- The Metronomes - the ballad of the metronomes -

the ballad of the metronomes


Artist : The Metronomes 

Label : Mannequin 

Genre : 80's - Minimal Synth / Cold Wave / Indus. / Angst-Pop

the ballad of the metronomes / 2x12"+7" / MNQ 015

High in demand re-release of both LP's "Multiple Choice" from 1980 & "Regular Guys" from 1985, plus the 2 singles on 7" "Saturday Night / Sunday Morning" & "A Circuit Like Me" from this legendary minimal synth band from Australia. The group was an integral part of the early electronic music scene in Australia and their releases have become a collector’s item in Europe, as they are mostly impossibile to find. The Metronomes first appeared in Melbourne in 1979. Their 1st 7" single "Saturday Night / Sunday Morning" came out in 1980, featuring a real metronome as rhythm section with instrumentals layered over, instead the second "A Circuit Like Me / Closed Circuit" from 1980 is addice more to experimentation with drum machines, rhytm sections for both sides were recorded using a borrowed Roland CR 78. It was the first time in their compositions that a vocal had been used, courtesy of a lady called Talking Judy. The 1st Lp 'Multiple Choice' was recorded in the winter of 1980, using Roland Strings, a mini-Korg, some Arp synthesizers and a Boss Dr-55, a drum machine that was intensivly used by many minimal synth bands during the 80's and by legendary bands like Sisters of Mercy or New Order in their first songs. The 2nd album 'Regular Guys', published in 1985, was recorded after a break in which all the members various lives and careers took left and right hand turns, surely more premeditated, as most of the songs arrived in studio already written. Each writer had creative contro lover their respective songs, a long-standing. Limited to 500 copies !!

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