I made my first major life purchase at age five. It was a poo brown Furby. I got about a dollar a week spending money allowance for feeding the dog and cleaning things poorly, and I’m pretty sure a Furby went for 19.99 in those days. Which means I spent almost a half a year of my young life saving for what turned out to be essentially a toy manufacturer’s approximation of demonic possession.
Incidentally, Furbies still exist, which is something I didn’t know until tonight. I’m happy to see that they’ve moved away from the weird mohawk aesthetic, which, even as a child, struck me as ill-advised. Though I notice they’ve replaced the tufty hair of the originals with a vaguely threatening light probe thing. Perhaps it is in some way connected with the ominous “in-app surprises” promised by their ad. God help us all.
Family Friends are a London / Melbourne-based brother sister duo. “I’m Like You” is from their forthcoming EP, out this month. The band describes the song: “It’s about finding another weirdo whose weirdness makes total sense to you. That’s love.”