"The idea of youth- wasted, gilded or otherwise- has always featured prominently in M83's music. 'I loved being a teenager,' says Anthony Gonzalez, who is M83. 'That's when I discovered music and started to take drugs and party with my friends.'
That time of discovery- and of course the era in which Gonzalez was a teenager- greatly impacted the making of Saturdays=Youth. 'On this record I wanted to have the feeling of a teenager mixed with this period of the Eighties,' Gonzalez explains.
If the doomy synthetic romance of his earlier work hinted at a fetish for Eighties goth staples such as Sisters of Mercy and The Cure, this album's chiming astro-pop finds Gonzalez taking a stroll on the sunnier side of the decade. Main influences for the album are English bands such as Tears For Fears and Cocteau Twins, as well as classic John Hughes teen movies such as 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Sixteen Candles' (The red-haired Molly Ringwald look-alike on the cover is no mistake)."