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bis: Social Dancing [Deluxe Edition]

Track List

>Making People Normal
>I'm a Slut
>Action and Drama
>Theme from Tokyo
>Hit Girl, The
>Am I Loud Enough?
>Young Alien Types
>Sale or Return
>It's All New
>Listen Up
>Eurodisco [Les Rythmes Digitales Remix] - (remix)
>Eurodisco [DJ Scissorkicks Remix] - (remix)
>Eurodisco [Klute Polka Remix] - (remix)
>Eurodisco [Bob Kraushaar/Pete Gleadall Vocal] - (remix)
>Detour [The Dusk Mix] - (remix)
>Like Robots
>Cinema Says
>Stray Cat Blues
>Not Even Close
>Seventeen Hours
>Germ Free Adolescents
>Kiss and Tell
>Why Don't We Go Home?
>Famous [Andy Gill Version]
>Dead Wrestlers
>Are You Ready?
>How Can We Be Strange?
>I Want It All
>Beats at the Office
>Punk Rock Points
>Why Are We Waiting? [12" Version]
>Famous [Demo Verion]
>Kid Cut [Demo Version]
>Eurodisco [Demo]

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (9/16/99, p.117) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...songs as effervescent as a mouthful of Pop Rocks....They've aged their sweet teen-punk image into ear candy with a pleasingly tart aftertaste."

Spin (10/99, p.166) - 6 out of 10 - "...sets traditional teen-beat tirades about living in end-of-the-century oblivion to 15 years of disposable dance music...in an attempt to use the Man's techno tools to sandblast the clogged system..."

Entertainment Weekly (8/13/99, p.77) - "...the entire album has the irrepressible bounce of animation at its best." - Rating: A-

Alternative Press (9/99, p.91) - 3 out of 5 - "...making their catchy pop sound fit for a proper dance club....Bis are giving us their most diverse and thoughtful recording yet."

Magnet (8-9/99, p.70) - "...Bis imbues its catchy pop songs withthe bratty attitude of young 20-somethings who still think they know everything....while [they] may not know everything, they certainly know a lot about making good music."

CMJ (7/19/99, p.3) - "...a refined sensibility....[their] energy levels remain in-the-red....SOCIAL DANCING is a mature and marked step forward for Scotland's...most fervent musical export."

Album Notes

Bis: John Disco, Manda Rin, Sci-Fi Steven.

Additional personnel: Lois Maffeo (vocals); Andy Gill, Rik Flick (guitar, keyboards); Vincent Fleming, Alan Mason (violin); Martin Wiggins (viola);

Helen Mosherry (cello); Richie Dempsey (samples).

Recorded at Apollo Studios, Glasgow, Scotland.

Personnel: Andy Gill, Rik Flick (guitar, keyboards); Richie Dempsey (drums).

Liner Note Author: Sci-Fi Steven.

Photographer: Joe Dilworth.

After bis' first album seemed to put a period at the end of their early iteration as a riotous grrrl/boy trio, the band needed to change things up a bit to keep from being stuck in first gear. On 1999's Social Dancing, they tried a whole bunch of different stuff, from more punky rave-ups to slinky trip-hop, and if the end result is a little scattered, it's also an enjoyable mess. When bis fit the pieces together in the right way, they end up with genius pop music like the rollicking "I'm a Slut" or the raging "The Hit Girl." Here they take the simple formula they were working with before and supercharge it, adding new wave synths and hyper-competent guitar work. The bulk of the album follows this basic set-up, with Manda Rin yowling happily and John Disco and Sci-Fi Steven making lots of streamlined racket. When they stretch a little, the results are less reliable. On one end of the spectrum, "Eurodisco" is a glittering shard of Euro-disco that everyone from Cerrone to LCD Soundsystem would be happy to call their own creation, on the other is the Massive Attack-flavored "Detour," a song features some ill-advised rapping and a mood that is just too foreign to bis for them to make work. Fortunately, the scales are tipped decidedly in favor of good and the album works as a transitional move that's not only a solid step forward but also a total blast to listen to. ~ Tim Sendra


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