While the new Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” by Rogue Vogue (feat. Patrick Baker) will certainly make you boogie & fill you full of 80s nostalgia, the track evokes a more specific 80s memory for me. Cyclist’s remix conjures up the persona of some of my favorite 80s anti-heroes & reminds me of all things that made me want to be like them when I was younger. They were the type of anti-heroes who armed themselves with self-deprecating humor & absurdity who somehow always managed to be the coolest person in the room. Ridiculous & witty, always managing to get the girl & solve the case. Acting a fool but playing it cool. Not an easy thing to do. The Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” evokes memories of movies that starred these type of anti-heroes. Movies (with underrated soundtracks) like “Fletch” or “Real Genius”. They were playful & upbeat yet somehow mysterious & seductive.
It’s difficult for me to accept the “this song has an 80s vibe to it” generalization and just leave it at that. Sometimes specificity (even if it’s something as absurd as comparing the song to a Chevy Chase film) is the only way to let someone know that a song brings out the 80s anti-hero in them.