Music: The 1975

Adam Hann, Matty Healy, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald.

The 1975 is an English band from Manchester, United Kingdom. Its members are Matthew “Matty” Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), Ross MacDonald (bass), and George Daniel (drums).

A four-piece Alternative Rock/Power Pop/Emo/Alternative Dance/Funk Rock/New Wave/whatever they want to be group, their style has been described by music magazine Paste as “equal parts ethereal and synth pop” with “haunting” and “smooth” vocals. Matty Healy has cited Prince, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, and My Bloody Valentine as his musical influences, but states his greatest influence is the filmmaker John Hughes. Their lyrics explore discovery and novelty in sex, love, drugs, hope, death, and fear, among other themes.

The band is known not only for their unique and eclectic sound but also for their specifically crafted image in the media. The band requested that all paparazzi photos were shot and released in black and white, and all their music videos up until “Girls” were black and white as well. According to Healy, this was inspired Hughes-esque juxtaposition of black and white film with major keys and “classic pop sensibilities."

The band began in 2002, when Matthew Healy, son of Denise Welch and Tim Healy, met Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel in high school. Through a community organization, they began playing gigs in 2004. Healy was originally the group’s drummer but became the vocalist once George Daniel was recruited.

Some of the group's older work can be found under the names “Talkhouse,” “the Slowdown,” “Bigsleep,” and most prominently “Drive Like I Do.” Their current name was inspired by a Beat poetry notebook that Matty Healy found on holiday. The book was dated “1 June, The 1975.” Healy states that his attraction to the name was only Rule of Cool.

After almost a decade of playing together, the band released their first EP, Facedown, in August of 2012. Its lead track “The City” found airplay in the United Kingdom on BBC Radio 1. Their next EP, Sex, had its eponymous track finding great success again. Music For Cars was The 1975’s next EP, released early 2013. The lead single, “Chocolate,” has garnered the major mainstream success and reached number 19 on the UK singles chart. IV, their final EP, was released on May 20, 2013 and its lead single was a new version of “The City.”

In the years leading up to and throughout the release of their E Ps, The 1975 toured extensively, and supported Muse, The Rolling Stones, and The Neighbourhood. They also played festivals including the 2013 Reading and Leeds Festival.

On September 2, 2013, The 1975 released their self-titled debut album. The lead single was a revamped version of “Sex.” The album received mainstream success and was greatly acclaimed, debuting at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.

Most recently, the band played at Coachella 2014 and in the Royal Albert Hall. Matty has stated that they are working on their second studio album, slated for a 2015 release. The first single from the album, "Medicine", was released at the end of 2014.

The 1975 Discography

  • Facedown EP (2012)
  • "The City" (2012)
  • Sex EP (2012)
  • "Sex" (2012)
  • Music for Cars EP (2013)
  • "Chocolate" (2013)
  • IV EP (2013)
  • IV EP (2013, worldwide edition)
  • "The City" (2013, re-recorded version)
  • The 1975 (2013)
  • "Sex" (2013, re-recorded version)
  • "Girls" (2013)
  • "Settle Down" (2014)
  • "Robbers" (2014)
  • "Heart Out" (2014)
  • "Medicine" (2014)

We're never gonna quit troping, no, we're never gonna quit troping, no...

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Sex": "And she said "use your hands in my spare time"..."
  • Arc Words: "Soft sound"
  • Book Ends: "Sex" opens and ends with a loud whirring sound.
  • Corpsing: Matty (silently) loses it at the end of the "Girls" video.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: All of their videos except for the second version of "Sex".
  • Dope Slap: "M.O.N.E.Y.": "I'm searchin' for you, mate, your jaw's all over the place / Can't talk, quick slap in the face..."
  • Drugs Are Bad: "M.O.N.E.Y." Ironically, on the album this song is on, this song is followed by "Chocolate". See Drugs Are Good below.
  • Drugs Are Good: Replace all instances of the word "chocolate" with "marijuana" in "Chocolate", and it makes incredible sense.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Sex".
  • Fading into the Next Song: On The 1975, "Heart Out" —> "Settle Down" —> "Robbers"
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You?"
  • Genre Roulette: The 1975 features influences of Post-Rock, Power Pop, Funk Rock, Pop Music, New Wave, Shoegazing and Jazz.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: Occurs often due to Matty's rather eccentric voice.
  • Intercourse with You: A handful of their songs are about this trope, including "Sex".
  • Irony: The main hook of the song "Talk!", "Why you talk so loud? / Why you talk so?", is basically spoken in all caps.
    • The ordering of "M.O.N.E.Y." and "Chocolate" on The 1975 album. See Drugs Are Bad.
    • Their music is influenced more by the 1980s and the 1990s, rather than the 1970s, but "Pressure" kind of sounds 1970s-ish, what with the guitars, effects and saxophone.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "The 1975" ends with a loud clang, detracting away from the song's ethereal feel. It's also heard briefly at the beginning of the song, and also twice in "Anobrain".
    • Book Ended with "Sex", which opens and closes with an ear-shattering...moan of some sort. At the very end of the song, however, after the moan ends, it closes with a nice guitar chord.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "Is There Somebody Who Could Watch You?".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: A lot of their songs are rather upbeat for songs about the downsides of drugs and sex. "M.O.N.E.Y.", for example, is an upbeat funk song about a boy who wastes his money on cocaine to be cool, but eventually gets hurt badly by it ("Tabs with unlimited 0's / New clothes, bloody nose / Powders and walking back home / Has he got enough weed? No / Broken phone, retching on the floor alone..."), is even called out by the narrator ("I can't believe that we're talking about him!") and eventually gets arrested ("I'm searching you, mate, your jaw's all over the place... / Look, the dog won't bark if you don't lark about...").
  • Miniscule Rocking: "The 1975", "An Encounter", "12", "Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You?" and "Anobrain".
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly
  • No Fourth Wall: The protagonist in "M.O.N.E.Y." is apparently so bad that even Matty himself calls him out for what he's done. See Lyrical Dissonance.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "The 1975", "An Encounter", "Robbers", "Menswear", "12".
  • Not Safe for Work: The videos to "Robbers" and, obviously, "Sex".
  • Periphery Demographic: The band is very popular among scene kids, of all people.
  • Precision F-Strike: "You": "And it's not my fault/that I fucked everybody here".
    • "Sex": "And I'm not trying to stop you, love/But if we can't do anything, we might as well just fuck". (It's funny how iTunes in America gives "Sex" an "Explicit" label, but not the others. Could double as using a Censor Decoy for Getting Crap Past the Radar.)
    • "Heart Out": "Your obsession with rocks and brown and fucking the whole town/is a reflection on your mental health".
    • "Girls": "Well, shouldn't you be fucking with somebody your age instead of making changes?"
  • Refrain from Assuming: "Sex" is NOT called "She's Got a Boyfriend Anyway", nor is "Chocolate" called "We're Never Gonna Quit It" or "Guns Hidden Under Our Petticoats".
  • Retraux: Matthew Healy says that the band's sound is influenced by John Hughes movies from the 1980s. On songs like "Sex", "Girls" or "Heart Out", it shows.
  • Rhyming with Itself: "Chocolate" is a rather extreme one. Two whole lines rhyme with themselves:
    Oh, we go where nobody knows
    With guns hidden under our petticoats
    Oh, we're never gonna quit, never, never gonna quit it, no
    Hey, now we're dressed in black from head to toe
    With guns hidden under our petticoats
    We're never gonna quit it, never, never gonna quit it, no
  • Self-Titled Album: Their debut album.
  • Shout-Out: The video for "Heart Out" could be seen as one to the "Badder" segment in Moonwalker, as it centers around a performance of the song done by kids at a talent show.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: The "Girls" video is both a spoof on this trope and somewhat of a 2010s spin on Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible" video.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Matthew Healy speaks with a typical deep English-accented voice, but when he sings he has a squeaky high-pitched voice.