Monday, July 10, 2017

Songoftheday 7/10/17 - Imagine if I said I sometimes need you I need you to this day, Imagine if I said I sometimes hear you call my name...

"Think" - Information Society
from the album Hack (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the dance music act Information Society, who were a fusion of new wave's electronic sounds with Latin freestyle dance music's minor-key drama and vocal pain that scored a pair of top-10 pop hits with "What's On Your Mind" and "Walking Away". Two more singles from the album became minor pop hits after that, "Repetition" (#76) and a remake of ABBA's "Lay All Your Love On Me" (#83), with the latter reaching #23 on the Dance Club Play chart as well. But by that time, sole female member Amanda Kramer left the group, leaving a trio of lead singer Kurt Harland, bass player/singer James Cassidy, and synth master/producer Paul Robb. In 1990, they released their second album, Hack, with the lead single "Think" as the first offering to radio. With a melody that's influenced heavily by freestyle, with the loud power-synth chords for the dance floor, it did respectably capture the sonic magic that made "Walking Away" so irresistible...


"Think" became Information Society's third and final top-40 pop hit in December of 1990. The remixes on the 12"/CD single climbed to #5 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, the song was a hit in the Netherlands, peaking at #20. A second single from Hack, "How Long", missed the pop chart, but did manage to climb to #20 on the Dance Club Play list. In 1992, they re-emerged with a third record, Peace & Love, Inc., and the title track, one of their best, ascended to #10 on the dance chart. After another set that was unnoticed in 1997, the trio went their separate ways, with Harland concentrating on video game music. Robb and Cassidy resurrected InSoc for another record in 2004 with a new singer, but in time Harland returned to not only tour with them, but take back singing duty as well on recording, with their latest album, Orders Of Magnitude, coming out in 2016.

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Here's the "Virtual Reality Mix" that helped the record reach the top five on the dance chart...


...and the Society appearing at the Rock In Rio II concert in 1991...


...and finally, from a reunion concert in 2012...


Up tomorrow: A smooth soul singer shows you his soft side.

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