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Future Past Tense Bonus Tracks

Rational Youth

Bonus remixes for Rational Youth's Future Past Tense EP, including "Dancing to the Fall of the Berlin Wall", as well as remixes from industrial legends Decoded Feedback, synthpop crew Diskodiktator, and more.
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To The Goddess Electricity

Rational Youth

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The Rational Youth comeback album To the Goddess Electricity was released 14 years after the band's second album Heredity, and over a decade after Rational Youth was officially put on hiatus by frontman Tracy Howe. The album revived interest in Canada's original synthpop band worldwide, leading to Rational Youth's reunion shows in Sweden, a boxset release, and press from AllMusic, Side-Line, Prospective Music, Exclaim!, and many others.

The title track was recently featured in an updated remix on the 15 anniversary reprint of Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995, published by Toronto's ECW Press. The famous Canadian rock encyclopedia also included a companion CD which featured Rational Youth along with Jane Siberry, Sloan, The Grapes of Wrath, Skydiggers and many others.

With the CD now out of print and the album celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2014, Artoffact Records issues a special vinyl version of To The Goddess Electricity. The new edition is remastered for vinyl and will include updated cover art, two previously unreleased bonus tracks, and an MP3 download code. The vinyl edition comes in three colours: black, blue, and yellow. Limited to 300 copies worldwide.

"Howe has always been a gifted writer, but on this album the personal material gives his writing an edge not found on previous Rational Youth."
-Aaron Badgley, AllMusic
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Dancing On The Berlin Wall (2011 Remixes)

Rational Youth

Originally released 2011 through YUL Records. Executive producer Marc de Mouy
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Thunderstruck / Underrated

Rational Youth

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It happened this year in Sweden. Rational Youth reunited for their first shows in Europe in well over a decade, supported by fellow-Canadian, though now long-time ex-pats Psyche. Both artists have a dedicated fan-following, and whether you take Unveiling the Secret or Cold War Night Life, The Crawler or Holiday in Bangkok, both artists have left an undeniable mark on the synthpop scene both in Canada and in Europe.

We are not really sure who came up with the admittedly kitsch idea of covering the AC/DC classic Thunderstruck, but after seeing it performed live as an encore from Stockholm to Malmo, we were sold. The familiar melody makes a killer analogue synthline, and the vocal performances by Tracy Howe and Darrin Huss are bang-on. Surely, tongues are firmly planted in cheeks on this one, but you've never had more fun, and after all that is what synthpop is all about. It's also a revenge song of sorts: Psyche's Synthpop revenge on all those years of bullying by AC/DC fans for listening to New Wave stuff like Gary Numan while in high school. By having fun with such an iconic stadium rock tune, the artists are bridging a gap in diversity.

The exclusive b-side Underrated is an original track that combines the best elements of Psyche and Rational Youth, with Howe's almost deadpan style creating the perfect counterpoint to Huss' crooning. Underrated is a spontaneous electro wonder created by Kevin Komoda, and brought to a frenetic final statement on unsung heroes by Darrin, Tracy, as well as Gaenor Howe on vocals.

The 7" vinyl is released on Artoffact Records in three colours:

1. Shot-glass clear, limited to 100 copies.
2. Can I come again please? white, limited to 150 copies.
3. Texas cheeseburger cheese orange, limited to 250 copies.

The record comes in a 3mm spined-sleeve and is a design replica of the original 1990 Australian-issue sleeve for AC/DC's own Thunderstruck 7". Both the iconic thunderbolt and the artist logos are done in a silver pantone. MP3 download coupon is also included.
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