Without doubt, Jo Callis is one of the unsung heroes of the Synth Britannia era. His three year tenure with THE HUMAN LEAGUE directly contributed to their imperial phase; his most famous song with the Sheffield electronic pioneers was ‘Don’t You Want Me?’ which reached No1 in both the UK and US charts.
Callis is about to return to the live circuit with his new band FINGER HALO. Now well and truly "back-Back-BACK", he kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his career. Continue Reading ›
VIENNA sounded like a dreamy, less industrialised cousin of HARD CORPS who supported DEPECHE MODE on the 'Music For The Masses' tour.
But the DM connections didn’t end there for Odile was Martin Gore’s girlfriend. She can be seen as part of the Mode entourage in the D A Pennebaker documentary ‘101’. In an exclusive interview, Odile Arias answered some questions that The Electricity Club put to her about VIENNA and her time in the DEPECHE MODE circle. Continue Reading ›
Nottinghamshire’s FATAL CHARM were, like several bands during the post-punk era, on the cusp of the big time on several occasions but never quite broke through. The excellent first single ‘Paris’ was issued in 1981 and produced by Midge Ure.
However, line-up changes and label issues stalled any momentum gained on the ULTRAVOX and OMD tours. It wasn’t until 1984 when FATAL CHARM released probably their best known song ‘Summer Spies’ that things started moving again. Continue Reading ›
Named after the Latin phrase meaning “let there be light”, FIAT LUX were one of the most promising of the new synthesizer based acts that emerged following the success of DEPECHE MODE and SOFT CELL in 1981. Founded in 1982 by drama graduates Steve Wright and David Crickmore, the pair had met at college in Wakefield.
Bill Nelson produced two tracks ‘Feels Like Winter Again’ and ‘This Illness’ for release on his Cocteau Records label in November 1982. Continue Reading ›
In 2013, it would appear electronic pop music is as popular as ever with classic acts such as OMD, PET SHOP BOYS and KARL BARTOS producing some of their best work since their heyday. And with them come many new acts who have been inspired by the innovators.
But one comment often keeps being repeated whenever The Electricity Club discusses particularly the new all-male synth acts on the scene with its colleagues and friends: “They’re not MIRRORS!” Continue Reading ›