Wednesday, 21 September 2016

REWIND: Electronic - 'Forbidden City'

More wonderful music from 1996 as RW/FF takes you aboard a musical TARDIS on a journey through musical history. If you weren't around or were too young to remember the mid 90s, consider this a lesson of enlightenment. If you (like me) were lucky enough to experience it all first time around, then these posts make a fine nostalgic blast from the blast. 

Today's choice is from the duo that consisted of New Order's Bernard Sumner and Smiths guitar hero Johnny Marr. The wonderful 'Forbidden City' sounds very much like how it should sound in theory, a perfect hybrid of New Order and The Smiths. It was the hits 'Disappointed' and 'Getting Away With It' that made me aware of Electronic at some point in the mid 90s, but it wasn't until I didn't really start following them until I bought the 'Vivid' single in 1999. I say "started following them" when what I really mean is buying one single and then not adding any more of their work to my collection until years later when I bought the first two albums on CD from a charity shop. Co-written by former Kraftwerk man Karl Bartos, 'Forbidden City' was taken from the second Electronic album 'Raise The Pressure', and reached number 15 in the UK singles charts in June 1996.


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