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Information Society

An agreeable dance outfit with ties to industrial music, techno, and funk plus an equally appreciable pop sense, Information Society hit the dance clubs and later the charts with their infectious breakout single, 1988's "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)." The group, a quartet formed in Minneapolis by James Cassidy, Paul Robb, Kurt Harland (aka Kurt Valaquen), and Amanda Kramer, signed to Tommy Boy Records a few years later and recorded a self-titled debut album. The single "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)," propelled by a Leonard Nimoy sample and Valaquen's smooth, assured vocals, became a club hit and eventually landed at number three in the pop charts. Later that year, "Walking Away" hit the Top Ten as well, and the album reached gold-certified status. Kramer left soon after, however, to record with the Golden Palominos, 10,000 Maniacs, and also on her own. Information Society's sophomore album, similar to not-so-famous follow-ups by dance-popsters EMF and Jesus Jones, was more than competent but mostly ignored by critics who had pegged them as one-hit wonders. Several singles managed shallow chart exposure, but after the third album (1994's Peace & Love, Inc.), both Robb and Cassidy exited. Harland continued on, releasing the industrial-tinged Don't Be Afraid for Cleopatra Records in 1997. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Track List: Running 2K14 (Marcos Carnaval & Paulo Jeveaux Radio Mix) (Single)

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RIP Leonard Nimoy
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zalamander1
Running influenced so many Latin hip-hop or Freestyle music back in the day. Mad props to I.S.
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Im just NOW learning they are from MPls.


WORD . REPRESENT.
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bradynkris82 8 0
Man those words r for real huh
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trouble1ta
Leonard Nimoy voice was taken from Star Trek the motion picture most people would not know that because of the movies flop
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I love this song
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walking away when things start to cave but they will always bring a stave to tare at memories of the day when every dream never failed to sting and life was more than you wanted to see as greying lines blur with remanence and pain gives closer with out evanence to prove love was lost in the delays some where along the way
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jazzywahl2
I really like this song, but I hate it also. Back in 1989 this was on a loop tape that was playing in the department I worked in. Every 30 minutes, this song was playing. At least 25 years later, I can say that the song keeps getting stuck in my head every time I hear it.
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tonykaravida s
Saw I.S. last year. Still full of pure energy!
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I never realized how many songs I loved from I.S.
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I wanna know what these spammers are thinking - do they think they're funny?
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I love this song soooo much...:-) gives me really good memories. Running. Great song.
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My band is called Boner Patrol. Look for us on Ebay!
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synth pop
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I wanna know what your thinking
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Using digitized audio clips of famous sound bites in early 80s, they were not the first but they set a helluva trend.
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i thought pure energy was Ronald Reagan voice
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love this back in the day, dance all freekin night ehhh
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Cool song from back in the day!!
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HACK. PLAY IT, DAMN IT!
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Latin hip hop influences were part of the repertoire for this group as well. Either way, they make it work, cuz I still listen to them randomly.
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80's 4 ever
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vic_dlg
Love information society and the 80s and I love the 90s
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As a punk rock fan growing up, Information Society was definitely one of my top guilty pleasures.
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vic_dlg
Love them
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1.kiss your left hand 2. Close it 3. Say the name of your crush 4. Say a weekday 5. Say your name 6. Open your hand 7. Now post this to 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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we know vegan
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No mention to running which was played at every dance party...lol sad.
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The voice that says Pure Energy is actually Leonard Nimoy. No joke.
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Legacy of Kain introduced me to this band. Lead singer is the main composer for all of the games in the series. Though I don't think he actually did the soundtrack for the first Blood Omen.
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The group rocks.
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I love you justin...kis s your hand 10 times say ur crush 15 times post this coment on 2 diff stations then look at your hand
I love you justin...kis s your hand 10 times say ur crush 15 times post this coment on 2 diff stations then look at your hand
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Great Group!
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jonethin
Information Society - Grad Night - Disneyland (Tomorrowlan d ) 1989 = Awesome! WHERE IS THE HACK ALBUM!!!!!! There was good tunes on that release!!! come on Pandora!
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righteouspte r o s a u r
Where is the album Hack?
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yeah What about Hack? I never hear anything from it on here....
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so tired of hearing the same Duran Duran song on my Depeche station
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rfrando
Memories of dancing all night in a true dance bar along with your best friends... great times!
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Dont' be Afraid is a very different sound, but still very good in it's own right, not to mention for all you gamers out there, Ozar Midrashim is the theme song from Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. He did the entire game soundtrack. Very cool stuff!
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Running was their breakout single; I'm surprised there's no mention in the bio...
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INSOC remains a timeless piece of dance music that many modern day electronic dance artists mimic today. The technology has been improved but the style of Information Society in the 80s still inspires today. Cut with samples, catchy riffs, and dance floor friendly breaks the music of INSOC will always remain one of my all-time favorites.
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KOOTER that's actually really cool. crop and soil sciences, just goes to show that most musicians are pretty intelligent.
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zorkoff
NEVER HEARD OF THESE GUYS, GOOD STUFF THOUGH.
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I am so stuck in the 80's and Information Society is one of those bands that contribute to my obsession with the whole techno, synthesizer type of music that makes me feel alive and like a teenager forever....P u r e Energy~
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marlene_stan f o r d
James is a cool dude here at Crop and Soil Sciences, OSU. (soil--not dirt)
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I took a crop and soil science class from James Cassidy at Oregon State. Definitly a cool and laid back guy.
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i remember doing whip its at the clubs in MPLS and hookin up with post op trannies n smokin DMT with my pet tiger
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I like thie cover of "Are Friends Electric?" Any band that covers anything from Gary Numan or Tubeway has got to know what they are doing. Don't Be Afraid is a great record. Very different than what you would think.
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Wonder if I can get my librarian friends hooked on this?
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shrimpbarney
love it...
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