On this day in music history: May 28, 1991 - “Electronic”, the debut album by Electronic is released. Produced by Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr, it is recorded at Clear Recordings in Manchester, UK, from September 1989, January 1990 - Early 1991. Originally conceived as a one off project, the album is a collaboration between New Order lead singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner, Pet Shop Boys vocalist Neil Tennant, and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Having met each other in 1984, Sumner and Marr first work together on a track for Factory Records A&R man/DJ Mike Pickering’s side project Quando Quango. Some four years later, Sumner calls Marr up and ask if he’s interested in a new project. Wanting to explore dance music even more outside of New Order, their initial plan is to release a handful of white label 12" singles through Factory Records. Recording takes place at Marr’s home studio in Manchester. Midway through the project, Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys hears of Sumner and Marr working together through graphic design artist Mark Farrow (of Circle 3), and asks if he can participate. The initial release from the trio is the single “Getting Away With It” (#12 UK, #38 US Pop, #7 US Club Play, #4 US Modern Rock) which quickly climbs the UK singles and dance charts. From the buzz that it receives as an import single, New Order’s US label Qwest/Warner Bros issues it as a domestic 12", becoming a solid hit on modern rock radio and in dance clubs. When the full album finally surfaces eighteen months after the initial release of “Getting Away With It”, it spins off three more singles including “Get The Message” (#8 UK, #1 US Modern Rock, #8 US Club Play) and “Tighten Up” (#6 US Modern Rock). “Electronic” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, and number one hundred nine on the Billboard Top 200.
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