Information Society (aka InSoc) hailed from Minnesota and
first formed in 1982. The band's name was essentially a derivative
of the word "ingsoc", a reference to British socialism as demonstrated
in the George Orwell book Nineteen Eighty-Four. In 1983,
Information Society self-released two albums, The InSoc EP and
Creatures of Influence. In 1985, the band released the single
"Running", which became a hit in the New York City dance scene.
The success of "Running" brought the band from
Minneapolis to New York City, where they landed a major record deal and
released their first
self-titled debut in 1988. Many of you will
remember the song "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" and
"Walking Away" from that album.
Another song worth mentioning from this album was the cover of ABBA's
"Lay All You Love on Me". Although their follow up release,
Hack (1990) was not nearly as successful, it did feature the hits
"Think" and "How Long".
As the years have gone by, Information Society has
continued to produce new material and tour from time to time, although
their 1988 debut was definitely their heyday. The current
Information Society Discography is as follows:1983: The InSoc EP
1984: Creatures of Influence
1988: Information Society
1992: Peace and Love, Inc.
1997: Don't Be Afraid
1999: InSoc Recombinant
2001: strange haircuts // cardboard guitars // and computer samples
2004: Pure Energy
2008: Don't Be Afraid
2008: Apocryphon: Electro Roots 1982-1985
2011: Energize! Classic Remixes, Vol. 1