arbiter of cool, issue 12

song: "crying at the discoteque" by alcazar

Music video by Alcazar performing Crying At The Discoteque. (C) 2000 BMG Sweden.

another euro memory.  i recall watching this in italy on MTV (in ancient times when they played music videos) while lounging on the sofa with my cousins.  i remember thinking, "what the...?  oh well.  whatever."  


  • extremely catchy and danceable
  • contains the line "you wore a tie like richard gere..."
  • features people wearing animal masks
  • "discoteque" is in the title


  • none


"l'amore arriva quando lo si smette di desiderare ansiosamente.  e' l'ossessivo attaccamento ai desideri, di qualunque natura siano, che impedisce di realizzarli.  l'ideale e' desiderare senza avere bisogno."  

"love arrives when you stop anxiously craving it.  it's the obsessive attachment to desires, of any kind, that makes it more difficult to create them.  the ideal is to desire without needing." - from a horoscope of a 2007 issue of the italian vanity fair.  


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something inspiring/exciting/beautiful/powerful:

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