Information Society

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American band from Minneapolis, Minnesota (US). Originally known for performing avant-garde electronic music with electro and hip-hop influences, but better known for synthpop singles such as What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) and Think and the freestyle single Running.
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TTW 8548 Creatures Of Influence — Information Society Information Society Creatures Of Influence (Album) Wide Angle TTW 8548 US 1985 Sell This Version
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TBMHG-12901, TBC-25691 Information Society — Information Society Information Society Information Society (Album) Tommy Boy TBMHG-12901, TBC-25691 Philippines 1988 Sell This Version
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INT 445.546 Hack — Information Society Information Society Hack (Album) Tommy Boy, Reprise Records INT 445.546 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
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945092-2 Peace And Love, Inc. — Information Society Information Society Peace And Love, Inc. (Album) Tommy Boy, Reprise Records 945092-2 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
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CLP 0120 Don't Be Afraid — Information Society Information Society Don't Be Afraid (Album) Cleopatra CLP 0120 US 1997 Sell This Version
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none Synthesizer — Information Society Information Society Synthesizer (Album) HAKATAK International none US 2007 Sell This Version
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none It Is Useless To Resist Us — Information Society Information Society It Is Useless To Resist Us(12xFile, FLAC, Album) HAKATAK International none US 2013
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HAK2027-12 _Hello World — Information Society Information Society _Hello World (Album, Single) HAKATAK International HAK2027-12 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
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none Orders Of Magnitude — Information Society Information Society Orders Of Magnitude (Album) HAKATAK International none US 2016 Sell This Version
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none ODDfellows  — Information Society Information Society ODDfellows (Album) HAKATAK International none 2021 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

E-1007 Insoc E.P. — Information Society The Information Society* Insoc E.P. (EP) Information Records E-1007 US 1983 Sell This Version
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WAR 317 Running — Information Society INSOC* Running (Single, Maxi) Wide Angle WAR 317 US 1984 Sell This Version
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YPS-044 Lay All Your Love On Me / Your Mama Dont Dance — Information Society Information Society / Poison (3) Information Society / Poison (3) - Lay All Your Love On Me / Your Mama Dont Dance(7", Single, Promo) Yuusen Broadcasting Corporation YPS-044 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
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XDSP 93102 Lay All Your Love On Me / What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) — Information Society Information Society Lay All Your Love On Me / What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Single) CBS/Sony XDSP 93102 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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TBMEP-6202 (TB 919) Walking Away — Information Society Information Society Walking Away (Single, EP, Maxi) Tommy Boy TBMEP-6202 (TB 919) Philippines 1988 Sell This Version
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TB 911 What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) — Information Society Information Society What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy TB 911 US 1988 Sell This Version
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9 21862-4 What's On Your Mind / Walking Away — Information Society Information Society What's On Your Mind / Walking Away (Single) Tommy Boy, Reprise Records 9 21862-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
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92 76597 Repetition — Information Society Information Society Repetition (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy 92 76597 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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XDAP93184 Lay All Your Love On Me — Information Society Information Society Lay All Your Love On Me (Single, MiniAlbum, EP, Maxi) Tommy Boy XDAP93184 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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TB 976 How Long — Information Society Information Society How Long (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy TB 976 US 1990 Sell This Version
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656534 6 Think — Information Society Information Society Think (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy 656534 6 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
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101.954 Brasil Tour - 91 — Information Society Information Society Brasil Tour - 91(12", Single, Promo) Stiletto 101.954 Brazil 1991 Sell This Version
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PIR102, PIR 102 Info. Mix — Information Society Information Society Info. Mix(12", Mixed) Pirate Records, Pirate Records PIR102, PIR 102 US 1991 Sell This Version
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TB 969 Now That I Have You — Information Society Information Society Now That I Have You(12", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 969 US 1991 Sell This Version
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TBCD 544, tbcd 544 Peace & Love, Inc. — Information Society Information Society Peace & Love, Inc. (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy TBCD 544, tbcd 544 US 1992 Sell This Version

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Escapist

Escapist

December 15, 2021
Say what you will about electronic pop music but Information Society were a step above in production and composition and had and continue to have a unique ability to produce some unique and entertaining music. They evolved from the freestyle dance sound into a catchier mainstream sound then into synthpop with the greatest of ease. The band's kept the core of the band since its inception and you can really hear that they work well together creatively. Although some of the material didn't measure up at times, mainly "Don't Be Afraid" which was essentially a Kurt solo album, overall it's been a solid body of work till this day. Fun and funky!
Hazumuchan

Hazumuchan

October 2, 2020
When I was 13 years old, "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" made it's presence known on MTV. I have always been obsessed with music, but when I saw Kurt Harland's colorful hair, the flashy cardboard instruments, and the mixture of relatable songwriting and wonderful music production... I was gone! I told myself that "I do that! I can do that!" For Christmas that year, I got my first keyboard and started making up songs on the spot, to the point my mom told me to take the keyboard into my bedroom instead of torturing her with it.

Here I am some 30 plus years later, and I still listen to them. I have kept up with their career in various incarnations, and have an appreciation for every phase of their career. (For the record "Don't Be Afraid" is INCREDIBLY underrated!) I will continue to listen to whatever music they put out as part of InSoc or any other project as long as I live! They have put a mark on my heart and my soul that will never be taken away!
eleeut

eleeut

March 11, 2016
edited over 7 years ago
I first came across Information Society when their S/T LP was on the radio, perhaps hitting the top 40 IIRC... I remembered liking their sound and liked synth-pop and new wave, but they were always a bit more on the dance end of things. Later on, a friend from school (was about 13 at the time) shared Hack on cassette and I liked them even more. Now, over 25 years later, as I'm digging into freestyle and the Funhouse sounds of NY, I'm finding myself revisiting them again and realizing there was a lot more out there, and that their sound wasn't unique at that time. I'm listening to Noel's Silent Morning and that could have been dropped side by side cuts off of this LP, but then again there was production work by the Latin Rascals, Chep Nunez & Louie Vega all with the intent to give them that sound. I am finding that my interest current in freestyle is partially attributed to these guys. They took that sound internationally, I wasn't in Brazil but obviously they had some impact there with this one.

I didn't really follow these guys after Hack, but their earlier material still is held close to my heart, listening to "Running" while clicking out these keystrokes...
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SHAYME559

SHAYME559

July 19, 2014
I'm big fan of them
fabriknos

fabriknos

August 15, 2008
When "What's On Your Mind" came out in 1988, I was 7 years old, and to this day it is one of the first songs I can remember listening to. Obviously, being so young, I couldn't fully appreciate the song, but I was fascinated by that mechanical, drum machine sound. Years later I rediscovered InSoc and it hit me how much of an influence they really had on me. I don't know what I'd be listening to now if I was never exposed to them at that age. Thank you InSoc!! In the late 80s and early 90s, InSoc was one of the more original synthpop acts, but never really achieved long-term mainstream success. This led to a certain underground appeal and many of their tracks were played out by freestyle, new wave and electro DJ's, with plenty of remixes making their way into the market. 1992 was probably the pinnacle for the band as they released the seminal "Peace & Love, Inc." and found moderate success with a more polished, produced synthpop sound. While it seemed like InSoc could do no wrong at this point, unfortunately, the band didn't do much after this release and eventually went their own ways. Five years later, Kurt resurrected the InSoc name with the out-of-character "Don't Be Afraid" in 1997. This album alienated many one-time fans for its completely different and more brutal sound, but I think it's an incredible release personally and went totally underneath the radar. 1999 saw a bland remix album appear on Cleopatra, but that was it - InSoc as we knew them was over. However... 8 years later, when it was least expected, Paul Robb announced the rebirth of the band, with a new vocalist and an updated sound appealing more to the freestyle/electro crowd than the traditional synthpop/new wave crowd. It remains to be seen how this new incarnation will fare, but it is an exciting time to be an InSoc fan, because they are touring again and hopefully will get Kurt back into the lineup for new material.
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