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An agreeable dance outfit with ties to industrial music, techno, and funk plus an equally appreciable pop sense, Information Society hit the dance clubs and later the charts with their infectious breakout single, 1988's "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)." The group, a quartet formed in Minneapolis by James Cassidy, Paul Robb, Kurt Harland (aka Kurt Valaquen), and Amanda Kramer, signed to Tommy Boy Records a few years later and recorded a self-titled debut album. The single "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)," propelled by a Leonard Nimoy sample and Valaquen's smooth, assured vocals, became a club hit and eventually landed at number three in the pop charts. Later that year, "Walking Away" hit the Top Ten as well, and the album reached gold-certified status. Kramer left soon after, however, to record with the Golden Palominos, 10,000 Maniacs, and also on her own. Information Society's sophomore album, similar to not-so-famous follow-ups by dance-popsters EMF and Jesus Jones, was more than competent but mostly ignored by critics who had pegged them as one-hit wonders. Several singles managed shallow chart exposure, but after the third album (1994's Peace & Love, Inc.), both Robb and Cassidy exited. Harland continued on, signing with the Cleopatra label and releasing the industrial-tinged Don't Be Afraid in 1997 along with the remix album InSoc Recombinant in 1999. Harland then moved onto a career in video game music, working for publishers like Crystal Dynamics and Electronic Arts. Little Information Society activity happened until the group was featured on an episode of VH1's Bands Reunited in 2004, but Kurt was a holdout. Amanda Kramer moved on to join the Psychedelic Furs. A couple of shows with Harland, Cassidy, and Robb took place in 2005 before Harland left the band; although he remained a silent fourth member, he gave a 2006 lineup with vocalist Christopher Anton his blessing. This lineup was responsible for the 2007 album Synthesizer, but Anton was out by the end of 2009 and Harland returned soon after. The band released _Hello World in 2014 on Robb's Hakatak label and supported the album with a world tour. In 2016, the all-covers album Orders of Magnitude arrived with songs originally performed by Human League ("Don't You Want Me"), Devo ("Beautiful World"), and the Sisters of Mercy ("Dominion"). ~ John Bush
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)
  3.   Walking Away
  4.   Running
  5.   Express Yourself
  6.   Repetition
  7.   Move Out/CP Drill KKL
  8.   Lay All Your Love on Me
  9.   Where the I Divides
  10.   Funky at 45
  11.   Beautiful World
  12.   Running 2K14
  13.   Burning Bridges
  14.   Think
  15.   Star Trek (Doomsday Theme)
  16.   1,000,000 Watts of Love
  17.   Come With Me
  18.   Seek 2000
  19.   Room 1904
  20.   Bennington
  21.   World Enough
  22.   Nothing Prevails
  23.   Man in the Dark Sedan
  24.   Don't You Want Me by Vitamin C
  25.   Capital I
  26.   Dominion
  27.   State of the Nation
  28.   Heffalumps and Woozles by Ayria
  29.   [We Don't Need This] Fascist Groove Thang
  30.   Praying to the Aliens by Leila Mack
  31.   On the Outside 3.0
  32.   Wrongful Death
  33.   Above and Below
  34.   Creatures of Light and Darkness
  35.   Dancing With Strangers
  36.   Jonestown
  37.   Get Back
  38.   Where Were You
  39.   The Prize
  40.   Land of the Blind
  41.   Runaway 2008
  42.   Mirrorshades/We Don't Take
  43.   Say It, Say It
  44.   New and Different
  45.   The Insoc Commercial
  46.   Xmas at Our House
  47.   The Orthodox Pleasure Song
  48.   Nothing Sacred (1983)
  49.   The Swamp
  50.   Creatures of Influence
  51.   Growing Up with Shiva
  52.   Kebabträume 1.0
  53.   White Roses 1.0
  54.   Ozar Midrashim 1.1
  55.   The Sky Away 2.0
  56.   Ending World 1.1
  57.   Empty 3.2
  58.   Can't Get Enough
  59.   Seeds of Pain
  60.   Run Away
  61.   I Like the Way You Werk It
  62.   Back in the Day
  63.   Baby Just Wants
  64.   Synthesizer
  65.   The Ridge 1.1
  66.   Seek300 2.11
  67.   On the Outside 2.1
  68.   Closing in 2.0
  69.   Mirrorshades
  70.   Hard Currency
  71.   Now That I Have You
  72.   A Knife and a Fork/R.I.P.
  73.   Controversy
  74.   Crybaby
  75.   To Be Free
  76.   Where Would I Be Without IBM
  77.   To the City
  78.   Going, Goning Gone
  79.   Peace & Love, Inc. (Radio Remix)
  80.   White Roses
  81.   The Ridge
  82.   Ozar Midrashim
  83.   The Sky Away
  84.   Ending World
  85.   On the Outside
  86.   Closing In
  87.   Empty 3.0
  88.   Are 'Friends' Electric?
  89.   Chemistry
  90.   If Only
  91.   Hack 1
  92.   How Long
  93.   Don't Touch the Devil
  94.   Don't Lose Your Mind
  95.   Me and My Rhythm Box
  96.   Hit Me
  97.   Tomorrow the World
  98.   Growing Up with Shiva (2008)
  99.   I Hate Music
  100.   Wrongful Death (2007)
  101.   Wrongful Death (1982)
  102.   Disco's Not Dead (It's Only Sleeping)
  103.   Nothing Sacred (2007)
  104.   Hooked on Pablum
  105.   You Are My Hiroshima
  106.   Get Up Away from That Thing
  107.   Bacchanale
  108.   Are 'Friends' Electric? 2.1
  109.   This Way Tonight
  110.   I Love It When...
  111.   More to This
  112.   Free
  113.   Can't Slow Down/T.V. Addicts
  114.   Fire Tonight
  115.   Something in the Air
  116.   Make It Funkier
  117.   Can You Live as Fast as Me
  118.   Fall in Line
  119.   Somnabulistic
  120.   Let It Burn
  121.   Chant Your Way
  122.   Signals
  123.   Hack 1/Charlie X
  124.   Empty
  125.   If It's Real
  126.   Still Here
  127.   Made to Be Broken
  128.   Seek300
  129.   Think/Wenn Wellen Schwingen
  130.   Make It Funky
  131.   Hey Hey Hey
  132.   Tomorrow
  133.   Over the Sea
  134.   Attitude
  135.   300bps N, 8, I
  136.   Slipping Away/Here Is Kazmeyer
  137.   Kiss You All Over
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