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Information Society

January 23rd, 2014

1982 in Minneapolis, MN


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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, releasing the industrial-tinged Don't Be Afraid for Cleopatra Records in 1997.

Top Albums

Synthesizer, Information Society
1. Synthesizer
Information Society, Information Society
2. Information ..
Hack, Information Society
3. Hack
Information Society: Hits, Information Society
4. Information ..
Peace and Love, Inc., Information Society
5. Peace and Lo..
Oscillator - EP, Information Society
6. Oscillator -..
Rhino Hi-Five: Information Society - EP, Information Society
7. Rhino Hi-Fiv..
Don't Be Afraid, Information Society
8. Don't Be Afr..
InSoc Recombinant (Audio Version), Information Society
9. InSoc Recomb..
It Is Useless to Resist Us: Information Society Live, Information Society
10. It Is Useles..
Energize! Classic Remixes, Vol. 1, Information Society
11. Energize! Cl..
Don't Be Afraid V. 1.3, Information Society
12. Don't Be Afr..
Modulator, Information Society
13. Modulator
Apocryphon: Electro Roots 1982-1985, Information Society
14. Apocryphon: ..
Creatures of Influence, Information Society
15. Creatures of..
The Insoc EP, Information Society
16. The Insoc EP
What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) [Digital 45] - Single, Information Society
17. What's On Yo..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price

What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy.. Information Society 4:35 $1.29

Running Information Society 7:46 $1.29

What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy.. Super Hits of the '80s .. 4:38 $0.99

Walking Away Information Society 5:04 $0.99

What's On Your Mind (12" Clu.. Tommy Boy Story, Vol. 1 7:58 $1.29

What's On Your Mind? (Pure Energ.. 80s 1 Hit Wonders (Re-Recor.. 4:38 $0.99

Repetition Information Society 4:34 $0.99

Peace and Love, Inc. Peace and Love, Inc. 5:00 $0.99

Running (12" Vocal Remix Version.. Tommy Boy Story, Vol. 1 7:41 $0.99

Baby Just Wants (Lthrboots Remix) Modulator 5:05 $0.99

Seeds of Pain (Dave Aude Remix) Modulator 7:05 $0.99

Synthesizer Synthesizer 4:43 $0.99

Seeds of Pain Synthesizer 5:19 $0.99

This Way Tonight Synthesizer 4:13 $0.99

Can't Get Enough Synthesizer 3:39 $0.99

Burning Bridges Synthesizer 6:00 $0.99

Run Away Synthesizer 3:46 $0.99

I Like the Way You Werk It Synthesizer 4:40 $0.99

Creatures of Influence Creatures of Influence 3:45 $0.99

Running Creatures of Influence 7:59 $0.99

Running Badboyjoe's Best of Fre.. 3:49 $1.29

What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy.. It Is Useless to Resist Us:.. 4:21 $0.99

Running (Live) It Is Useless to Resist Us:.. 5:18 $0.99

Run Away (Live) It Is Useless to Resist Us:.. 3:43 $0.99

Jonestown (Live) It Is Useless to Resist Us:.. 3:59 $0.99

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