The Danse Society

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The Danse Society are a post-punk gothic rock group from Barnsley, England, first formed in 1980. Their first releases on their own Society Records label, especially "Seduction", did well in the UK independent charts, and they were signed by Arista, hoping for greater commercial success. The original line-up included Paul Gilmartin (drums), Paul Nash (guitar), Steve Rawlings (voice), Lyndon Scarfe (keyboards), and Tim Wright (bass). After their 1983 album Heaven Is Waiting, Scarfe left and was replaced by David Whitaker (formerly with Music For Pleasure). The band released two more singles on Arista - "Say It Again" (produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman) and "Hold On" (produced by Steve Thompson) - and plans were announced for an album of older tracks re-recorded in a more danceable, radio-friendly fashion, which never came to fruition. Instead, the band left Arista and demoed new songs, which were released in 1986 as their final album, Looking Through, once again on their own label. Steve Rawlings started Society (2), while the other band members continued for some time as Johnny in the Clouds, which never released any recordings.

At the end of 2009, Paul Gilmartin, Paul Nash, and David Whitaker met up for the first time in 24 years and decided to reform the band; initially, Steve Rawlings also agreed to rejoin the band. Over the next nine months, instrumental tracks were recorded, and in October 2010, Rawlings briefly met with the band in the UK, but returned to America after recording just one vocal track. Plans changed when, after that initial meeting, the band lost contact with Rawlings. In January 2011, vocalist Maethelyiah (of Blooding Mask) and recorded vocals for all thirteen tracks, and the official news of her joining the band was revealed the following May with the release of the reformation album Change of Skin. Bassist Martin Roberts joined the band before the release of Scarey Tales in February 2013. A year later, the band issued a statement that Gilmartin and Roberts had unexpectedly resigned from the band, resulting in the cancellation of a series of tour dates. The remaining members carried on without them, recruiting Iain Hunter (drums) and Jack Cooper (bass). Their sixth studio album, VI, was released in September 2015. Hunter was replaced by Josh Rylance, and the EP FUTUR1ST was released in 2018. Rylance was then replaced by Tom Davenport. The seventh studio album Sailing Mirrors was released in Sept 2020, and a retrospective A-Z anthology 40 years of Danse was released in November 2020 along with some early live concerts. The band are continuing to celebrate 40 years with further releases and a UK tour in 2021.
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SOC 882, SOC 8.82 Seduction — The Danse Society The Danse Society Seduction (Album) Society Records, Society Records SOC 882, SOC 8.82 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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205 972 Heaven Is Waiting — The Danse Society The Danse Society Heaven Is Waiting (Album) Arista, Society Records 205 972 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
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SOC 886, SOC 8 86 Looking Through — The Danse Society The Danse Society Looking Through (Album) Society Records, Society Records SOC 886, SOC 8 86 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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Society Records 711 Change Of Skin — The Danse Society The Danse Society Change Of Skin (Album) Society Records Society Records 711 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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Society Records 213 Scarey Tales — The Danse Society The Danse Society Scarey Tales(CD, Album) Society Records Society Records 213 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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SOC 915 CD VI — The Danse Society The Danse Society VI (Album) Society Records SOC 915 CD UK 2015 Sell This Version
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CULT31 ONT BBC 80​-​82 — The Danse Society The Danse Society ONT BBC 80​-​82 (Album, Comp) Society Records CULT31 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
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none Sailing Mirrors — The Danse Society The Danse Society Sailing Mirrors (Album) Society Records none UK 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SOC 3-81 Clock — The Danse Society The Danse Society Clock (Single) Society Records SOC 3-81 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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PAX 2 There Is No Shame In Death — The Danse Society The Danse Søciety* There Is No Shame In Death (Maxi, EP) Pax Records PAX 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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PAX/SOC 5 Woman's Own — The Danse Society The Danse Society Woman's Own (Maxi, Single) Pax Records PAX/SOC 5 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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SOCX 126 Danse / Move — The Danse Society The Danse Society Danse / Move (Single) Society Records SOCX 126 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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none Hockey / My Heart (Missed Another Beat) — The Danse Society Palais Schaumburg / The Danse Society Palais Schaumburg / The Danse Society - Hockey / My Heart (Missed Another Beat)(Flexi, 7") Vinyl (11) none Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
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SOC 124 Somewhere — The Danse Society The Danse Society Somewhere (Single) Society Records SOC 124 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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SOC 125 Wake Up — The Danse Society The Danse Society Wake Up (Single, Maxi) Society Records, Arista SOC 125 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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SOC 126, SOC•126 Heaven Is Waiting — The Danse Society The Danse Society Heaven Is Waiting (Single, Maxi) Society Records, Arista SOC 126, SOC•126 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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Soc123 We're So Happy — The Danse Society The Danse Society We're So Happy(12", Maxi, RE) Society Records Soc123 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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ARI 8368 2000 Light Years From Home — The Danse Society The Danse Society 2000 Light Years From Home (Single, Maxi) Society Records ARI 8368 Scandinavia 1984 Sell This Version
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DSF 1 The Sway — The Danse Society The Danse Society The Sway(7", Promo) Arista DSF 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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STORE 3 Waiting Is Hell But Heaven Is Waiting — The Danse Society The Danse Society Waiting Is Hell But Heaven Is Waiting(12", Promo) Arista STORE 3 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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SOC 128 Say It Again — The Danse Society The Danse Society Say It Again (Maxi, Single) Society Records SOC 128 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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108 010 Hold On (To What You've Got) — The Danse Society The Danse Society Hold On (To What You've Got) (Single, Maxi) Society Records, Arista 108 010 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
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none God Cry — The Danse Society The Danse Society God Cry(3xFile, AAC, Single) Society Records none UK 2011
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none The Seduction 2012...Vatican — The Danse Society The Danse Society The Seduction 2012...Vatican(4xFile, AAC, EP) Society Records none UK 2012
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1214 If I Were Jesus — The Danse Society The Danse Society If I Were Jesus(7", Single, Ltd, Pur) Society Records 1214 Europe 2015 Sell This Version