WHEN BARNEY MET JOHNNY AND THEY TEAMED UP WITH NEIL

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Proof that supergroups sometimes do work:-

mp3 : Electronic – Getting Away With It

The debut single. Hugely anticipated on release it didn’t disappoint.  Reviews were almost universally and deservedly positive:-

NME  :  “The most complete pop record of the week, by an infinite margin… A lovely airy melody drifts in and out of the song; gently weighted with obtuse, lovelorn one-liners… The record somehow manages to be much more than the sum of its parts and stubbornly refuses to give up its element of mystery”

Sounds :  “It’s nothing shocking, nothing that surprising, it’s just that every time you think you’re tired of it you can’t help flipping back the stylus to catch that chorus”.

Over the next decade or so, Electronic would write and record some brilliant dance music with some of the best guitar work that Johnny Marr ever laid down.  But they never again got as close again to the sound of Italian House that was all the rage for a while at the end of the 80s.

The orchestral arrangement came courtesy of Anne Dudley of The Art Of Noise, the full effect of which can be heard on the extended version:-

mp3 : Electronic – Getting Away With It (Extended)

The b-side is total house music and was for a number of years uses as the theme tune for a football highlights programme here in Scotland:-

mp3 : Electronic – Lucky Bag

A #12 hit in the UK, I’d guess that out with New Order this may well have been the biggest selling single ever released on Factory.

Enjoy

6 thoughts on “WHEN BARNEY MET JOHNNY AND THEY TEAMED UP WITH NEIL

  1. Great record- really puts me back in time and place. Think a couple of Mondays singles may have come close in terms of sales- Step On, KInky Afro maybe

  2. Step On would probably be the best-selling Factory single “outwith New Order”, given it was #50 in the year-end chart for 1990.

  3. Well somebody didn’t read this post closely enough!

    I promise to write ‘out with New Order this may well have been the biggest selling single ever released on Factory’ 100 times.

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