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Information Society - Greatest Hits: Strange Haircuts/Cardboard Guitars/Computer Samples

Information SocietyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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 (April 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Ada
  • ASIN: B00005BI7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Running
2. Walking Away
3. Repetition
4. Lay All Your Love On Me (Metal Mix)
5. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
6. Think
7. How Long
8. Crybaby
9. Peace + Love, Inc.
10. Going, Going Gone
11. Strength
12. A Knife And A Fork/Think Tank (The Massively Parallel Mix)
13. Running (Victor Calderone Remix)
14. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy 2001) (Junior Vasquez Remix)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue Greatest Hits! June 11, 2001
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This is a GREAT collection of Information Society's greatest hits- the remix of "A Knife And A Fork" is basically the regular version of the song with an extended remix tacked on to the end. (I have always wondered if the voice that says "A knife and a fork, a bottle and a cork, that's the way to spell New York! was Jay North from "Dennis The Menace". That's who it sounds like to me!) All of the singles are here, with a few extras. Personally I would have included "Now That I Have You" and "Mirrorshades" from their best (in my opinion) album "Hack" and the hard to find track "Hit Me" (from the "Earth Girls Are Easy" soundtrack.) The b-side "Strength" (from the "Going, Going, Gone" cd single) IS included, and that's a great inclusion. The packaging leaves A LOT to be desired. It's packaged in a cardboard sleeve (like a cd single). No booklet, no lyrics, hardly any photos (just the tops of of their heads.) Information Society deserved a little better, design-wise, than what they ended up with for a retrospective of their career, but I guess I cannot complain TOO much because I'm THRILLED this exists. I met James from Information Society back in the late 80's after they jokingly announced their hotel AND their room number at a Club MTV concert. My friends and I marched right up to their room- I think InSoc were a little shocked that anyone took their hotel information seriously! (We got to ride on an elevator with one of Milli Vanilli's "background" lipsynchers... they were on the Club MTV tour too.) James was very gracious and met with us. (Kurt and Paul stayed in the room... the smell of a stinky cigar permeated the hallway outside their room!) I miss this incarnation of them and still listen to those cd's regularly!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs, Poor Track Selection. July 27, 2001
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An Information Society "best of" collection. What a great idea. The problem is, as this product shows, not all great ideas are exectuted well. Instead of being a set of everything one might want by the band, this collection leaves out enough vital tracks to make its existance pointless. What about standout album tracks like "Now That I Have You" from Hack, and "Where Would I Be Without IBM" from Peace And Love Inc? I'm certain that there was more room on the CD, and in any case, some of the remixes could certainly be left out. Currently, one can quite easily purchase all three original albums and the Going Going Gone Single (for "Strength") used, all for the same price as this collection. So, what's the point, unless you really like remixes?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING January 29, 2002
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I have followed Information Society since the beginning, and it is great to have this collection. A few songs don't seem to fit and others were missed that should be here, but all in all this is a great collection for the die-hard fans and also those that don't have any of their material. I love the first three albums, and this album contains material from those. "Don't Be Afraid" and the subsequent remix album led them on a very sharp tangent, and I don't really care for these, so I am glad these were left out.
The remixes of Running, Lay All Your Love On Me, and What's On Your Mind are great.
You won't be disappointed with this one. Newcomers to Information Society will likely want to acquire the past albums if they like this one.
I am not very impressed with the packaging - it is cardboard and rather cheap, and doesn't contain any booklet with lyrics or band history. This would have polished off a fine CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The original INSOC was away ahead of anyone in thier use of Geek "3leet" computer culture imagery. While a lot of people (then into hair bands) thought they were a silly gimmick band, they were doing things 10 years ago many techno/dance DJ's like Fatboy Slim and Moby (and so many others) are doing now. Real Pioneers!
That said, this hits CD leaves a lot to be desired. Most of it is culled from thier first and most successuful CD with a few remixed tacked on for the collectors. To really get the best of INSOC I suggest buy their first 3 CD's on Tommy Boy first. Another gripe is it's selling as much as a new CD and needs to be discount priced! I would love to see an all-remix CD of thier Tommy Boy era. I guess I will have to make one myself from all the vinyl, cassette singles and EP's I have collected...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It's long overdue, and while its far from perfect, it provides the casual listener with almost every single Information Society released. For that reason alone, this is a necessary purchase for anyone ever remotely interested in dance, techno, or any subgenre of both.
Ranging from the classics "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy" and "Think" to the slower, funkalicious "Running", this CD features a rather ordinary sample of Kurt's revolutionary work. However, instead of "Repetition" and "Strength", I probably would have put on some of their better album cuts, such as "Still Here" and "Now That I Have You" from Peace and Love, Inc.
Regardless, this CD has all the songs you can probably still hear echoing from the late 80s acid house clubs, and for the purpose of the casual listener, thats probably all they really need.
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