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Why we chose to re-press CSS’ 2006 debut album Cansei De Ser Sexy

Updated: Jul 19


Come March, members of Waxx Lyrical have the chance to get their hands around our exclusive re-pressing of Sao Paulo’s CSS’ debut album Cansei De Ser Sexy for the first time since 2006. You’ve been super patient waiting for this one and we thank you – it’s not only our first international exclusive where we get to work with the band directly, but also the mighty Sub Pop Records - that's a kinda big deal! It’s almost a bit surreal. It also comes in a package not to be denied – slick, alternate artwork and pressed on bright yellow wax, individually numbered and strictly limited to 250 copies. Who knows when this could get pressed again.

Why did we choose to give this particular album the royal Waxx Lyrical treatment? Well first of all, our fearless founder Sam Flinn goes mad for it, and that’s usually enough of a reason. I can only assume a younger version of himself is just bursting on the inside right about now. To fully understand why this record even entered our periphery, we’d have to go back to 2006.

What a time! The late 90s into the early and mid-noughties was one of the true golden periods of music in recent memory. Well, recent enough. It was a time when indie rock ruled and suddenly it was cool as fuck to un-ironically dance to guitars again. Paving the way were bands like The Strokes, The Vines, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The White Stripes, The Libertines, The Von Bondies, Arctic Monkeys, the Killers, Bloc Party, Interpol, the Hives, Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs, most of which dominated mix CDs and party playlists and continue to do so today. It was a glorious time – the term ‘post punk’ was coined to encompass bands like these, the ones that took the essence of punk and retained its iconoclastic stance, but stretched it even further, experimenting with musical structures and lyrical themes.

I could go on and on for a remarkably long time about this movement in quite a serious tone, but I digress, without it CSS might never have existed. Though, a repeated spin of their debut album 14 years later suggests they sure didn’t take it too seriously. Portuguese for “tired of being sexy”, Cansei de Ser Sexy was almost too good to be true when it arrived in 2006. Here’s this band – young and eye-catching, fun and Brazilian – who seem like they could kick out the broken new wave with high-art irony and unabashed silliness in their sleep. It’s a metric fuck tonne of fun, and if that wasn’t enough, they’re also friends with Diplo!

This one means a lot to us. It’s an iconic record of the 2000s - it sounded like nothing else back then, it was unmistakably CSS and it hasn’t had a press in much too long. It’s sassy, sexy, a bit naughty and a whole lot of fun, something the world needs right now, and this is as good an excuse as any to keep it alive.

Cansei de Ser Sexy is available to pre-order now.

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