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Minneapolis, MN, USA

Information Society (aka Insoc), is a Minneapolis, MN, USA band, consisting of Kurt Harland (aka Kurt Valaquen, nee Kurt Larson), Paul Robb & James Cassidy; the latter two reconvened the band, in 2006. Their breakout hit was 1988’s What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy), a hit which included a sample of Leonard Simon Nimoy (as Spock, of Star Trek), saying “pure energy” & opened with a sample of Jackson DeForest Kelley (as Leonard McCoy, also Star Trek), saying, “It’s worked so far, but we’re not out yet!”

The band was formed in Minneapolis in the early 1980s, and they performed avant-garde music with flourishes of hip-hop, dub, and electro. In 1983 they independently released two albums, The InSoc EP and Creatures Of Influence. Two years later they released Running, their first single, which became a hit popular in New York City Latin dance clubs and “put them on the map”. The song, a 7-minute excursion into electro, was written and sung by Murat Konar, who left the band soon after. Their growing success led them from their native Minneapolis to NYC, and the ensuing revenues and contacts, as well as the addition of Amanda Kramer to the lineup, led them to record their proper debut album.

In addition to “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”, their self-titled major release debut Information Society (1988) also had another hit, Walking Away, and a cover of ABBA’s Lay All Your Love On Me.

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