The Danse Society is an English group formed in Barnsley in 1980 and originally composed of Steve Rawlings, Paul Nash, Lyndon Scarfe, Tim Wright and Paul Gilmartin.
A first single "Clock" was released in 1980 and enjoyed great success on the English independent scene.
A first album called "Seduction" was released two years later in 1982. The same year released the single "Somewhere" which then became their biggest success to date.
But it was a year later in 1983 that things suddenly accelerated when the album "Heaven is wainting" was released, the band's flagship album and which produced the 2 biggest hits of all their discography, namely "Wake up” and “Heaven is waiting”. The notoriety of the group then takes on a global dimension thanks to this particularly successful album.
The group will release a new album "Looking through" in 1986 but it will be unable to compete with its predecessor. And all the singles that follow thereafter will meet with limited success as well.
Either way, this band will stay as one of the most unusual and original bands of the 1980s and just as such, we had to put them in the spotlight.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
There is no shame in death 1981
We’re so happy 1983
Wake up 1983
Heaven is waiting 1983
Red light (Shine) 1983
2000 light years from home 1984
Say it again 1985
Saturn girl 1987
Love it 1987
1980 ... the beginnings of a small group resolutely oriented Cold Wave. A rather particular niche in which they will really excel ...
1981 ... it is clear that some songs can be frankly disorienting and that there is still work to be done. Let's be patient ...
1982 ... the Cold Wave orientation is accentuated but allows the group to find its style and its sound. The rise in power is slow but obvious ...
1983 ... they operate in a typically English niche which will only be competed with by a few rare German groups. A unique know-how but difficult to approach ...
1983 ... the inspiration is taken up a notch and even if the sound remains difficult to reach for ordinary people, it is clear that this group, in its register, has a talent more than certain !
1983 ... which will undoubtedly remain as one of their most successful titles. A unique sound for a unique group, therefore a unique result ! HU-GE !
1983 ... a year 1983 which saw the group reach a level of maturity sufficient to produce large caliber pieces. A new proof with this title !
1984 ... and still that unique sound of its kind that really makes them a band unlike any other. Their strength and their weakness !
1985 ... a hallucinating track which sees the group launch out in the Dance. A domain with 1000 places of their know-how. And my faith, they are far from being ridiculous !
1987 ... a second part of the adventure which sees the group losing part of its soul. And his style. Suddenly, all the original side is gone. Pity...
1987 ... in the same vein. It is high time for the adventure to end because the change is not the most successful. Well tried but failed ...
Official Website :
http://www.thedansesociety.com/ Greatest Hits :