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"Love Missile F1-11" opens with Martin Degville crying out "I Wanna Be A Star" before the signature Sputnik sound, a backbeat of quick-paced Generation X-ish technodisco punctuated by an electropump bass, combined with sliding punk guitar, computerizing samples of Beethoven's 9th, the William Tell overture, Japanese vocals, Ms. Pacman dying, distorted effects. This song featured in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. A few lines condemn a vision of Reagan's America: "U.S. bombs floating overhead." and "multi-millions still unfed.
"Atari Baby" would be Sputnik's equivalent of Billy Idol's "Eyes Without A Face", a quiet song with a running percussive beat and the usual effects, with some female vocalists going "d-d-d-d..aah aah".
"Sex Bomb Boogie" is as crazy as "Love Missile", opening with that piercing space guitar and the pounding technodisco. There are a few weird effects but not as much as its cousin. It ends with a girl going, "Mmm, that was fantastic!" Which it was.
"Rockit Miss USA" has imitated effects of Dirty Harry, "Go ahead, make my day", someone saying "Get away from the gun!" and a black guy asking subway shooter Bernard Goetz for $5.00. There's a constant anti-gun theme going on here and a Cold War one as well. On one occasion one hears "Reagan rocks my baby" another time, "Moscow rocks my baby.Read more ›
Each song has that unique electronica 'zap' from one track to the next. The bridges between the songs are pretty humourous as well.
From the first track ("Love Missile F-111") to the last ("She's My Man"), Sigue Sigue Sputnik serves up a dish that any fan of Cyberpunk, Anime, comic-book superheroes, and over-sexed media can enjoy over and over.
I give it four stars, especially for the tracks "Teenage Thunder", "Sex-Bomb-Boogie", "21st Century Boy", and "Massive Retaliation".
It's an ultra-chic thrill ride.
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When this album came out in 1986 I was 14 years old going on 15. It wasn't something I'd have bought myself, but when my schoolmates played it frequently on a bus excursion it grew... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Lucas Biddle
One of my 80's moments. Heard them when I was in high school & just can't forget them any time I watch Ferris Buellar's Day Off!!!! Wish I had kept my 12 inch remixes!!!!!Published 9 months ago by Kim
A great album if you're into 80' s music. I found my cassette recording and after hearing it again I had to get the CD.Published 11 months ago by Joker592250
One of the first (and few) bands to successfully mix vocals with electronic sampling and standard band instruments and come up with 'catchy' tunes. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rockchik
I owned this on vinyl when I was an undergraduate in college. When I listened to it the memories came flooding back. Get it while supplies last.Published 19 months ago by Da Deputy
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