Coco & Clair Clair have become a viral sensation with their bratty, braggadocio, and funny-as-hell lyricism that takes aim at whack dudes, jealous girls, the NRA, bosses that actually expect them to show up to work, and basically anyone who isn’t as cool as them, which is essentially everyone. Backed by self-produced club beats and twinkling hyperpop, each song on their 2022 debut full-length Sexy is more addictive than the last. Lines like “Your receding hairline is somewhere in a ditch” and “Girl built like a vape pen and think that she compare” are spit-take worthy and show an almost-unmatchable prowess for hilarious burns.
Something they don’t get enough credit for is their entrepreneurial spirit. Completely self-made, they produce/write all their music, direct their music videos, release their music without label support, and have complete control over every aspect of their image. To keep connected with fans, they regularly post vlogs on their YouTube of the two of them hanging out and fucking around on tour, giving fans insight into their lives and their very real and deep friendship.On top of being bandmates and creative partners, they're truly best friends. It's an incredibly beautiful thing to witness.
We caught up with Coco & Clair Clair when they were in Seattle in March and joined them for a timeless friend experience: record shopping. Meeting up at Neptune Music Co., we asked them to pick five records that either meant something to them or that they just gravitated towards. While those parameters weren’t exactly followed, the results were an insightful and surprising peek into the minds and lives of Coco & Clair Clair. Read their picks below.
Prince - Batman
"So everything I chose is basically inspired by tour because it's hard to find stuff. So I was like, 'Okay, these things are at the top of my mind right now.' I love Prince a lot and I never knew that he did the whole soundtrack for this fucking movie because I don't watch Batman ever. But I will now watch this. But I listened to this the first week of tour at South by Southwest and fell in love with it."
Evelyn “Champagne” King - “Hold On To What You’ve Got” 12” Single
"Evelyn 'Champagne' King reminds me of home and my mom because we were always singing her in the car. I don't know this particular album at all, but I do know her work pretty well. And so it was nice to see this to be reminded at home while we're on tour.
America - Live in Central Park
"I chose this because we've been listening to this in the van driving to all the places we're going. 'Ventura Highway' also is cool because Janet Jackson sampled that song and then also 'Tin Man,' we always sing this America song at karaoke every time we do karaoke. So at some point on this tour will be singing this live somewhere."
Todd Rundgren - Healing
"It's crazy we found this because, first of all, I love Todd Rundgren and we were listening to this as we got ready this morning to come do this. So, really cool. Love him. Also saw him live once and he had super tight pants on...that's all I'm going to say."
Kevin Lyttle - Kevin Lyttle
"I forgot which show it was after, but our DJ is from Amsterdam and he has not ever heard... he didn't even hear 'Bedrock' for the first time until this fucking tour! So I chose this because we were blasting this after I think the L.A. show or something and it has that song [sings] "Turn me on /Turn me on!" Just this iconic staple of childhood and fun."
Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden
"This is one of the first records I ever bought for myself. And I only bought it because I thought it was a funny album cover, with like the face she's making and the font on her head. I thought that was so random. But I actually really love this album and I love 'Rose Garden.'"
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
"I chose this Beyoncé album because it's one of my favorites and I've never seen this cover before. I don't know if I've ever seen it in CD form. I think this was the digital one she dropped randomly. Anyway, I love this album. I still listen to like all the songs all the time."
REO Speedwagon - Life As We Know It
"Coco actually helped me find this. This is one of my all-time favorite bands. I'm obsessed with REO Speedwagon and my favorite song is on here, 'In My Dreams.' I used to always try to play them at parties and at shows I would make Coco cover the songs with us when we didn't have enough to play."
The Singing Nun - Zuster Glimlach
"I have no clue what this is, but I was drawn to the cover and I Googled it, and it says it's really angelic and spiritual and beautiful. So I think I would love this. I think it's like half story, like nuns are traveling somewhere, and these are the hymns they sing or something like that, which sounds really beautiful. It's French, too."
Dumbo (VHS Film)
"My last selection is actually a movie, but we've been on like a Disney kick – Dumbo specifically. Super sad movie, really haunted and dark but beautiful ending, and a beautiful message. And I would kill to watch this on VHS again. I think it'd probably look beautiful. But I'm always sending Dumbo GIFs to people when I want them to feel bad for me because he's so sad. I always just cry looking at the GIFs."
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