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covergirl ep

13.90€

Artist : The Actor 

Label : Enfant Terrible 

covergirl ep / 10"

Early 80's synth-pop material (1982) including on the first side a new fresh version of the "Cover Girl" track by The Actor himself. The other side contains two excellent remixes by the leaders of the french "Invasion PlanŤte" label.

unreal personality

7.29€

Artist : The Actor 

Label : Minimal Wave 

unreal personality / 7"

The Actor is a well known but simultaneously quite obscure minimal wave project that emerged from the Dutch home taping scene of the early 80's. The duo was formed by Marcel Reimer (vocals, keyboards) and Sander Horsthuis (keyboards) in Breda, The Netherlands in late 1981. Influences were DAF, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode and Fad Gadget. Guitars were no option, "because the amplifiers would mar the stage". The Actor caught the attention of cult cassette label Trumpett through their powerful live act and were signed to the label in April 1982. Their 1st, self-produced album was released in September 1982 as 'Exploded View' (an exploded view of a cassette tape was featured on the sleeve): 10 quite simply arranged synth-pop tracks that were dynamic and danceable, with lyrics sung both in English and German, relating to the modern world, fashion, dancing, fame, appearance and self-image. The edition of 400 copies sold out within 6 months. The track featured on this flexi-disc, "Unreal Personality", is the opening track of 'Exploded View' and the archetypical The Actor song, with lyrics directly referring to the band's name. The song was recorded during the summer of 1982. The music and lyrics were written by Marcel Reimer. The song was played and produced by Marcel Reimer and Sander Horsthuis. The equipment they used was the Korg MS-20, Crumar Performer, Casio VL-Tone, and Soundmaster SR-88 drum machine. It has been remastered from its original analog source tape for best possible sound reproduction. Flexi printed on clear flexible vinyl with silver embossed ink, edition of 999 hand-numbered copies accompanied by matte printed postcard of 'August 1975' by Jennifer Griffiths.

exploded view

17.49€

Artist : The Actor 

Label : Mannequin 

exploded view / LP

Reissue of one of the most important Dutch wave bands The Actor, with their seminal 1982 tape 'Exploded View'. "In the beginning of the 80's, a new phenomenon emerged: home taping. This way of recording resulted in a lot of noise. But that was less important then getting one's music out to the public. A well known label for cassette bands in those days was the dutch Trumpett Tapes. They were the 1st to publish the music of The Actor, who became their top selling cassette band in 1982 and 1983. The Actor's 1st release was 'Exploded View' in 1982. The songs (sung both in English and German) often related to fashion, modernism, dancing and appearence. This made The Actor quite fashionable". Remastered from the original tapes by Rude 66. Regular edition of 500 black vinyl copies.

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