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4.00 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Don't Touch Me (I'm Electric) (1:50)
2. For Young Moderns (4:24)
3. Stop/Go/Stop (3:10)
4. Furniture Music (3:31)
5. Radar in My Heart (1:36)
6. Stay Young (3:11)
7. Out of Touch (3:31)
8. Better Home in the Phantom Zone (4:26)
9. Substitute Flesh (3:29)
10. Atom Age (3:01)
11. Art/Empire/Industry (2:45)
12. Revolt Into Style (3:23)

Total time 38:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Leon Arthurs / bass
- Richard Brown / drums, keyboards
- Andrew Clark / organ, synthesizer, piano, keyboards, vocals
- Gareth Eilledge / bass
- Rick Ford / bass
- Dave Mattacks / synthesizer, drums
- Bill Nelson / bass, guitar, harmonica, drums, electric guitar, electric piano, vocals, producer
- Ian Nelson / synthesizer, piano, alto and tenor sax
- Steve Peer / drums

Releases information

CD EMI Europe Generic 5212062 (1999)
CD Capitol Records 73384-2 (1999)
CD EMI/Harvest (1999)

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(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
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Review by HolyMoly
4 stars This is the only album Bill Nelson released under the band name Red Noise, and based on his success here, it would have been interesting indeed to have seen this band idea play out for a few more albums. Having disbanded Be Bop Deluxe (a band I admittedly don't know much about), his work on this album is high-energy, guitar-based New Wave rock of a very high caliber. The closest comparison that comes to mind is the first two XTC albums, but Nelson's take on herky-jerky new wave is decidedly heavier and more rooted in classic rock idioms.

It begins with "Don't Touch Me (I'm Electric)", the musical equivalent of bouncing around in a pinball machine, with hyper-excited vocals by Nelson and dissonant chords colliding with the stomping rhythms. "For Young Moderns" brings in a Cars/Roxy Music vibe, with smooth synthesizers and a moderate rocking tempo. "Stop/Go/Stop" returns to the first song's caffeinated paranoia, and "Furniture Music" is mid-tempo again. The latter song has one of the more memorable melodies on the album, and was a suitable choice for a single release. I think he may have been poking a bit of fun at Brian Eno on this one, but who knows, maybe they were friends for all I know.

For twelve high-energy tracks (no ballads here), Nelson and company fill their songs with urgency, guitar/synth hooks galore, and occasionally the kind of guitar heroics that make Nelson famous in Be Bop Deluxe (e.g. "A Better Home in the Phantom Zone" has some excellent guitar runs). In a few years, Nelson would turn towards more ambient art rock and instrumental soundscape music, but this album marks an interesting period in his career when he was looking for new ways to rock out. With a tight band behind him and a bunch of scorching hot rock tunes, this album remains exciting today.

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4 stars New Wave rock classic Sound on Sound starts full throttle and doesn't let up until your aural senses have been pummeled into submission. This is literate and urgent late seventies guitar based new wave jam rock that is too idiosyncratic to be mainstream, too intelligent to be accepted by massiv ... (read more)

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