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Manchester, United Kingdom (1989 – 1999)

Electronic were a duo formed in Manchester, UK in 1989 consisting of New Order vocalist Bernard Sumner and ex-The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from Pet Shop Boys and Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk also collaborated with the band.

They released three albums during the ’90s, with their debut Electronic selling over a million copies worldwide. However, the follow-up Raise The Pressure, despite debuting in the UK Top 10, was a commercial flop by comparison. The group’s highest charting singles is 1992’s Disappointed, which reached #6 in the UK. The band’s biggest American hit was 1989’s Getting Away With It which reached #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Twisted Tenderness was released in 1999 and again hit the UK Top 10. This third and final studio album was co-produced by influential New York club DJ and dance producer Arthur Baker, with whom Sumner had previously worked on New Order’s 1983 hit Confusion, amongst other songs. Marr and Sumner remained the only official members of the band, but were joined by Doves Jimi Goodwin on bass and Black Grape drummer Ged Lynch.

In September 2006 the duo’s work was compiled on the album Get The Message - The Best Of Electronic.


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  • Cylob

    Bands that sound like New Order (excluding side projects)

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed!

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sl8221958

    Loved the first album. Was sort of grieving the passing of the 80s synth pop dance sound at the time. This cassette helped me to taper off. However, the album 'Twisted Tenderness" rocked me socks off! Sure wish these 2 guys would do another.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • greenartist

    The first album reminds me of Pet Shop Boys. Besides, Neil Tennant wrote songs for the project and sung in some tracks. Still, they have so much in common !

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Leongssoftdrin

    I love you more than you love me

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Homebody911

    I love you more than you love me<333

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • NoddyGallagher

    You love me more than I love you.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • infectedmodes

    I love you more than you love me... And it's been true, all my life.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Classic!!! :-)---------------------------< Yesssssss!!!!

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • djgizmoe

    Yep, the first album was really, really good.

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • A-Orlando

    Having spent my adolescense listening New Order and Smiths for me was a really joy listening for radio fot the first time the Bernard's voice joined the Marr's guitar. Get the message.A summer time taste.

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lamblung

    Their first two albums were great. I didn't enjoy the third one as much, a little too rawky for my taste.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Bastafa

    tagged es electronic ...

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • pessimystica

    tripliks - cuz long long time ago, on a radio station far far away (in Houston, TX), "Getting Away With It" was played on the radio a LOT & "Idiot Country" was not. They also played "Disappointed" quite a bit as well. I had never heard "Get the Message" until i saw the video in the late 90s on MTV2. Long gone are those days where you could hear good stuff on the radio & a video station.....

    16 Jun 2011 Reply
  • TheVerve84

    "Time Can Tell" is one of the most gorgeous album closer's ever!, from Raise The Pressure, their best album in my opinion.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • marryssey

    I'm agree with you nikkichocnut, and what do you say to me about johnny marr?

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • nikkichocnut

    I feel comforted with Sumner's voice

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
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    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • infectedmodes

    Totally agree, it was a perfect union. So sad they're not anymore.

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • april29th

    well, it was a perfect union

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
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