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The Gruesome Twosome was a collaboration between Minimal Compact's Samy Birnbach (as Lord Solomon Pearbrook) and Norwegian producer Per Martinsen, who had been recording under the name Syamese. Influenced by '60s psychedelia and horror film soundtracks, their 1989 debut release was a track called Hallucination Generation that became a cult dance hit in the United States and was part of a new music sub-genre known as . A handful of singles followed and Frenchman Bertrand Burgalat joined the group in 1992 to help with the completion of the group's full-length album. That album, Candy from Strangers, appeared in 1993 on the Crammed Disc label and featured collaborations with Fortran 5, Paul Kendall and members of The Orb. Samy Birnbach later collaborated with fellow Minimal Compact member Malka Spigel and her husband, Wire's Colin Newman, as Oracle for their swim ~ label before beginning his career as DJ Morpheus. Per Martinsen currently records under the name Mental Overdrive and is one-half of the duos Illumination and Frost.

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