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Friday, 6 November 2015

Electronic Factory


When Electronic released their first two masterful singles (1989's Getting Away With It and 1991's Get The Message) they seemed to have the future in their palms. They talked of collaborating with a variety of people all based around the core of the pair. Bernard wanted a break from New Order. Johnny had left The Smiths. Both wanted to do new things and break new ground. I always imagined this would lead to something a little different than just the song-based tracks that made up the first album (which I love by the way and many of the songs on it are first rate). The other stuff ended up on B-sides but I always thought they should have pursued this and made an instrumental, dance music album as well as the dance influenced pop. Lucky Bag was on the flipside of Get The Message, Hacienda house with Italo piano. Lean To The Inside was a classy, more chilled piece which came out on the Feel Every Beat 12". A whole album of this kind of thing could have worked really well.

Lucky Bag (Miami Edit)

Lean To The Inside

6 comments:

Michael Doherty said...

Is this the version that ended up on the Factory Select Tape? Bloody great compilation.

Swiss Adam said...

Yes you might be right Michael- in which case my fac catalogue number label is wrong.

Brian said...

I'll second that, Adam. Great stuff.

Echorich said...

Spot on SA! The second Electronic album could have been even more adventurous - working with Karl Bartos should have led the direction, but the band seemed to hedge their bets- for whatever reasons - and Electronic became less and less interesting to these ears with every subsequent release.

acidted said...

Electronic started midly disappointing and then declined. But thanks for the r3eminder of Lean To The Inside

Michael Doherty said...

It's Fac 305c. Some belter tunes: Cath Carroll, Durutti Column a brilliant Mondays' remix and an amazing Northside b-side (not words I say easily! ). I have a copy with split tracks if you need one? I think I also have the Creation tape as well (that one's not split tracks).