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There are 2 bands under the name LFO.

1) English band LFO were one of the pioneers of the harsh techno of the early 1990s. Originally comprising Gez Varley (also known as Jez Varley) and Mark Bell, they met while studying at Leeds and gave their first track, the eponymous “LFO”, to Nightmares On Wax. The demo’s popularity in clubs lead to the track being released by Warp in 1990, where it made it into the Top Twenty. The name “LFO” comes from the term low frequency oscillator, a component used to alter sounds in synthesizers, samplers etc.

Gez Varley left the duo in 1996, and continues to have a solo career. Mark Bell continues to record under his own name and that of LFO, as well as producing albums for Björk and Depeche Mode.

LFO’s album ’Frequencies’ (containing the previously mentioned “LFO” and its follow-up single, “We Are Back”) was a popular album for Warp Records and undoubtedly helped establish them as a successful global independent electronic label, along with label-mates Nightmares On Wax and Sweet Exorcist. It was originally released with a warning sticker stating that the record company was not responsible for the potential damage to speakers due to the the extremely loud, low frequency bass signals contained within the music.

‘Frequencies’ was followed by the less commercially successful ’Advance’ and, in 2003, by ’Sheath’ which saw a return to the earlier minimal techno sound of LFO’s debut.

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  • SAC666

    I'd much rather listen to the Techno LFO. id rather listen to music without lyrics than music with lyrics any day.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    http://www.factmag.com/2013/07/22/the-20-best-bleep-records-ever-made/

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FakePlasticDick

    What a shitty opinion

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Okamifan_1

    The only time i EVER listen to techno or that abysmal garbage (my friends will probably yell at me for saying this) Dubstep, is when i want to kick a freestyle.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Okamifan_1

    Fuck off how is techno more credible than something with lyrics... No matter how mediocre the teen pop groups lyrics were. They had lyrics... Something techno lacks... If you don't have lyrics it's not music, its just a beat.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GPX

    BitchOfAgnesi is not talking about literal rock but about the point of view that is associated with fans, journalists and critics of rock music. Rock > pop. From a rockist stance British techno LFO is more credible than the other LFO

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • smwxs

    freak is really the most listened to song? probably one of my least favourite

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    All my plays are of Girl on TV. Has I done something wrong?

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mankymusic

    oh my god! - how on earth did I manage to not hear stealth until now - its fecking awesome! YEAH!!!!

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • yourmilk

    Rock has nothing to do with it trust me

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jorgepolog

    Freak!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • BitchOfAgnesi

    it's lyte funkIE ones. also they were nearly without exception never called 'lyte funkie ones' on the main (usa) releases of their albums and singles so i'm not sure why everyone is foaming at the mouth about this -- your issue is obviously not about correctness. stop trying to force them into the corner just because they're a boyband u filthy rockists.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • IAJP

    NOT SURE IF LOW FREQUENCY OSCILLATOR ARE TOURING..OR LYTE FUNKY ONES

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    @swietadympna: what makes you say?

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • sleeplesstown

    Both LFOs should do a split EP

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Pruitt-Igoe

    Last.fm seriously need to do something about this filthy dogshit! How hard can it be to have multiple pages for arists who tragically share the same name? @blackmetalcore: Well, it makes you think that there is some hope left on this earth.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • blackmetalcore

    Techno LFO is more popular than boy band LFO? Huh...

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mijajo

    Advance > Frequencies > Sheath

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Shru

    ♪You love hip hop and rock n roll~! Dad took off when you were 4 years old~!♪

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jeff071

    LFO is back. His VCMG remix is awesome.

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
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