Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: electronic synthpop new wave britpop electronica british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This powerful UK duo was formed by Johnny Marr (John Martin Maher, 31 October 1963, Ardwick, Manchester, Lancashire, England) and Bernard Sumner (b. Bernard Dicken, 4 January 1956, Salford, Lancashire, England), both formerly key members of very successful Manchester-based bands, the Smiths and New Order, respectively. Although they first worked together in 1983, Electronic was not formed until 1989. After a brief period as guitarist for Matt Johnson’s The The and work with various well-known artists, such as David Byrne and the Pretenders, Electronic marked Marr’s move into more commercial territory. His instinct for infectious, melodic pop guitar and Sumner’s songwriting and programming ability proved to be an effective combination. Their first single, ‘Getting Away With It’, was released in 1989 on Manchester’s highly respected Factory Records and featured the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant as guest vocalist. This inspired move...

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