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Information Society Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 25 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 44.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LDM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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1. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
2. Tomorrow
3. Lay All Your Love On Me
4. Repetition
5. Walking Away
6. Over The Sea
7. Attitude
8. Something In The Air
9. Running
10. Make It Funky

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Information Society

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The earliest incarnation of this Minnesota band of tech-geeks was essentially a rock band with a deep love for club music, and their first widely distributed record splits the difference. The hit "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)," featuring a Leonard Nimoy sample, is essentially the great lost Duran Duran single, but the rest of the album is pleasingly all over the place. "Walking Away" owes as much to Latin freestyle as it does to mainstream dance-rock, "Lay All Your Love on Me" lights a fire under Abba's tailbone, and the last few tracks slow the tempo way down to an electro crawl. The album is inconsistent and fillery, but it demonstrates a bunch of routes dance music might have gone in the late '80s and didn't quite. --Douglas Wolk

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It was 1988. After years of playing in small clubs, Kurt Harland (who was known as Kurt Valaquen back then), Jim Cassidy, Paul Robb and, later on, Amanda Kramer, struck a record deal with Tommy Boy/Warner Bros and recorded their first album without realizing that it would be their ticket to this crazy roller coaster ride called fame. Of course, they had to make some sacrifices : their electronic, Kraftwerk-influenced music, in order to be more top-40, radio-friendly, was turned into a brilliant blend of pop, funk and dance that would propel Information Society to the top of the charts. The first single off their eponymous effort, What's on your mind (which has one of the catchiest choruses ever in my opinion), was an instant success in the summer of '88 and still remains one of the most memorable songs from the synth-pop era. With a profusion of Star Trek samples and infectious beats, the rest of the album is equally satisfying, with Walking Away and Something in the Air among the highlights. InSoc was never able to repeat the success of their first album, but it was enough to give them a loyal and still surprisingly-large fan base and make people dance for decades to come.
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Anyone who hasn't heard of Information Society is to be pitied. Alas, the pitiable are many.
Information Society's first album is very worthy of Human League, too. Almost every track has a very strong percussive foundation.
Interestingly, and probably for the reason above, this is a CD that one is likely to appreciate a great deal on first hearing. On a large minority of the tracks, the other components of the song are not as impressive as the background, and one tends to notice these more after a few hearings. Perhaps in this regard, they differ a little from Human League, whose strengths are not in background to as great an extent.
"What's on your Mind" is very reminiscent of Human League (and, as someone pointed out, of Duran Duran) and a very good track indeed. But other fine contributions abound: "Over the Sea", "Running", "Walking Away" and the well-conceived version of Abba's "Lay all your Love on Me". (Indeed, it is instructive to compare their version of the last with Erasure's of 2 years later).
A final strength is that all tracks but one are over 3.5 minutes in length, with several well over 4 minutes. Well worth purchasing, especially 12 years later.
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Anyone who hasn't heard of Information Society is to be pitied. Alas, the pitiable are many.
Information Society's first album is very worthy of Human League, too. Almost every track has a very strong percussive foundation.
Interestingly, and probably for the reason above, this is a CD that one is likely to appreciate a great deal on first hearing. On a large minority of the tracks, the other components of the song are not as impressive as the background, and one tends to notice these more after a few hearings. Perhaps in this regard, they differ a little from Human League, whose strengths are not in background to as great an extent.
"What's on your Mind" is very reminiscent of Human League (and, as someone pointed out, of Duran Duran) and a very good track indeed. But other fine contributions abound: "Over the Sea", "Running", "Walking Away" and the well-conceived version of Abba's "Lay all your Love on Me". (Indeed, it is instructive to compare their version of the last with Erasure's of 2 years later).
Well worth purchasing, especially 12 years later.
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The timing couldn't have been better. It was my senior year in HS, and "What's on Your Mind" came out as I was prepping for the debate tourney season. I think this was the first song I ever proudly blared out my car windows, probably much to the annoyance of other motorists (but I didn't care). Then I bought the remix version, and that forever hooked me on 12" remixes. And then I finally bought the entire album, and that solidified my love for InSoc and my passion for electronic dance music. This CD is a must have for those who enjoy layered dance electronica with cutting edge sampling (for the time), great vocal harmonics, and thought-provoking lyrics.
The album starts off on a high-paced, high-energy note with "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)" with its throbbing drum-n-bass, deep orchestrations, and brilliant samples from Star Trek. If you haven't heard this song, you're at the wrong clubs. [And if you like this song, the remix CD is a must have!] The energy continues (slightly more upbeat) with "Tomorrow," featuring fantastic orchestration, lyrics, and vocal harmonies. InSoc brilliantly remade the Abba classic "Lay All Your Love on Me." At the time, I didn't even know this was an Abba song (it sounds every bit of InSoc), and I absolutely love this version of the dance classic. [Yet another single released with remixes that kick butt!] "Repetition" slows down to ballad mode, but it has fantastic orchestration and lyrics. "Walking Away" is another dance masterpiece that capitalizes on more Star Trek samples amid the sensory barrage that forces you to dance. [This was also released as a remix single, which is AWESOME... get it if you can!] You'll continue to bounce around the dance floor with the bright yet deep "Over the Sea.
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