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The New Jem Music Video Fails to Truly Truly Truly Outrage

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In the latest promo for the Jem and the Holograms movie, Universal has released what amounts to a music video for the film’s original song “Youngblood.” And it’s... okay.

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Let’s be fair here: the songs in the 1980s cartoon weren’t exactly solid gold. Compared to “classic” Jem songs like “Music Is Magic,” this is Grammy material. But there must be a closer modern equivalent to Jem’s glam synth-pop than the kind of Taylor Swift lite you hear on all movie soundtracks aimed at female Millennials. Heck, Jem could take a cue from her diva gown above and go the Lady Gaga route.

In related news, Synergy distressingly continues to be a tiny robot projector.

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The problem is, okay, there are several problems with this song, but the main one is that the sound does not match the look. Why dress like electroclash/alt rockers if you do basic, Starbucks muzak pop?

I would love an updated Jem movie that has an alt rock/electroclash sound to it. Not to mention, there are many, many girl fronted or all girl bands in that genre that could help fill out your soundtrack. Like;

Robots in Disguise that already sound like they came from the Jem cartoon

Miss Kitten

Ladytron

Le Tigre

They had a chance to make this movie really unique. They dropped the ball and that’s a shame.