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EDITORS’ NOTES

Johnny Marr has made a life of collaborating with hyperverbal frontmen. His years as the Smiths’ jangle-guitar hero done, Marr and New Order’s Bernard Sumner came together as the nucleus of Electronic. Get the Message combines songs from their three albums and a forgotten soundtrack appearance. Inspired by the late-’80s’ explosion of dance-music culture in England, they married the new sounds with Marr’s style for a twist on the combination New Order had been forging for years. Sumner’s defiant sad-sack persona birthed classic lines such as “I’ve been walking in the rain just to get wet on purpose” (from the band’s debut single, “Getting Away With It,” which also featured Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) and the sideways Lou Reed tribute “I always thought of you as my brick wall” (“Get the Message”). While not as mighty as Sumner’s world-changing contributions to New Order, the music contains hints of what was to come with their Get Ready. This is must-hear stuff for fans of any of these guys.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Johnny Marr has made a life of collaborating with hyperverbal frontmen. His years as the Smiths’ jangle-guitar hero done, Marr and New Order’s Bernard Sumner came together as the nucleus of Electronic. Get the Message combines songs from their three albums and a forgotten soundtrack appearance. Inspired by the late-’80s’ explosion of dance-music culture in England, they married the new sounds with Marr’s style for a twist on the combination New Order had been forging for years. Sumner’s defiant sad-sack persona birthed classic lines such as “I’ve been walking in the rain just to get wet on purpose” (from the band’s debut single, “Getting Away With It,” which also featured Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) and the sideways Lou Reed tribute “I always thought of you as my brick wall” (“Get the Message”). While not as mighty as Sumner’s world-changing contributions to New Order, the music contains hints of what was to come with their Get Ready. This is must-hear stuff for fans of any of these guys.

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About Electronic

One of the first supergroups from post-punk Great Britain, Electronic is the on-off project formed by New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr, former guitarist of the Smiths. The duo released "Getting Away with It" in December 1989, with both Sumner and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys on vocals. The single just missed the Top Ten in England, but was the end of Electronic for over two years; Sumner and Tennant returned to their respective groups while Marr played on albums by The The and Billy Bragg.

Electronic's sophomore single "Get the Message" finally appeared in April 1991, and an eponymous debut album followed in June. The non-album single "Disappointed" was released just over a year later. Sumner then returned to New Order to record their sixth album Republic, while Marr returned to his sideman role with The The and the Pretenders. The duo reunited to record again -- this time with help from former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos -- and released Raise the Pressure in July 1996. Newly signed to the Koch label, Electronic issued their third full-length Twisted Tenderness four years later. ~ John Bush

ORIGIN
Manchester, England
GENRE
Pop
FORMED
1989

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