I'm predicting/guessing AC Newman listened to this song (and its album) many, many times in the period during or just prior to writing or thinking about songs, lyrics, tunes for Mass Romantic and Electric Version.
AC Newman using Neko Case on those two listed New Pornographers albums resembles Anton Fier using Syd Straw on the two Golden Palominos albums Visions of Excess and Blast of Silence.
The ways Syd Straw colored the two GP albums? Hey it's right there again, with Neko Case on the two NP albums.
A lot of the music made in the early and mid 1980s got screwed by idiotic money-chasing record labels who hired "producers" to square-peg-into-round-hole whatever band was available to the $-grubber "band manager" or "promoter" with contacts to someone at some record label. And to lesser degree, by bands being immature and unwilling to believe their own sound ideas were worth following. But mostly, because it was so often done against artists' wills, we can blame the record labels and the other vampires who do not create anything themselves, but instead make money by taking others' creations and then repackaging those creations.
In the 1980s, what did record label idiots do to fuck with and perhaps even destroy the vibrant musical talent offered to them?
They were like Ron Bailey at the Silent T, and couldn't leave anything in its natural state, and had to create synthetic reality.
Therefore: synthesizers were over-used and, for reasons I'll never understand, were treated through filters that killed everything below mid-range. So the music was thin, shrill, tinny, and without any solid foundation.
Some bands managed to avoid getting tainted by the money-grubbing producers and record label promoters, and/or by lack of self-respect leading to following whatever seems like a popular trend of the moment, sonics/vibe wise, in whatever musical niche one occupies.
These two GP albums are among the handful created in that decade which don't sound squashed like a bug, or like they're being rendered through a kazoo chorus. I can see why Newman would want to emulate either of them, but especially the Blast of Silence one. Visions of Excess was a bit too grindy, dour and visceral for an upbeat and only slightly sarcastic pop band like New Pornographers.
-- Karl Franz Ochstradt, who thinks you should own this album.