Posted by DjPaulT on December 16th, 2013
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1981
“The Metro” is a new wave song written by John Crawford for his band, Berlin. The song first appeared on Berlin’s breakthrough album Pleasure Victim, released on the independent label Enigma in 1982 and re-released on Geffen in 1983. “The Metro” became the third single from the album, and the second to appear on the Geffen label. It was produced and engineered (as was most of the album) by the band’s then-drummer and drum programmer, Daniel Van Patten.
The song is known as epitomizing the new wave genre, for showing the genre for what it essentially was: a blending of punk rock and pop, with heavy use of the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesizer. Terri Nunn said the song, which was a breakthrough hit for Berlin, “defined us and defined that period of music.”
The single surpassed the Hot 100 peak of their previous cult hit, “Sex (I’m A…)”, going to #58, and it remains their third-highest charting single in the U.S.
|Special note about this single:
This 7″ is the original 1981 US release on the now obsolete M.A.O. Records label. The single contains the original mixes that were re-recorded for the Pleasure Victim EP. Not available elsewhere. The single also has alternate artwork and the labels list the sides as “E” and “W”.
The Metro 4:12
Tell Me Why 4:12
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
U.S. CHART HISTORY:
|1983||The Metro||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#58|
Label: M.A.O. Records – MAO-S4
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Daniel R. Van Patten
Written-By – Crawford*
Original mixes that were re-recorded for the Pleasure Victim EP. Not available elsewhere.
Find The 7″ On DISCOGS
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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