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ISDN - The Future Sound Of London

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ISDN is a music album by experimental electronica artists The Future Sound of London which was released in two different versions in 1994 and 1995. The music on the album is edited together from various live broadcasts that the band had broadcast to radio stations all over the world using ISDN, which at the time was a relatively new technology. The band repeated the format in 1997 with the limited edition ISDN Show, another live album of ISDN broadcasts.

Stylistically, the record features some of the ambience of their previous work, but brings in elements of hip-hop, trip-hop and acid jazz.[5]

The two released versions have different track listings and cover art. The limited edition, a 10,000-copy pressing released in December 1994, has a black cover. The later release, which first appeared in June 1995, has a white cover with black writing, and a different track listing.

The album contains numerous references to several films such as Repo Man in "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" is a line spoken by the character J. Frank Parnell, and the track "It's My Mind That Works" samples Miller saying "you know how everybody's into weirdness right now" and "it's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness." There are also samples from the sci-fi epic movie Aliens in the track "Far Out Son Of Lung And The Ramblings Of A Madman",[2] along with robotic sounds and laser-fire from the film The Black Hole in the track "Just a Fuckin Idiot", and samples from films Escape From New York, Predator and The Exorcist II scattered throughout the record.


Track Listings:
    Limited edition

    "Just a Fuckin Idiot" – 5:39
    "The Far Out Son Of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman" – 4:29
    "Appendage" – 2:26
    "Slider" – 7:22
    "Smokin Japanese Babe" – 4:59
    "You're Creeping Me Out" – 6:32
    "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" – 3:45
    "It's My Mind That Works" – 3:25
    "Dirty Shadows" – 6:15
    "Tired" – 6:32
    "Egypt" – 4:11
    "Are They Fightin Us" – 6:23
    "Hot Knives" – 3:20
    "A Study Of Six Guitars" – 4:13
    "An End of Sorts" – 5:26

    Second edition

    "Just a Fuckin Idiot" – 5:39
    "The Far Out Son Of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman" – 4:29
    "Appendage" – 2:26
    "Slider" – 7:22
    "Smokin Japanese Babe" – 4:59
    "You're Creeping Me Out" – 6:32
    "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" – 3:45
    "It's My Mind That Works" – 3:25
    "Dirty Shadows" – 6:15
    "Tired" – 6:32
    "Egypt" – 4:11
    "Kai" – 4:24
    "Amoeba" – 5:21
    "A Study Of Six Guitars" – 4:13
    "Snake Hips" – 5:52

    Vinyl edition

    "Just a Fuckin Idiot" – 5:39
    "The Far Out Son Of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman" – 4:29
    "Appendage" – 2:26
    "Slider" – 7:22
    "Smokin Japanese Babe" – 4:59
    "You're Creeping Me Out" – 6:32
    "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" – 3:45
    "It's My Mind That Works" – 3:25
    "Dirty Shadows" – 6:15
    "Tired" – 6:32
    "Egypt" – 4:11
    "Are They Fightin Us" – 6:23
    "Kai" – 4:24
    "Amoeba" – 5:21
    "A Study Of Six Guitars" – 4:13
    "Snake Hips" – 5:52
Total Time: 74:27
Artist Name(s):
Garry Cobain, Brian Dougans
Producer(s):
The Future Sound of London
Release Year: 1994
Style:
Ambient, EBM, Experimental, Industrial, Progressive
Album Type:
Live, Studio
Formats:
Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
Engineer(s): Yage for EBV
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Astralwerks
Catalog Number(s):
ASW 6144-2
Location:
London, UK
Sources
Editions / Reissues
  1. CDVX 2755, 7243 8 40387 2 4 UK & Europe 1995
  2. ISDN ‎(CD, Album) Virgin, 7243 8 40387 2 4, V2 7243 8 40387 2 4 Canada 1995
  3. ISDN ‎(Cass, Album) Virgin, V4 7 2438 40387 4 8 Canada 1995
  4. ISDN ‎(CD, Album) Virgin, Electronic Brain Violence, Electronic Brain Violence 7243 8 40387 2 4, CDVX 2755 UK & Europe 1995
  5. ISDN ‎(15xFile, AAC, Album) Virgin none US Unknown
Synthesizers Used
Album Locator
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