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  • Years Active

    1981 – present (40 years)

  • Members

    • Bill Vorn
    • Jean-Claude Cutz
    • Tracy Howe

Rational Youth was 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, released its first album after fourteen years, To the Goddess Electricity.

In 2000, a special ltd edit boxset with five cd-singles 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 its final concert on November 3, 2001, at the Tinitus Festival in Stockholm, Sweden.

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