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Elegant Machinery is a Swedish synthpop band. Borrowing heavily from the likes of Depeche Mode, they are one of few recent bands dedicated to making traditional synthpop music. Along with such bands as Page, S.P.O.C.K, Sista Mannen På Jorden and KieTheVez they define the sound of the Swedish synthpop movement.
Heavily influenced by acts like Yazoo, Human League, Depeche Mode, Rational Youth and Robert Marlow, Richard Johansson and Leslie Bayne started the band in 1988 under the name Pole Position.

Robert Enforsen joined the band as lead vocalist in 1989, and the band released their first demo, at which point they changed their name to elegant MACHINERY, a name derived from the album by Data.
Due to Leslie Bayne’s stagefright, Johan Malmgren joined the band as a tour musician in 1992. He later became a permanent member.
The band was very successful in Sweden, with a number of successful singles and various awards. In the rest of Europe, their biggest break into the mainstream was with the single Process, which reached number 5 in the Spanish charts.
elegant MACHINERY disbanded in 1999.
In 2001, the band temporarily reunited (with Johan temporarily replaced by Jarmo Ollila of Daily Planet) for their first-ever American appearance, followed by a performance in Mexico. Over the next few years, the band performed a number of times in Europe.


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  • My_Sharona

    Very 80' sounding.♥

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tangerman

    Scandinavian Synthpop Channel on You Tube :-) 200 tracks with Swedish, Norwegian and Danish Synthpop.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • RussianVarg

    Not bad! But... there is sense, that I've listened it again and again... in another words: good old songs, but very crocked.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • skalberg242

    @kanton: Yes. This and Biggie.

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • kanton

    Was this on Breivik's ipod?!

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • skalberg242

    I have no problem remaining apolitical. Just stating what I see and hear over here in Sweden, and from my objective eyes the left wing are by far the worst when it comes to verbally and sometimes physically attacking people. I don't take any political stand in saying that, it's just what I've observed over the years. When it comes to politics (and not the actions from political people, mind you) I couldn't care less. I don't vote. Richard can do whatever he wants outside of EM for all I care. All I know is that I like music and EM has never had anything to do with politics. That's why I'm fed up with people mixing that shit into it.

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Gusbreslauer

    @Eighties, "I'm so tired of fanatic people and their fingerpointing (mostly the ones from the left/extreme left)" You don't find this statement to be the least bit contradicting? You cannot remain apolitical and show animosity to only one side of the spectrum in the same breath, it sort of sounds oxymoronic or something to me, just sayin', not trying to argue about politics just found the statement a little confusing.

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nyork_binox

    v I am not big on politics either. I still think the music's great, but it is a bit unnerving knowing that Richard is associated with a group that has a history of racism.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • skalberg242

    Politics is sooo boring. :/ I live in Sweden and I'm so tired of fanatic people and their fingerpointing (mostly the ones from the left/extreme left). EM has always been a nonpolitical band but some people in Sweden tries to make it political because of Richard. Anyway, they have split up in the past too but I don't know what caused it this time.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • EightiesForever

    Has EM splited because the politival view of Richard?But i tought EM does NOT made political songs:))I love EM because The Music is just Awesome!Robert you are just a nice guy:))

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nyork_binox

    @karl_den_nollte: I've heard the other two members don't share the same political views as Richard. What are their political views, though?

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Kamelbluff

    @karl_den_nollte: bra där!

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • skalberg242

    @karl_den_nollte: Boo fucking hoo.

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • karl_den_nollte

    I have removed EM from my library and I will never listen to them again. I won't have anything to do with Richard Jomshof as long as he is part of the racist nationalist party Sverigedemokraterna.

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • avatar242

    Move Underneath my skin, connect, ignore the scars within...

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Joekingjoe123

    feel the silence is pretty cool.

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • czorna666

    I like it ;-)

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • eightiespopfan

    I have recently discovered them to my embarrassment but will surely spent time to do more research and tributes on my blog.

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • m-madz

    perfeito *-*

    5 Jan 2011 Reply

    very elegant music synthpop ;)

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
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