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Information Society is a musical collective which has been recording and performing for over twenty years. The group was originally formed in the summer of 1982 by Paul Robb and Kurt Larson and later joined by James Cassidy. A tip from Husker Du member Grant Hart led to numerous shows in the Minneapolis area, and a growing local following, but it wasn’t until the release of ... Read more in Amazon's Information Society Store

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seek 200
2. How Long
3. Think/Wenn Wellen Schwingen
4. A Knife & A Fork/R.I.P.
5. Now That I Have You
6. Fire Tonight
7. Can't Slow Down/T.V. Addicts
8. Hard Currency
9. Move Out/CP Drill KKL
10. Mirrorshades/We Don't Take
11. Hack 1/Charlie X
12. If Only
13. Come With Me
14. Slipping Away/Here Is Kazmeyer
15. Chemistry

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Kind of funny.
Daniel (djdano@worldnet.att.net)
The 80s were known for a lot of flash in the pan artists; some who deserved it and some not.
Nik Bonaddio
One could call it a great debut.
insoc

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GMOTSL on April 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you start listening to Hack expecting it to be a continuation of the made-for-radio pop like the self-titled "Information Society" album, you'll probably be disappointed. "A Knife and a Fork" will leave you scratching your head, and you'll hit the stop button. But to do so will cause you to miss out on some excellent music.

"Hack" has several catchy, mainstream-safe tracks, notably "Think", "How Long", "Move Out" and "Slipping Away". But those tracks aren't front-loaded into the first four tracks on the CD... they're scattered between a variety of "experimental" tracks, some of which you'll like, and others you may find dull or annoying.

As an example, the track "Fire Tonight", has a light and happy tune. The lyrics, on the other hand, paint an eerie and dark picture of a city in chaos ("you said that if you couldn't take the car, you'd walk instead; it was the last thing you said before the line went dead; now I'm waiting by the window holding all the things of yours I've found"). The combination is rather unusual, technically interesting, and in my opinion, one of the best tracks on the CD.

The thing about these "experimental" tracks is that as a listener, you might not like them the first time you hear them, especially if you're looking for radio pop. However, they are also much less formulaic, so over the long haul, they still sound new compared to the radio.

If you liked "Think", give this CD a shot. There are enough solid pop tracks to be worthwhile, and if you give the rest of the CD a chance, you may grow to love the entire thing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy Williamson on October 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Would you expect any less from Information Society, a band that should more appropriately be named Information Overload? This was actually the first Info Soc. album I owned and I still enjoy the over-the-top samples and bizarre noises mixed in with pop sensability. The great tracks here include "How Long", "Knife & A Fork...", "Mirrorshades", "Come With Me", and "...T.V. Addicts". This album so exemplifies the late 80's early 90's techno/industrial/dance sound-even more so than much better known albums such as NIN's PRETTYHATEMACHINE. Not that Info Soc. is nearly as self-absorbed or nihilistic as NIN or MINISTRY-bands that have a much more prominent metal edge. Info Soc. is more about dancing and evoking images of Mike Myers Saturday Night Live "SPROCKETS" sketch with Deiter than anything else. And the album doesn't really 'flow' in the traditional sense. It is more of a collage of dance beats, melodies, and computer-aided sampling with a distinct KRAFTWERK and DEVO flair. Far from perfect, but quite interesting. It never quite breaks out of the 'coldness' that is inherant in techno/dance music. What saves the album is that it is fun to listen to; it's not a repetitive dance album like so many others and it's not filled with self-important 'life stinks' diatribes. Info Soc. seem to have grasped the idea that most people would rather have a catchy melody along with their dance beats, as opposed to a monolithic, lumbering assemblage of casio-keyboard-produced dance loops or walls of distorted guitar and loads of existential angst. Music is supposed to be FUN.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By insoc on January 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I love the first Information Society album. One could call it a great debut. But in this other album, HACK, Information Society's musical evolution is very notable. This album is more mature, the songs are tied in with each other and you can say it is like a live show. You got an intro song, and instrumental song and a song singed by X singer, then the same sequence and a song singed by another singer (two singers, both with great styles and voices)

To summarize: you can find an album filled with very easy listening and radio oriented tunes, in time you will get tired of it, on the other side, you can have a experimental album, so proggressive, so evolutioned you will get tired of not hearing any true single or radio friendly album, it is very HARD to find an album with experimental, more deep, different than your average radio single song but nevertheless excellent songs that also contains instant hits and radio oriented songs. HACK is an album that does both extraordinary well. Just when you think that you have had enough of radio friendly songs and want something more deep, more artistic there comes a songs that does it, and viceversa.

Another great fact of this album is the intros songs (or subsongs) I told you before. Buy this album, close your eyes and prepare to have an extraordinary fine synth pop experience, but experimental and radio friendly. This is INSOC masterpiece, an almost perfect album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "scarletkfkx" on March 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Information Society. After all, they did it first. Used the samples, made the breakthroughs-- When I make music I think of their work. Hack shows they are more than just mixers, the songs themselves have sentimentality and surprsing grace. Excellent purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "redjinx" on May 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
this is MY kinda music! all the sampling, sound-bytes, techno-make-you-wanna-dance music. keep it coming! it's 2000 and this is still one of my most listened to cds. keeps your ears busy - where DO the sound bytes come from? i think i recognize some star trek...
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