Forgotten Classic: Bis-Oh My

“Oh my, an MC505.” Remember those? The all singing, all dancing box of tricks that briefly took over the world (very briefly)? At Home With The Groovebox was a 14 track ‘concept’ album that brought in artists as diverse as jazz legend Dick Hyman, son-of-legend Sean Lennon, art rocker Beck, French airheads Air, and Mr. Popcorn himself Gershon Kingsley, to craft an original tune using nothing but the Roland MC 505 Groovebox.

This was considered pretty ‘revolutionary’ for the time, and Keyboard magazine even carried a cover article on the subject (which is how I discovered it). Of course, these days a vast majority of music is created ‘in the box’, and rarely do you see a record dedicated to the software (or hardware) used to create it, so it was kinda cute.

Did it work? Well, not really. But this incredible breaks track by Scottish Electro poppers Bis was the highlight and still sounds fresh today, more than ten years after its release. It’s a bit short and they were clearly having a bit of a laugh, but it works. The chorus is as anthemic as they come! Now where is that 12″ version?


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