Crash Course in Science (CCIS) is an electronic musical group that was formed in 1979. The band members, Dale Feliciello, Mallory Yago and Michael Zodorozny, met while attending art school in Philadelphia, USA.
The band was formed as a way to explore performance art and music, which the members desperately needed to express. Choosing toy instruments and live drums out of necessity, CCIS began to experiment with a series of recording devices. The toy instruments gave way to crude drum machines and 'Frankenstein' typehomemade instruments. As a result, CCIS came upon a sound they could call their own.
Their first single, “Cakes in the Home”, `was a 7'' record that introduced listeners’ to the noisy, humorous, unpredictable world that is Crash Course in Science. It also included the “classic” 'Kitchen Motors' as well as 'Mechanical Breakdown'. Their 7'' record was released in the USA on 'GO GO Records' and in England on Rough Trade in 1979. Kitchen Motors was also included on the“Machines” compilation on Virgin Records in 1980.
Crash Course in Sciences appeal increased after their numerous appearances on the cult television program, ”The Uncle Floyd Show' and live concert appearances.
Following the release of the first record and tour dates, Dale Feliciello, the mastermind of Crash Courses in Sciences homemade gear, was hard at work on a new series of, one of a kind instruments that would lead CCIS in a new direction. A darker, more sinister sound evolved with the humor still intact. At this point CCIS was ready to record 'Signals From Pier Thirteen' which was released in the USA and England in 1981. The songs 'Cardboard Lamb' and'Flying Turns' quickly became club favorites during the early 80's. This record has been regarded as influential to the techno industrial genres and was an early inception of what is now known as the ‘electro’ sound. This record is still highly sought after by collectors and fans today.
Crash Course in Science had the pleasure of opening for 'The Phillip Glass Ensemble' at the University of Pennsylvania after the release of 'Signals ‘ to the delight of some and to the shock and horror of others in audience! The members of the group are also involved in film and video projects including ’Cardboard Lamb' and 'Glamour Pills’, which have been shown on television and nightclubs.
Currently (2009) they released a nice collector box-set including, amongst other releases, a reproduction of their first 7'' and the 12'' 'Signals from Pier Thirteen' including the songs 'Cardboard Lamb' and 'Flying Turns' still sound fresh and up-to-date. Also included is the 'Near Marineland' LP containing completed mixes of previously unreleased studio material arranged and produced by John Wicks, CCIS's original producer and current part of the Crash Course In Science live line-up.
After listening to this Box-Set you will be convinced and have no doubts about CCIS being the godfather of 90's Techno-Music and their ultimate protagonist-role. They remain an inspiration pool for many Elektro bands/artists today.
Their memorable, and already legendary comeback, concert at the renown BIM festival (19/12/2009, Trix Antwerp, B), the Euro-Tours (2010, 2012, 2015) and the many US club shows prove that Crash Course In Science is back in full force and still knows how to kick electro ass!
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