VariousThis Is Electronic Body Music

Label:Play It Again Sam Records – EBM 1 CD, Play It Again Sam Records – EBM 1-CD
CD, Compilation


1Front 242Body To Body
Written-ByD. Bressanutti*
2The Neon JudgementChinese Black
Written-ByTimmermans*, Vloeberghs*
3Click ClickSweet Stuff
Written-BySmith*, Smith*
4à; Grumh...*Ha People
Written-BySteve Natrix
5Parade GroundStrange World
6The Cassandra ComplexOne Millionth Happy Customer
Written-ByBooth*, Marchini*, Orpheus*
7A Split Second*On Command
Written-ByM. Ickx*
8Chris And Cosey*Exotika6:15
9BorghesiaNo Hope, No Fear
Written-ByA. Ivancic*
10The WeathermenPoison
Written-ByP. Hearst*, S. Stammer*
11Skinny PuppyAssimilate
Written-ByOgilvie*, Crompton*

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Track 1: originally released in 1981 in 7" single Principles / Body To Body. This is here the 1988 mix.
Track 2: from the EP A Man Ain't No Man When A Man Ain't Got No Horse, Man... released in 1987 on Play It Again Sam Records.
Track 3: originally released on the Rorschach Testing label in 1985, Sweet Stuff.
Track 4: from the album No Way Out released in 1986.
Track 5: from debut album Cut Up released in 1988.
Track 6: remix to Theomania version.
Track 7: from the first EP Flesh released in 1986 on Antler Records.
Track 8: from Exotica released in 1987.
Track 9: from their first release on Play It Again Sam in 1987 No Hope No Fear.
Track 10: from Big Sur, California, Poison was recorded on a beach in the Spring of 1987.
Track 11: from the first mini album Remission released in 1984.

Prod. by Play It Again Sam Rec. publ. by Les Editions Confidentielles exc.
Track 1 Prod. by Red Rhino Europe/ Publ. by Het Gerucht
Track 3 Prod. & Publ. by Rorschach Testing
Track 7 Prod. & Publ. by Antler
Track 11 Publ. by Nettwerk Overboard Publ. - Les Editions Confidentielles

© & ℗ 1988 PIAS Belgium
Released in accordance with Play It Again Sam Records, RRE, Antler and Nettwerk.

Made in Austria

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): EBMCD-1 21 A1 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): EBMCD-1 21 A2 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
  • Rights Society: SABAM / BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 7800

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This Is Electronic Body Music (CD, Compilation)Play It Again Sam Records, PIAS GermanySPV 45-7289Germany, Austria, & Switzerland1988
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This Is Electronic Body Music (LP, Compilation)Play It Again Sam Records, Play It Again Sam RecordsEBM 1, EBM - 1Belgium1988
This Is Electronic Body Music (LP, Compilation)Play It Again Sam Records, SPVSPV 40-7288Germany, Austria, & Switzerland1988
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This Is Electronic Body Music (LP, Compilation)Ediesta RecordsCALC LP 71UK1988
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This Is Electronic Body Music (LP, Compilation)Play It Again Sam RecordsSPV 40-7288Germany, Austria, & Switzerland1988



  • aesiphron's avatar
    Edited 7 years ago
    SPV midprice compilation, based on an idea by Manfred Schütz to push electronic music bands from Belgium and the UK.
    Of course, it's not a genre compilation. It's a pure label compilation that has been criticized by Adrian Smith as a "label hype", right from the beginning. Bands such as Click Click and Parade Ground never saw themselves as a part of the movement, The Cassandra Complex and The Neon Judgement considered themselves as Electronic Rock groups, and Chris & Cosey produced SynthPop.
    But what about The Weathermen? Most people didn't even recognize that their biggest hit "Poison" was nothing else than a sequencer-based Hip-Hop song with funky beats. A track like "Berlin" would have been more representative of the EBM genre.

    A new version of Front 242's "Body to Body" was pretty much the only reason for buying it. If you are looking for similar compilations, try "Music from Belgium" and "Bodytronics", both released in 1988.
    • grantcorp's avatar
      An absolutely stomping collection of classic tracks already when it came out, it has endured the test of time very good so far. However, even though this disc opened up my eyes to a world full of new music I would just like to caution people who are equally captured by this release. Most of the material here is without a doubt top notch, and as I learnt over the years hunting down the original releases, unfortunately many of the bands could not live up to this quality on their own recordings. Still, I can't think of a better way to discover the world of classic EBM!


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