Anglo For Your Ear: Electronic’s “Get the Message” and “Disappointed”

The Smiths + New Order + Pet Shop Boys = bliss. For me, this is the supergroup to end all supergroups. (Screw The Traveling Wilburys). New Order frontman Bernard Summer and Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, both Mancunians, had been mates for years before they decided to collaborate and form Electronic. True to the band’s name, Electronic explored Sumner and Marr’s fascination with club music. Neil Tennant got wind of it, and a titanic musical threesome was born. It was the most successful side project for all three members. Their very first single, “Getting Away With It” hit No. 12 in 1989, and they had two songs to crack the UK top 10.

1991’s “Get the Message” features Sumner on vocals:

Tennant contributed his fey vocals to 1992’s “Disappointed,” which sounds a lot like PSB:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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