Mad at the World might seen like an odd influence if you are familiar with them. I say that because most people probably remember them for albums like Season of Love, Boomerang, Through the Forest, and The Ferris Wheel. But Roger and Randy Rose started the band with a completely different sound. In 1987 their debut album was euro-synth-pop the likes of Depeche Mode. It caught my ear back in ’87, but not like their second release “Flowers in the Rain” in 1988. This album was similar in sound, but more edgy and guitar driven. I would liken it to Gary Numan.
Flower in the Rain
Skip to the 2nd track in this video to give the title track a listen. The song Puppet Strings features Randy on vocals. His raspy voice is incredible. I would love to hear this album re-recorded and produced by Travis Wyrick.
The band went on to produce several more rock albums. Randy went on to produce some solo work as well. It’s an interesting thing for me to look back at how different bands helped to shape my musical tastes. These guys are cool in my book.
In 1992, an industrial band of the Christian variety released their first album. This self titled album was pretty good for a 1992 sophomore effort. The album focused on the telling of a futuristic sci-fi story of a humanoid wanting to discover if he had a soul. The story telling part of the album really drew me in, being just a teenager at the time. Songs like Babylon USA and Die to Myself are both classics.
Then, in 1994, they released their second and last album titled “Void”. I felt like this album really brought them out into their own and showed that they could have a sound all their own.
This album was very strong in my mind, and for the life of me I don’t understand why they stopped here. “Lie to Me” is still fresh sounding, along with several other tracks. Many of the songs are incredibly catchy on top of having a good, hard industrial sound.
So now it’s 20 years after this release. I’m unable to pull anything up to find out what they are up to today. So, Under Midnight, if you’re listening, hit me up. Tell me what you’re doing now!
Gary Numan may have become famous for the euro-pop songs “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric” back in 1979, but his sound today is heavily rooted in Industrial. I would consider him to be one of the first of his kind, infusing electronic music and rock.
So when a godfather of a genre releases an album, you should pay attention. His last album to date, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind), was released in 2013. I had my head so buried in the NIN album Hesitation Marks (Deluxe Edition)
, that I didn’t notice. I know, shame on me. Ten years after Hybrid, my favorite albums of his, I have a new favorite.
The best part is that the album is available with Amazon Prime, or you can buy it for just $5 right now. If the price changes at some point, it’s not my fault!
Gary has undoubtedly influenced me, as well as so many other musicians. And while he may not be mainstream at this point in time, his music is on the top of my charts right now.
Gary Numan – Cars
Often times artists, for one reason or another, quit. They sell their instruments and gear, and just move on. We never know how many of them were just on the cusp of making something great before they quit.
Some people might think that making music is easy, and you could do it in your sleep. But those of us who work at our crafts, know better. If nothing else, it requires time. Lots of time. Continue reading