soundtrack but they have a whole album out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJqhUbHEpGM

On the topic of music, here's Com Truise's remix of Foster the People's Helena Beat in an unofficial music video composed of clips from Dario Argent's giallo horror masterpiece Suspiria. It was filmed in 1977 but its dark yet vibrant lighting and cinematography fit pretty well in the genre. (May be for gore)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix3GCzROOvI

Caveman Cat
Oct 20, 2012


The music of Gatekeeper. new school 80's synth revival with a lurid, VHS horror movie twist.

Optimus Maximus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldiwDB_m3As

Visions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuNhlslqwAw

JebanyPedal
Feb 17, 2011

Pan American nightmare
Ten thousand feet fun-fair
Convinced that I don't care
It's safe as houses I swear
I was just sitting musing
The virtues of cruising
When altitude dropping
My ears started popping
One more red nightmare


powerofrecall posted:

That's kind of boring though and also Michael Mann is a huge part of the whole aesthetic that's being imitated. Especially Thief which Drive owes a lot to--and Miami Vice, which is 90% of the aesthetic anyway.

e: to contribute something that fits the throwback criteria, Arcade High

Thief is essentially just a better Drive with more coherent characters and an anti-hero that makes sense and a better finale.

EDIT: Oh, for content.

Public Image Ltd. - The Order of Death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSyuhF6eNiY
This song is better than most of that droning faux 80's poo poo because it at least has a melody and some kind of cohesive theme to it rather than just blase imitation of a sound that people can't seem to properly replicate with simple poorly atmospheric synth riffs.

JebanyPedal fucked around with this message at Aug 4, 2013 around 06:16

Jerry Cotton
Nov 25, 2010

There's only one bear I could ever truly love.

Can-O-Raid posted:

I like how only one of the palates is capable of displaying black and white at the same time without programming trickery. Your Standard Graphics Modes are a Piece of poo poo.

Nah, the hardware allows you to freely choose the fourth colour in any of the 4-colour palettes from the whole 16-colour palette.poo poo, that changes nothing.

Datasmurf
Jan 19, 2009

Carpe Noctem

Easystreet - an electronic duo from SF. http://www.youtube.com/user/SexyEasystreet

Even their websites is 80s neon.

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chefvinny
Apr 5, 2009


'Beyond the Black Rainbow' is available on Netflix - a movie that's very similar in pacing to 'The House of the Devil', but with a much more stylized approach to '80's horror. While opinions are pretty much split on both films, their style alone makes them worth watching.

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