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System 56

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The synth-pop brainchild of Steve Simenic, System 56 released as many records as they played shows—three. Simenic played all the instruments and recorded the band’s 45s in his bedroom.

After their “Metro Metro” and “Life on a Cool Curve” singles became college radio and WMMS mainstays, the band debuted to a sold-out crowd at the Phantasy Theater in 1984 - an unprecedented feat for a local artist. Two live shows and a 45 later,

Simenic abruptly broke up the group and quit music in 1985. Bassist Tom Lash (ex-Lucky Pierre) would go on to form Hot Tin Roof in 1990.

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