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The Danse Society are a group from Barnsley, England, active from 1980. The original line-up included Steve Rawlings (voice), Paul Nash (guitar), Lyndon Scarfe (keyboards), Tim Wright (bass) and Paul Gilmartin (drums). Lyndon Scarfe was replaced by David Whitaker (formally of band Music for Pleasure) after the Heaven is Waiting Album.

In 1980, they recorded and released their first 7” single, “Clock,” on their own newly-formed record label, Society Records. The Seduction was their first independent album released on Society Records in 1982, a six-track album containing the live favourites “Godsend”, “Ambition” and “Danse Move” as well as the atmospheric classic “In Heaven Everything is Fine”. They recorded several Radio 1 sessions including a released John Peel session ‘Woman’s Own” and “Were So Happy” and topped the Independent Charts with the single “Somewhere”.

Their most well known album, Heaven is Waiting, was released in December, 1983 by Arista. The album contained the singles “Wake Up” and “Heaven is Waiting” and a cover of The Rolling Stones song, “2000 light years from home”, released in 1984 as a 12” single and as a limited edition double single. They released two further singles under Arista “Say it Again’ and “Hold On”. In 1986, after releasing their final album “Looking Through” back on their own label again, the band split from Rawlings and the other band members left to form Johnny In The Clouds.
Rawlings later reappeared in 1987 as Society with the single, “Saturn Girl”. After 1987, Rawlings continued to pursue his path in music in America with Meridian Dream.


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  • jeszczeniekot

    12 Jul 2:41pm Reply
  • TheGreatRaven

    One of the most interesting gothic/post-punk bands out there...

    28 Jun 6:49am Reply
  • MakeYouStrange

    Крайний релиз полная ерунда...Не надо было вообще под именем группы его выпускать коль вокалисту решили взять

    5 Mar 7:33pm Reply
  • ferminchoar

    Can anyone write me the lyrics of "My heart", i´d like to make a translation, anyone plz? thx in advance...

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Jon-Lucas

    I've found Steve on Facebook back in 2010 but he won't accept me, now he blocked me or all friend request. Doesn't surprise me being the secretive guy he is. That reminds me to not bother people I don't know.

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • greygrrl

    TDS with a female singer isn't the same TDS. They should have renamed it....or gotten a MALE singer. But then, the female singer has sort of slept her way into the band...(fact)

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • pope-punk

    lmao the artwork on the new album though

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ThalesLindberg

    yep I agree with you CMoon_ , I really dont like this new album, now there's one question? where's Steve rawlings? any news about him?

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CMoon_

    New album is just bad and boring. Sad to say this about TDS, but...:(

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ThalesLindberg

    TDS without Steve Rawlings its a joke, (fact)

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ggleng

    I really like Heaven Is Waiting, but the other material did not impress me much...[2]

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Iamjustapeasant


    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tommygun138

    These frayed edges...mhm

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • out_of_line

    Must be a joke, where did they find that singer..?? Nah this is not The Danse Society anymore...

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Kiernanbite

    Right, it's a great album once you give it a chance. But it would better if they had changed their name because in some way they are corrupting The Danse Society's Legacy.

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Alfa-Beta

    Oh dear, their new gothic metal combined with metaphysical deviations is just no good.

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • shark-a

    I really like Heaven Is Waiting, but the other material did not impress me much...

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Sirprice

    Check out this SIOUXSIE-BAUHAUS-CURE influenced project DADA DUMDUMS. .

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • starbearer-

    I can't believe its taken THIS long for me to discover one of the founding fathers of many of the sounds i listen to and play myself. I've got a lot of listening to these guys a lot to catch up on.

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Totentanzz

    I Love this obscure post-punk sound,they create <3 ~

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
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