Silicon Teens were a British virtual electronic new wave pop group. The project was the creation of Mute Records founder Daniel Miller , with Frank Tovey acting as the band's fictional frontman. The "group" were publicised as a quartet with members named Darryl, Jacki, Paul and Diane, but in reality these individuals did not exist and for media interviews their parts were played by actors, with the band's lead singer Darryl portrayed by musician Frank Tovey. Miller also produced the recordings under the pseudonym "Larry Least", a play on the name of s pop producer Mickie Most. The project was launched in with the single " Memphis Tennessee ", a cover of the Chuck Berry song.
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After making one, solitary studio full-length, these acts were promptly derailed by death, internal band politics or the simple desire to put something down and never pick it back up. Here are the best one-and-dones. The band swooped in and out of the hardcore scene as fast and aggressively as any of the songs on their lone LP. Rapid and chillingly frenetic to the bone, elements of the band's visceral sound are credited as the launch of "emo," which ultimately would mutate into chart-topping pop acts like Fall Out Boy and Panic! Rites of Spring balked at the term, but what is more hardcore than soul-baring expressions of love, pain and sadness? Pete Townshend's chauffeur-flatmate John "Speedy" Keen, jazz-pianist postal employee Andy "Thunderclap" Newman" and teenaged future Wings guitarist Jimmy McCullough comprised this one-hit-wonder of a band. They're best known for "Something in the Air," a throbbingly perfect pro-revolution anthem, but the rest of the trio's single album is fairly terrific as well.
Who would have thought that the same gent responsible for the Normal 's "Warm Leatherette" -- the classic, whip-cracking electronic ode to J. Ballard 's auto-erotic novel Crash -- would follow it up several months later with a small clutch of singles covering '50s and '60s rock classics? And who would have thought that it would lead to a full LP?
Chicago electronic duo Far Rad seem to be trying for a retro-futuristic sound in the style of Daniel Miller 's late-'70s recordings as the Normal and the Silicon Teens. When the focus is on the keyboards, all is right with the album; "Picture Picture," for example, has the lo-fi prettiness of some of Thomas Leer 's pioneering abstract-synth explorations. Unfortunately, Far Rad are not an instrumental band. Mike Perkins whose work with the underrated Sig Transit Gloria suggests that he certainly should know better chooses to sing the entire album in a profoundly irritating yelping imitation of Pere Ubu 's David Thomas , with nothing of Thomas ' subtlety or humor, and the lyrics are similarly obtuse. There is half of a very good album on This Candy's Gross , if one can tune out the other half sufficiently to enjoy it.