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Sigue Sigue Sputnik

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Sigue Sigue Sputnik is a British Pop- band that achieved moderate fame in the mid- to late 1980s, when the song Love Missile F1-11 hit the pop charts around the world. “Love Missile F1-11“‘s success was due in part to the song’s use in the hit movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Led by former Generation X bassist Tony James, the band created a unique style of music by layering vocals, yelps, guitar riffs, electronic sound effects, and short samples over pulsating synthesizer bass lines.

The themes and imagery in the band’s songs were often influenced by futuristic, dystopian, or post-apocalyptic films such as a clockwork orange, , Blade Runner, and the Mad Max trilogy. The band’s music and image also mashed together a range of other pop culture influences, including the New York electronica duo Suicide, Marc Bolan’s T-Rex, and the swagger and sex appeal of Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, and .

The original line-up also featured Martin Degville, Neal X (Whitmore), Chris Kavanagh, and Ray Mayhew. Tony James’ friend Mick Jones, a former member of The Clash, gave James advice about starting the band and selecting musicians. While searching for members, in 1983 Tony James tried out Andrew Eldritch from The Sisters of Mercy and, on Mick Jones’ suggestion, auditioned the then-unknown Annie Lennox. As well, Jones gave James a Roland G-707 synth guitar, which at the time was a new and rarely-used device. The futuristic, electronic sounds of the synth guitar helped James to create Sputnik’s new wave-cyberpunk sound.

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