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10/ 2018 New release: Softcore Express – Memphis, Tennessee

Eternal Sunday presents yet another synthpop EP by Softcore Express, Memphis, Tennessee, this time a tribute to one of the most important (and forgotten) bands in the history of the genre: Silicon Teens. Silicon Teens was one of the first  virtual projects (this is, the band didn’t actually existed) in the history of electronic music. They were created in the UK by Mute Records owner, Daniel Miller, and they only released one album, Music For Parties, in 1980. The late Fad Gadget provided the vocals. Though the project didn’t have a great success, it paved the way for the early 80s synthpop revolution in the UK, inspiring upcoming acts like OMD and Depeche Mode.

Memphis, Tennessee features four cover songs that were part of Music For Parties. The song that gives name to the release (originally by Chuck Berry), “Let’s Dance” (a cover of the 1962 hit by Chris Montez), “Judy In Disguise” (originally by John Fred and his Playboy Band) and the Kinks’ hit “You Really Got Me”. These four songs were recorded close to the Silicon Teens versions, using heavily synthesized electronic sounds from (mostly) vintage analog equipment.

 

 

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