Electribe 101

Electribe 101

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Born in Hamburg, Billie Ray Martin moved to Berlin in the Eighties to join the city's infamous music scene, before deciding to move again, this time to London where she placed an ad in Melody Maker: "Soul rebel searching for a genius". Among those who replied were Joe Stevens, Les Fleming, Rob Cimarosti and Brian Nordhoff, four men who were searching for a singer to bring alive the music they'd been busy creating in their studio in Birmingham. Electribe 101 was formed. Under the guidance of the legendary manager Tom Watkins the group signed to Mercury Records and released their first single 'Talking With Myself' in 1988.

Expectations for the band were enormous. Watkins, who previously had guided Pet Shop Boys and Bros to fame, was going to make them stars. Journalist David Stubbs summed up their sound when he called it "lush and sobely entrancing, the very shadow of soul." - 'Tell Me When The Fever Ended' and a re-released 'Talking With Myself' went into the UK charts a few weeks either side of the start of the Nineties.

When Electribe 101 got to support Depeche Mode on their World Violation tour success was supposed to follow automatically. But everything went wrong. Watkins gave the band a hard time when they didn't follow his orders to the letter. On the tour they were occasionally booed off by Mode fans throwing bottles.

In 1992 Electribe 101 split, without releasing their finished second album. The boys formed Groove Corporation, Billie went solo.
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Electribe 101 Discography

Albums

842 965-2 Electribe 101 Electribal Memories (Album) Mercury 842 965-2 UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

876 652-7 Electribe 101 Talking With Myself (Single, Maxi) Club, Club 876 652-7 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
876 405-1 Electribe 101 Tell Me When The Fever Ended (Single, Maxi) Mercury, Mercury 876 405-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
MERXDJ 290 Electribe 101 Lipstick On My Lover / Diamond Dove(12", Promo) Mercury MERXDJ 290 UK 1989 Sell This Version
MERXR 335, 878 595-1 Electribe 101 Inside Out (Single) Mercury, Mercury MERXR 335, 878 595-1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
MER 328, 878 000-7 Electribe 101 You're Walking (Single) Mercury, Mercury MER 328, 878 000-7 UK 1990 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

ELECD 101 Electribe 101 Electribal Memories CD Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Mercury, Phonogram ELECD 101 UK 1990 Sell This Version
none Electribe 101 The John Peel Session Stahl2 none UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Electribe 101 Heading For The Night (Frankie Knuckles Mixes)(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Billie Ray Martin Self-Released) none UK, Europe & US 2014

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allobroge

allobroge

December 6, 2015
Masters of electro dance with The ultimate female voice of course , the four first tracks of the album kills entre autres. Inusable !

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