Sunday, March 29, 2020

Musical Interlude: What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy) (1988)

Information Society's first two albums had a distinct pop culture flavor, thanks to an iconic 60's sci-fi cult favorite.

The band used audio samples from Star Trek on various tracks on their 1988 self-titled debut, and the 1990 followup, "Hack". This was the result of the band making contact with Adam Nimoy, son of 60's & 70's icon Leonard Nimoy, who was a fan of the band (Adam, that is). Adam aided the band in obtaining the rights to use audio samples not only of his father's dialogue as Mr. Spock, as you'll hear in "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)", but also DeForest Kelley, on the same track, and William Shatner, on the followup single, "Walking Away".

We should point out that Leonard Nimoy's other contribution to 80's pop was a guest appearance in a Bangles video ("Goin' Down to Liverpool").


magicdog said...

I used to hear this tune quite a bit back in the day - although Nimoy's and Kelley's voices were edited out of the radio version.

Rights issues perhaps?

hobbyfan said...

Possibly, though I remember hearing Nimoy on the radio version distinctly, because there's no way that song plays on the radio without the "pure energy" byte.