Silicon Teens

Silicon Teens

Real Name:
Daniel Miller
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Silicon Teens was a fictional United Kingdom based pop group in a similar vein to The Archies, and Gorillaz. The project was the creation of Mute Records founder Daniel Miller.

The "group" was publicised as a quartet named Darryl, Jacki, Paul and Diane, but in reality these individuals did not exist and for media interviews their parts were played by actors. The project was launched in 1980 with a sole album called Music For Parties, a collection of (mainly) old rock n roll classics played in a somewhat cheesy pop synthesiser style. There were four original compositions on the album, those being "TV Playtime", "Sun Flight", and the instrumentals "Chip 'n' Roll" and "State of Shock (Part 2)".

Despite considerable media interest as a novelty, neither the album nor offshoot singles "Memphis Tennessee" and "Judy in Disguise" were ever hits, though their third (double-A side) single "Just Like Eddie" b/w "Sun Flight" did manage some UK Chart success.

Film director John Hughes was so taken with it that their rendition of "Red River Rock" can be heard in the movie soundtrack of the Steve Martin/John Candy movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.[1]

Additionally their version of "You Really Got Me" featured on a compilation album of New Wave songs put out by French covers band Nouvelle Vague.
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Silicon Teens Discography

Albums

RJ-7688 Silicon Teens Music For Parties (Album) Mute RJ-7688 Japan 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6079 800 Silicon Teens Memphis Tennessee / Chip 'N' Roll (Single) Mercury 6079 800 France 1979 Sell This Version
MUTE 003 Silicon Teens Memphis Tennessee (Single) Mute MUTE 003 UK 1979 Sell This Version
PRO-A-873 Silicon Teens Judy In Disguise Mute PRO-A-873 US 1980 Sell This Version
6000467 Silicon Teens Just Like Eddie / Sun Flight (Single) Mute 6000467 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
6000 484 Silicon Teens Red River Rock / Let's Dance (Single) Mercury 6000 484 France 1980 Sell This Version
6000 493 Silicon Teens Red River Rock (Single) Mercury 6000 493 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
6000 502 Silicon Teens Just Like Eddy(7") Mercury 6000 502 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
60 00 508 Silicon Teens Memphis Tennessee / T.V. Playtime(7") Mercury 60 00 508 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
MCA 53256 Silicon Teens / Dave Edmunds Silicon Teens / Dave Edmunds - Red River Rock / Gonna Move MCA Records MCA 53256 US 1987 Sell This Version