It is hard to find any material more energising than the music of the New York dance-postpunk band originally from Sacramento, California, who have been delivering blistering live performances for more than 20 years. Frontman Nic Offer's extraordinary stage presence, and entertainingly unique dance moves in tiny shorts help deliver audiences into sweaty rapture, all emanating from the band's razor-sharp rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Funk, camp 70s disco, 90s rave, postpunk and psychedelic guitar all bubble to surface, topped with witty, bitchy lyrics, to bring an unstoppable momentum that is best enjoyed live, The two sample songs come from the 2007 album Myth Takes, and 2017's Shake The Shudder. Their name is offically three exclamation marks, but Chk Chk Chk is the web-friendly spelling.
One drink, two drinks, three drinks, four
She had eyes that I couldn't ignore
Chatted her up out on the dance floor
She was out of cigarettes so I walked her to the store
Skirt pulled up, pushed up against the wall
But she pauses just the take a call
Joanne says "girl, what the fuck are you doing?
All these boys are gonna be your ruin"
Now I can't help but overhear
As I'm kissing from her neck to her ear
Well, if any of them meant it I'd mean it back
It never meant anything but a case of the clap
Girl please let me call you back
'Cause it's all beginning to sound like a rap
Sometimes it's just one of those nights
Ain't you never had it happen to you?
Then you go home too soon, go home too soon
You could blame it on the music
But it wouldn't be right
'Cause I've gotten lucky to some pretty bad tunes
Must be the moon
Must be the moon
Kissing in the cab on the way back 'cross the bridge
She said "love is love but a fuck is what it is"
"And what's that?"
She must have read my mind
'Cause she looked into my eyes and she said "a good time"
She kissed me on the stairs and she kissed me on the porch
She kissed me as I fumbled with the key in the front door
One time, two times, three times, four
But really, who was keeping score?
We did it on the bed and we did it on the floor
But I was surprised when I got the cold shoulder
(The next morning)
She said "you just got me hot, I finished off while you were snoring."
Maybe I've been scared, maybe I've known fear
Now I only know it from the rear view mirror
It wasn't always pretty, it wasn't always nice
The voices in my head gave good advice
Maybe I used to care that life had been unfair
But that's before I realized that I could walk
The old days ain't comin' back, ain't comin' back no more
They might as well be tied up in a sack on the ocean floor
With cement blocks
Sometimes wish come true
But I don't think they would for you
You wish that you were the one, but that's the nature of one
And I'm not one
I know, I know you wish you were
Tell me, tell me, does it hurt?
Don't be mad at me, it's all that I can be
I did not choose for you to lose
Better than best, better than best, I am
Better than best, better than best, I've been
And it's been a couple seconds since I first learned my lesson
That nothing comes from nothing, and dancing is the best revenge
Better than best, better than best, never been lesser than
Better than best, better than best, dancing is the best revenge
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