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Social Dancing

BisAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B00000JPXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Making People Normal
2. I'm A Slut
3. Eurodisco
4. Action And Drama
5. Theme From Tokyo
6. The Hit Girl
7. Am I Loud Enough
8. Shopaholic
9. Young Alien Types
10. Detour
11. Sale Or Return
12. It's All New
13. Listen Up

Editorial Reviews

Bis is a revelation. Their in-your-face combination of disco and punk rock may confuse the feet--they don't know whether to boogie or stomp--but it sets the blood, and ultimately the brain, on fire. While the Scottish trio's earlier albums have a cheeky, cartoonish take on life, Social Dancing actually has an agenda, one that begins with a musical epiphany and culminates in a millennial cultural revolution. "Trying to keep up with the DJ / he has no voice and no say," they decry in "Action and Drama"; soon they beg, "I just want some personality / give me action and drama." They further rail against the faceless bleeps and whistles of techno on the frenetic "Eurodisco," then later on the LP's standout cut, "Detour" (featuring a cameo and cowriting credit from Lois Maffeo), they ask, "Do you wanna go my way?" Bis is forging new ground and they know it, and with discovery comes responsibility (a lesson one wishes more trailblazers had learned). What use is a trend or fashion or even dance music in the face of a crazy, inhumane world? A previous generation of disco kids once declared, "Fuck art, let's dance," but Bis understands that's just empty posturing. Their slogan would be: "Don't just dance, take action." The title of the album isn't referring to a gaggle of ravers squirming into oblivion. On the stunning final cut, "Listen Up," a snarly vocal reminiscent of vitriolic Johnny Rotten cries, "You've never thought about power," as a disco pulse urges listeners into a frenzy. Then comes the coup d'etat: "The power / to riot / is anger / united." Turns out, the social dance is the one an empowered crowd steps to. Don't forget: when Paris burned, people danced in the streets. This time the revolution has a back beat. --Tod Nelson

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bis Gets Polished August 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Bis returns triumphant with a more mature, polished sound. This CD is significantly less gritty and in-your-face as "New Transistor Heroes," but the sound is more polished and pop-y, just like the Pop Music they try to inject some life and meaning into. Bis have also matured in the lyric department, with a cry for meaning in "Action and Drama," and a clever nod to Devo in "Young Alien Types." "Social Dancing" is a commentary you can dance to, and a fine addition to the CD rack of anyone who thinks pop music should choke on its own excess :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bis- Social Dancing December 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
YES.. this album will make you dance and sing and shout and have fun. That's the point of Bis. It's POP music. End of story. Excellent album, too bad the majority of people can't stomach the jangle tunes because the majority of this album is very likeable. Kudos to Mike D. for picking up these guys on Grand Royal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of revolution... June 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The second full length album from the Glasgow, Scotland trio Bis shows marked growth in all areas: lyrics, vocals and musicality. The album is like a mixed bag of styles. There are harder, driving rock/punk oriented songs like Manda Rin's 'The Hit Girl', a trip-hoppy, Portishead-esque song, 'Detour', as well as their all out pop blasts like 'Shopaholic' and 'Action And Drama'. Again, Rin has one of the album's strongest songs...Equal parts whip-smart and witty, 'Social Dancing' is the best pop album of the year. All others can only pale in comparison to the burgeoning talents of Manda, Steven and John.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disco crack April 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised when listening to this one, produced by Andy Gill (of Gang of Four). I know Bis has youth and energy on their side. All the more reason to hate them. But by the time you hear songs like "I'm A Slut" and "Eurodisco" you want to be jumping around the room high on E too. The enthusiam is catchy. I saw this woman stumbling on the corner of 10th and C this afternoon, high on some non-motivating drug. She obviously hadn't heard this Social Dancing record. This Scottish group is all about looking good and buying the right accessories. Even by the end, Social Dancing is inventive and doesn't let up. I know Bis has released many EPs in the past. I know many people wrote off Gang of Four when they came out with "Hard." Not me. Hats off to them for giving us a long playing delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is a God... December 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is so great! I am really picky with my music, and I must say, "Social Dancing" is a must-have for fans of pop, electronica, or just downright fun music. Bis have really refined the sound of their music. While "The New Transistor Heroes" was the band's pure sound, "Social Dancing" is more refined and even. Wether it is the fast tempo of "Eurodisco" or the clever use of the violin in "Theme From Tokyo," Social Dancing shines. That's it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underground GREATNESS! November 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because of a review, not ever hearing a single note beforehand, and I have to say it has become one of my favorite albums ever. This is a departure from the (...) on the radio. The sound is a cartoony-80's pop...and it's a perfect cd for long trips. Everyone I play this for ends up buying their own copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to any collection... September 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I loved Bis' "New Transistor Heroes" and "Intendo", and now I'm pleased once again with cute-sounding, fun songs that are deep and mofo funny. I reccomend this CD to anyone who finds being taken seriously both a threat and a joy.
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By Ludmila
Format:Audio CD
I had the good fortune to come across this album in a bargain bin at a local trendy and "indie-cool" used record store. I'd heard from a friend with (mostly) remarkable taste in music that the Bis are a band worth checking out. Actually, I had heard a couple of their songs before I even knew who they were: "Plastic People", and "Pop Star Kill", which I really dug, and I was more than pleased when I popped this CD in on my drive back home. This isn't even supposed to be their best album-- and, admittedly, I don't know too much about the Bis-- but it's damn good enough for me. Love it. They are a great fusion of poppy electronic music and interesting and quirky lyrics. (Many bands attempt to do this, yet fail miserably, and end up recording insufferable "teeny-bopper" tripe). This album is absolutely fun, yes, and "danceable" (the title doesn't delude), yet it has enough substance, style, and quirkiness to keep (or even captivate) the audiophile's attention, and for him/her to actually care about what they have to say. Another thing that strikes me about this band is their ability-- nay, their talent--to merge the female and male voices in their songs to create really unique and catchy harmonies. I played this album for my boyfriend, who adheres more to the "acoustic set", and he told me his honest opinion, which was something to the extent of the Bis' sound being that of a electrotrashy/eurotrashy party band. I was insulted, but he's more than entitled to his own opinion. One of his favorite musicians happens to be Chris Isaak, so I realize that I shouldn't take his assessment of the Bis' talent too seriously. So, basically, if you're into Chris Isaak, you might not like the Bis, unless your musical tastes are really diverse and all over the map. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Seller
Love the song "Detour".
Published 1 month ago by John Moffatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Sure sounds like they're having fun, doesn't it?
This obscure little outfit from across the pond knew damn well that they were never going to be more than a tiny blip on the music scene (and even that much only because of that... Read more
Published on January 20, 2005 by Darrell Wong
2.0 out of 5 stars top pop but too much filler
Bis are a young Scottish band with a refeshingly different attitude and sound so I wish them well. After hearing the excellent single 'Action and Drama' I went and bought the... Read more
Published on August 7, 2000 by Craig Weldon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD of 1999
In a perfect world, these guys would on top of the charts and would be getting the most requests on TRL. Unfortunately, they were recently dropped by Grand Royal. Read more
Published on June 9, 2000 by dotsetloops
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Sass
In your face pop with an American sense of stylish consumerism (if you've gotta, do it right!), this album is the essence of drunk dance and woo-hoo good times! Read more
Published on May 17, 2000 by Eliphas Levi
5.0 out of 5 stars pop group Bis never quits!
I humbly admit that I fell for Bis when I saw their cutie faces in a British magazine about four years ago... but I was not disappointed when I received my imported singles. Read more
Published on November 8, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A non-stop rollercoaster ride.
I bought Social Dancing about three days ago, and I haven't turned my stereo off since. This band is totally inspired, there's no doubt about it. Read more
Published on October 16, 1999
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