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Album Review

Seduction: The Society Collection (not to be confused with its 1982 Seduction release) concentrates on its early-'80s recordings for the Society label. These, keyboardist Lyndon Scarfe intimates his liner notes, were their best and most indie-oriented. It's not as rich in texture and other qualities as the most renowned goth of the era, and not as tuneless as the worst of it; it's somewhere in between. The group could have used more melody and diversity to more effectively convey its messages of angst and scarred modern landscapes — an observation, true, that could apply to many acts working this territory. Some imaginative synthesizer lines and a few just-about-danceable beats are of some worth. But it's too droning and unvariegated to make a significant mark, and hard to distinguish from much other post-punk murk since the early '80s that has leaned on similar attributes.

Customer Reviews

A mixed bag

An interesting and highly listenable album if not spectacular. The Danse were an indie sub culture band always threatening to make it big but never quite made it although they had a large goth, indie following which alwyas pushed their releases to the top of the indie charts. This album is proof that they were always a little bit amiss from producing real strong chart breaking songs although at the time, early 80,s, they often stood head and shoulders above most of the dross lurking in the alternative scene. 'Were so Happy' is probably the stand out song on this album mixing cool guitar sound with downbeat synth experimentation to produce a very atmospheric and melancholy feeling to the song, contrary to the title. As for the rest, bit of a mixed bag ranging from the catchy and highly listenable, (Falling apart, Hide, Clock) to the instantly forgettable, (In Heaven,My Heart). Overall a good collection and featuring all of their best songs in their history, its just a shame that they always threatened more.

Such a long time ago.....

It must be about 20 years since I played any of these tunes, brings back the memories of dark rooms and a few beers, These Frayed Edges and Somewhere are the best for me.....these were the chearfull tracks....there we others which would not help if you were feeling down thats for sure....great tunes.


Sadly, 'Say It Again' is not included.


Formed: 1981

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

The Sheffield, England-based Danse Society originated in Y?, a band that included bassist Bubble, drummer Paul Gilmartin, keyboardist Paul "Bee" Hampshire, guitarist Dave Patrick, and vocalist Steve Rawlings. After an appearance on the local scene's Bouquet of Steel compilation in 1980, Y? annexed with two members of Lips-X (guitarist Paul Nash and keyboardist Lyndon Scarfe) and changed their name to Danse Crazy. Following a recording session and a few gigs — including one at Leeds' Futurama...
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