Wednesday, May 2, 2007
"What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)," Information Society (1988)
Ah, Information Society. Their first album was a doozy, an eclectic mix of everything that was hip in the 1980s, all rolled into one hell of a tasty burrito. There, I said it. It's as good as a burrito.
This tune, which kicks off the album, was without a doubt their biggest hit. It's not difficult to see why. It's a trip, it's got a catchy beat and you can bug-out to it. It's techno before techno, and considering it came at the back-end of synthpop, its still manages to wrestle with the style's early biggies.
This is the 12" single, which has a different tracklist than the CD single. Overall, it's repetitive, but c'mon... this isn't supposed to be prog. Or an album, even. It's a dance single, for crying out loud.
1. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) [Club Mix]
2. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) [The 54 Mix]
3. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) [Percapella]
4. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) [Pure Energy Mix]
5. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) [Dub Mix]
Download (25.76 MB)
Funny thing happened to this band... they never conquered the world. Sure, they've had a Brasilian fanbase whose scale defies logic, but everywhere else, they're a one-hit wonder. It's a pity, really. Their first album is spectacular. Their later work? Eh, I can't particularly say. Maybe its the poor distribution or the low sales that have kept me from finding their 90s output. But output there was, despite personnel changes. Lead singer Kurt Harland held up the band's banner (and a website, Insoc.org) for longer than one might have expected.
But recently, Kurt amicably relinquished the InSoc moniker to founder Paul Robb. With a new line-up, Robb has reactivated Information Society. They've got some groovy new material coming up, and they've also given their old fans something to slobber over. Informationsociety.us has a hip multimedia section that lets listeners enjoy their uber-rare mid-80s work... for free! Sure, you only get to stream it, but its the only way you'll ever hear it. Some of this stuff was produced in minimal quantities, and no humble blogger could ever hope to have it in his/her possession. So go there, and enjoy.
And be sure to check out their first album, too. Seriously, go out and get it. It's well worth owning. And dig the stuff offered by the current line-up; show 'em you care.