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Supergroup Electronic Sends The Message With 'Best Of' Compilation

September 19th, 2006 12:56pm EDT
ElectronicRhino Records Spotlights All Three Albums from the Supergroup Featuring New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr of The Smiths With a Collection of Favorites and Hard-To-Find Tracks.

Two of the most recognizable sounds from a pair of the most influential alternative rock bands of the '80s-the melodic melancholy of New Order's Bernard Sumner and the sharp hooks of The Smiths' Johnny Marr-joined together in 1990 for the single "Getting Away With It." A Top 20 hit in the U.K. featuring guest vocalist and co-writer Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, the song marked the beginning of a decade-long collaboration between Sumner and Marr. Rhino Records brings together a compilation featuring favorites selected from all three of the band's studio albums along with alternate mixes and rarities. "Get The Message: The Best of Electronic" is available starting Sept.19.

ElectronicTaking 10 of its 13 tracks from the group's studio albums, the collection contains music from 1991's self-titled debut, 1996's follow-up, Raise The Pressure, and 2000's Twisted Tenderness. Get The Message also features several remixes including the single version of "Get The Message," the Single Mix of "Disappointed," a song co-written by Tennant that appeared on the Songs From The Cool World Soundtrack as well as the radio edits for a pair of tracks from the group's most recent album. The compilation also includes the single-only "All That I Need" (the B-side of "For You,") and 1996's "Imitation Of Life," the B-side of "Forbidden City."

Throughout Electronic's first decade, the group featured Sumner and Marr performing together with a shifting cast of collaborators that included Tennant; Denise Johnson, who sings on several tracks including "Get The Message"; Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk, who joined the group for much of Raise The Pressure and co-wrote several singles, including "For You."

Not only does Get The Message span the group's career but it also spotlights the band's range of sounds from the insistent rhythms of 1991's "Feel Every Beat" to the ringing majesty of 1996's "Forbidden City" and nocturnal groove of 2000's "Late At Night."

"Get The Message: The Best Of Electronic" Track Listing

1. "Forbidden City"
2. "Getting Away With It"
3. "Get The Message" - Single Mix
4. "Feel Every Beat"
5. "Disappointed" - Single Mix
6. "Vivid" - Radio Edit
7. "All That I Need"
8. "For You"
9. "Imitation Of Life" - New Edit
10. "Out Of My League"
11. "Like No Other"
12. "Twisted Tenderness"
13. "Late At Night" - Radio Edit

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More on New Order HERE.
More on Pet Shop Boys HERE.


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