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Viewers have already linked the Netflix darling Stranger Things with Randy Newman’s “Strange Things.” But CJ Simonson of Merry-Go-Round Music has dived into another related property (at least on a titular level): a 2016 album by the English rock band Yuck, which is also called Stranger Things. Simonson’s article, “Stranger Things vs. Stranger Things: The Unnecessary Battle of Identically Named Pieces of 2016 Media,” is decidedly tongue-in-cheek. But that doesn’t stop him from taking his analysis seriously.

Simonson’s examination is broken down into categories like “Bigger Hype Surrounding The Release” (advantage: Netflix), “Sadder Missing Lead: Will Byer vs. Daniel Blumberg” (advantage: Yuck), and “Better Cover Art” (advantage: Netflix). Ultimately, things come down to the all-important “Better Representation Of Nostalgia” category, as the ’80s love-fest of the Netflix series butts heads with the ’90s vibes of the Yuck album. Although he eventually picks a winner, the true selling point of the article is Simonson’s thoughtful, humorous prose:

Yuck’s ’90s rocking was interesting when it was released, but it’s been watered down enough times for people to mostly have lost interest. Hell, I didn’t even realize Yuck had released an album until I was, ironically, looking for the Stranger Things soundtrack on Spotify. A different article should be written about Yuck fans who discovered the new album while looking for the TV shows soundtrack because I’m betting it’s half their audience.

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