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They wanted to see the light...

Rational Youth is a Canadian group formed in 1981 in Montreal by Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn, both unconditional fans of the German group Kraftwerk.

Their first single "I want to see the light" was released in 1981 and went relatively unnoticed despite an obvious quality.

The following year in 1982 released their first album "Cold war night life". An album that will be a hit ... in Canada. It will be said that it is already better than nothing. An eponymous mini-album was released a year later in 1983. More than average success.

It was in 1985 that the band would finally have their heyday with the release of the album "Heredity". Flagship album of the group which will generate no less than 3 top hits which are "No more and no less", "Call me" and "Bang on".

But who will be the band’s one and only major hits.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • I want to see the light 1981

  • Cité phosphore 1982

  • City of night 1982

  • Just a sound in the night 1982

  • In your eyes 1983

  • Holiday in Bangkok 1983

  • Dancing on the berlin wall 1984

  • No more and no less 1985

  • Call me 1985

  • Bang on 1985

  • Beat the bad times down 1986

  • Everything is vapour 1999

  • Money and blood 1999

  • Unveiling the secret 2016


Clips :

1981 ... a first highly inspired title which immediately shows obvious talent. We can't wait to see the rest. HU-GE !

1982 ... a sound perfectly in line with its time and the beginning of the 80s. They may be Canadian, they compete without complex with the rest of the Anglo-Saxon competition ...

1982 ... in the same vein. Canadian groups have always had a certain originality, just like their talent. This is no exception to the rule !

1982 ... a BIG year 1982 with a plethora of titles and quality across the board. One of the best New-Wave sounds of the moment in the USA, undoubtedly !

1983 ... which will undoubtedly remain as one of their most iconic pieces. Year after year, the group confirms that it is not there by chance and that its musical offer is really of premium quality. MAS-TER-FUL !

1983 ... song after song, year after year, the group has unquestionably established himself as one of the best Canadian groups of the decade. Beautiful feat !

1984 ... from time to time, the inspiration is absent subscribers but hey, there is no danger in the remainder. It can happen as they say ...

1985 ... after this year 1984 in half-tone, the group takes again colors, phew. It is clear that the sound has also changed somewhat. To see...

1985 ... the sound is definitely more rock-oriented, it's clear. Nothing to worry about, it's obvious that the band has lost a lot of its uniqueness in the process. Too bad ...

1986 ... the last title of the decade. Unfortunately, the group did not know how to renew himself in the mid-1980s and the penalty will be ruthless ...

1999 ... nothing for 13 years. We find them at the end of the 90s in a style that has of course nothing to do with what they offered during the 80s. A most astonishing metamorphosis ...

1999 ... a group which will have surprised us until the end with a constant over the 2 decades and especially a talent more than certain !

2016 ... who would have believed it, here they are again in this decade of 2010. Inexhaustible little guys ! At this rate, we will inevitably see them again in the future ...


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