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1988 - Reprise Records
Catalogue # - 9 25691-2.

   After Tommy Boy's success with the "Running" single, they signed us for an album. We began making it in Minneapolis with Joey Gardner producing in 01/87. After almost finishing 2 or three songs, (including a version of "What's On Your Mind" that no one has ever heard) Tommy Boy managed to get their new owner, Warner Brothers records to "option" us, meaning we were then signed to Warner Brothers records. Warner gave us to their Reprise Records division and found us a new producer: Fred Maher. We got a sublet apartment in SoHo in Manhattan and began work on the album in 07/87. We recorded at Platinum Island studios, where they had a Centipede game. I HATE Centipede! I ended up playing it all the time anyway, of course.
   Paul and I had never before imagined the level of work that could be done with vocals. I'm not a great singer, (the value of my vocals to the band was always more about personality and delivery than technical vocal skill) and recordings previous to this one had always had somewhat weak vocals, in my opinion. Fred knew what to do: We recorded as many as 16 different tracks of vocals. In "What's On Your Mind", for example, in the chorus, We have three tracks of low octave, three tracks of lead, three tracks of harmony, and two tracks of Amanda's harmony, making a total of 14 tracks. Not only that, but we went meticulously over each line, one at a time, or even just one part of a line at a time, and kept re-doing it until it was PERFECT. It was grueling, but worth it. This is now a farily common practice, because it's a lot easier to do it now. It was really a hassle back then, before digital recording devices were available.
   We mixed the album at Unique Studios on Times Square in New York. Our Mix engineer, Roey Shamir, deserves a good chunk of the credit for the success of "Information Society". It was only during the mix sessions for this album that I really understood how much a song could change in the final mix. Roey seemed to know how to bring out that powerful booming sound we were going for. It was in these mix sessions, in fact, where we first came upon that signature "Information Society Sound"; Big bass boom with a LOT of syncopated synth echoes. It was the echoes on the bass synth that really gave the track the proper feel, IMHO.
   The big boom in "Running" was just a TR-808 kick drum married to a Moog Progidy bass synth sound. The big boom in "What's On Your Mind", "Walking Away" and others was an SP-12 kick, a bass synth, and a way-tuned-down SP-12 tom.
   Our use of Star Trek samples was not a big obsession with us... those were just the samples that I had most recently made and Paul and I thought they were entertaining and funny.
   This album made use of the then-interesting new technology called "CD+G", which stood for "CD plus graphics". Even though our CD+G is one of the most entertaining CD=G's ever done, it's still not that great. The bandwidth is so low that you really can't do too much. Our manager drew some cartoons of us and included bits of our joke-bio. I think there are some song lyrics, too. They can be viewed in a SeGa CD game machine, and I think the SeGa Saturn will play them too. Luckily for the rest of us, Ricochet was kind enough to do screen captures of them.

Equipment used on this album included:
E-MU SP-12 drum machine
Sequential circuits Prophet-2000 sampler
Roland JX-3P analogue synth
Roland MKS-80 analogue synth
8 Yamaha TX81-Z's
Voyetra's Sequencer Plus Computer Sequencing software

Recording was done onto two Otari 24-track 2-inch analogue tape recorders.
Final mix-down was done onto stereo quarter-inch tape.

Song Clips

Trk. # Song title Audio Excerpt Comments
What's On Your Mind
Pure Energy...
Amanda's chorus...
Lay All Your Love On Me
Our first ballad...
Walking Away
Our second single...
Over The Sea
"Try distorting the strings..."
I know what you know...
Something In The Air
Detective in a phone booth...
The Nest Re-mix...
Make It Funky
The Talking Moose!

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