Sunday, March 11, 2007

Industrial Chemistry

Having heard the New Wave Electro stylings of the scientifically challenged, Crash Course In Science over at ON-OFF blog, I decided to do some more investigating into this band's sound. Having listened to the angular industrial beats and stark analogue synths, I had assumed that this was a record produced a few years previously and sporned during the Electroclash movement from around 2003. How wrong I was.

Cardboard Lamb is a proto Industrial, New Wave Electropop masterpiece from way back in 1981. Formed in 1979 in Philadelphia, Crash Course In Science is the collective of Dale Feliciello, Mallory Yago and Michael Zodorozny utilising toy instruments and live drums, which later gave way to crude drum machines and home-made synths. Their sound is angular and stark, yet possesses a robotic funkiness.

Cardboard Lamb has just been re-released with new mixes from Vitalic, David Carretta plus a re-working from the band themselves. You can buy the new release from Beatport.

Crash Course In Science - Cardboard Lamb // Planete Rouge Records.

(Originally Released on the Signals From Pier Thirteen 12" on Press Records 1981)

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Here is another classic from the Industrial New Wave scene. P1/E is the pseudonym of one Alexander Hacke and one member of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten. Again released in 1981, '49 Second Romance' is classic stark industrial synth music which still sounds totally fresh and relevent to todays scene. These tracks have been hammered by the likes of Optimo and tracks from Crash Course In Science and P1/E appear on their Cold War mix, still available here

P1/E - 49 Second Romance // Exil System 7" 1981

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I love this early new wave stuff from Germany. Particularly the P1/E track. You know your sh*t ;)
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Thanks, but I have only just discovered Crash Course in Science. Yeah heard that The Liasons Dangereuses track, fantastic. I'm still trying to remember which Detroit Techno record sampled it.
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