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Rational Youth were a Canadian New Wave band, originally formed in 1981 in Montreal, Quebec, by synthesizer wizards Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn, both of whom idolized the German synthpop pioneers Kraftwerk.

Among the band’s notable singles were “Saturdays in Silesia” and “Dancing on the Berlin Wall,” from their debut album, Cold War Night Life (1982); and “In Your Eyes” and “Holiday in Bangkok,” from Heredity (1985) (both tracks appeared previously on a Rational Youth mini-album from 1983).

In 1999, Rational Youth, with a new lineup of original frontman Howe and new keyboard players Jean-Claude Cutz and Dave Rout, they released their first album in fourteen years, “To The Goddess Electricity”.

In 2000, a special limited edition five cd-single boxset was realesed. It contained “Rational Youth EP”, “Coboliod Race”, “City of Night”, “Saturdays in Silesia” and “In Your Eyes”, all in paper sleeves resembling the vinyl originals.

Rational Youth toured throughout Scandinavia over the next two years, and played their final concert on November 3, 2001, at the Tinitus Festival in Stockholm, Sweden.

Original members Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn came together again in 2009, at the initiative of Marc Dumouy, recording a new version of their 1982 hit “Dancing On The Berlin Wall” in honour of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Wall.


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