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Information Society

An agreeable dance outfit with ties to industrial music, techno, and funk plus an equally appreciable pop sense, Information Society hit the dance clubs and later the charts with their infectious breakout single, 1988's "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)." The group, a quartet formed in Minneapolis by James Cassidy, Paul Robb, Kurt Harland (aka Kurt Valaquen), and Amanda Kramer, signed to Tommy Boy Records a few years later and recorded a self-titled debut album. The single "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)," propelled by a Leonard Nimoy sample and Valaquen's smooth, assured vocals, became a club hit and eventually landed at number three in the pop charts. Later that year, "Walking Away" hit the Top Ten as well, and the album reached gold-certified status. Kramer left soon after, however, to record with the Golden Palominos, 10,000 Maniacs, and also on her own. Information Society's sophomore album, similar to not-so-famous follow-ups by dance-popsters EMF and Jesus Jones, was more than competent but mostly ignored by critics who had pegged them as one-hit wonders. Several singles managed shallow chart exposure, but after the third album (1994's Peace & Love, Inc.), both Robb and Cassidy exited. Harland continued on, signing with the Cleopatra label and releasing the industrial-tinged Don't Be Afraid in 1997 along with the remix album InSoc Recombinant in 1999. Harland then moved onto a career in video game music, working for publishers like Crystal Dynamics and Electronic Arts. Little Information Society activity happened until the group was featured on an episode of VH1's Bands Reunited in 2004, but Kurt was a holdout. Amanda Kramer moved on to join the Psychedelic Furs. A couple of shows with Harland, Cassidy, and Robb took place in 2005 before Harland left the band; although he remained a silent fourth member, he gave a 2006 lineup with vocalist Christopher Anton his blessing. This lineup was responsible for the 2007 album Synthesizer, but Anton was out by the end of 2009 and Harland returned soon after. The band released _Hello World in 2014 on Robb's Hakatak label and supported the album with a world tour. In 2016, the all-covers album Orders of Magnitude arrived with songs originally performed by Human League ("Don't You Want Me"), Devo ("Beautiful World"), and the Sisters of Mercy ("Dominion"). ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Running 2K14 (Remixes)

1. Running 2K14 (Marcos Carnaval & Paulo Jeveaux Radio Mix)

2. Running 2K14 (Marcos Carnaval & Paulo Jeveaux Club Mix)

3. Running 2K14 (David Anthony Mix)

4. Running 2K14 (Chachi Remix)

5. Running 2K14 (Alias Rhythm Remix)

6. Running 2K14 (Lem Springsteen Soulful House Mix)

7. Running 2K14 (Dezza Remix)

8. Running 2K14 (Todd Terry Remix)

9. Running 2K14 (Lem Springsteen & Drew Kingsbury Strobelight Mix)

10. Running 2K14 (Eric Kupper Mix)

11. Running 2K14 (Rudedog NY Remix)

12. Running 2K14 (Marcos Carnaval & Paulo Jeveaux Tribal Mix)

13. Running 2K14 (Todd Terry Dub)

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Track List: Synthesizer

1. Baby Just Wants

2. Back In The Day

3. I Like The Way You Werk It

4. Runaway

5. Free

6. I Love It When...

7. More To This

8. Somnambulistic

9. Burning Bridges

10. Can't Get Enough

11. This Way Tonight

12. Synthesizer

13. The Seeds Of Pain

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Track List: Information Society's Greatest Hits: Strange Haircuts, Cardboard Guitars, And Computer Samples

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Track List: Don't Be Afraid

Disc 1

1. Empty

2. Closing In

3. On The Outside

4. Ending World

5. Seek300

6. The Sky Away

7. Are 'Friends' Electric?

8. Ozar Midrashim

9. The Ridge

10. Data Track

Disc 2
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Track List: Peace And Love, Inc.

1. Peace & Love, Inc.

2. Going, Going, Gone

3. To The City

4. Made To Be Broken

5. Still Here

6. 1,000,000 Watts Of Love

7. Where Would I Be Without Ibm

8. To Be Free

9. If It's Real

10. Crybaby

11. Where The I Divides

12. 300 Bps N, 8, I (Terminal Mode Or Ascii Download)

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Track List: Hack

1. Seek 200

2. How Long

3. Think / Wenn Wellen Schwingen

4. A Knife And A Fork / R.I.P

5. Now That I Have You

6. Fire Tonight

7. Can't Slow Down / T.V. Addicts

8. Hard Currency

9. Move Out / CP Drill KKL

10. Mirrorshades / We Don't Take

11. Hack 1 / Charlie X

12. If Only

13. Come With Me

14. Slipping Away / Here Is Kazmeyer

15. Chemistry

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Track List: Information Society

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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Track List: Running 2K14 (Marcos Carnaval & Paulo Jeveaux Radio Mix) (Single)

1. Running 2K14 (Marcos Carnaval & Paulo Jeveaux Radio Mix)

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Love this group. great memories
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How Long is a wonderful synth-pop song.
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I dont see the Chromecast, button anymore? I am trying to Google the isue.But I still need help.
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yoshiel14
Like how they gave it up for the sisters of mercy who wouldn't!!!!
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This music bites. Get offa my Classic Rock station
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I saw Kurt just a few months ago with ABC, FLOCK OF SEAGULLS, WANG CHUNG, WHEN IN ROME, ANIMOTION, BOYS DON'T CRY here in Phoenix, Arizona
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This HAS to be the first alternative song I heard (or was it the first one I appreciated? ) Anyway, these guys KNOW what to do with synthesizers !
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Pure Energy.
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I want to know!
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RIP Leonard Nimoy
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zalamander1
Running influenced so many Latin hip-hop or Freestyle music back in the day. Mad props to I.S.
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Im just NOW learning they are from MPls.


WORD . REPRESENT.
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bradynkris82 8 0
Man those words r for real huh
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trouble1ta
Leonard Nimoy voice was taken from Star Trek the motion picture most people would not know that because of the movies flop
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I love this song
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jazzywahl2
I really like this song, but I hate it also. Back in 1989 this was on a loop tape that was playing in the department I worked in. Every 30 minutes, this song was playing. At least 25 years later, I can say that the song keeps getting stuck in my head every time I hear it.
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tonykaravida s
Saw I.S. last year. Still full of pure energy!
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I never realized how many songs I loved from I.S.
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I wanna know what these spammers are thinking - do they think they're funny?
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I love this song soooo much...:-) gives me really good memories. Running. Great song.
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My band is called Boner Patrol. Look for us on Ebay!
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synth pop
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I wanna know what your thinking
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Using digitized audio clips of famous sound bites in early 80s, they were not the first but they set a helluva trend.
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i thought pure energy was Ronald Reagan voice
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love this back in the day, dance all freekin night ehhh
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Cool song from back in the day!!
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HACK. PLAY IT, DAMN IT!
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Latin hip hop influences were part of the repertoire for this group as well. Either way, they make it work, cuz I still listen to them randomly.
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80's 4 ever
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vic_dlg
Love information society and the 80s and I love the 90s
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As a punk rock fan growing up, Information Society was definitely one of my top guilty pleasures.
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vic_dlg
Love them
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1.kiss your left hand 2. Close it 3. Say the name of your crush 4. Say a weekday 5. Say your name 6. Open your hand 7. Now post this to 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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we know vegan
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No mention to running which was played at every dance party...lol sad.
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The voice that says Pure Energy is actually Leonard Nimoy. No joke.
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Legacy of Kain introduced me to this band. Lead singer is the main composer for all of the games in the series. Though I don't think he actually did the soundtrack for the first Blood Omen.
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The group rocks.
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I love you justin...kis s your hand 10 times say ur crush 15 times post this coment on 2 diff stations then look at your hand
I love you justin...kis s your hand 10 times say ur crush 15 times post this coment on 2 diff stations then look at your hand
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Great Group!
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jonethin
Information Society - Grad Night - Disneyland (Tomorrowlan d ) 1989 = Awesome! WHERE IS THE HACK ALBUM!!!!!! There was good tunes on that release!!! come on Pandora!
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righteouspte r o s a u r
Where is the album Hack?
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yeah What about Hack? I never hear anything from it on here....
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so tired of hearing the same Duran Duran song on my Depeche station
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rfrando
Memories of dancing all night in a true dance bar along with your best friends... great times!
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Dont' be Afraid is a very different sound, but still very good in it's own right, not to mention for all you gamers out there, Ozar Midrashim is the theme song from Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. He did the entire game soundtrack. Very cool stuff!
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Running was their breakout single; I'm surprised there's no mention in the bio...
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