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New Scientists

Pictures of Reality & 'The Storm' 12" single (Reviewed by wavemeister):

New Scientists 'Pictures Of Reality' & 'The Storm 12" ' Vinyl, released in 1986, Synthpop

Side A
What Will The Future Bring
Tell Me When Your Heart Beats
The Storm
South Africa

Side B:
Shame On You
Atomic War
Why Don´t You Stay
Watch Out
I Miss You

The Storm 12":

Side A
The Storm 12"

Side B
Side By Side
Watch Out

The album and 12" are real classics, since it can only be estimated how many copies were made and how many are still existing (generally, first releases for albums from independent artists who paid the costs on their own were made in a quantity of 300-500 pcs and 500-1,000 pcs for singles). Unfortunately, the studio in which the tracks were recorded had closed a long time ago, and it´s unknown where the records were pressed.

New Scientists were a trio located in Wolfsburg (Germany), consisting of Lutz Froberg (voc), Rene Bachmann (synth) and Uwe Kallenbach (synth). 'Pictures Of Reality' was recorded in the Delight-Tonstudio, Hannover on the 3/4 of January 1986.

This album is basically featuring Synthpop similar to other German artists like Boytronic, nothing too special but far away of being bad.
Although the single 'The Storm' had radio airplay during a popular weekend party broadcast (on NDR2, 'Der Club'), the people weren´t too eager to head for the record stores the following Monday. Hard to understand, as this track was the strongest outtake from this album and doesn´t had to hide behind other artists which were unequally more successful.
And so, the career of a young band ended before it had really begun, and the New Scientists went into oblivion.

Today, Uwe Kallenbach is a member of Syntec, another Synthpop band, and Lutz Froberg is the co-owner of a store for DJ and stage supplies. The whereabouts of Rene Bachmann are unknown.

It´s almost impossible to find this rarity today, even special online stores for used records and auction places like eBay are usually not featuring this rare gem (it took me about ten years to get my hands on these discs!). Nonetheless, whenever the occasion occurs, take the chance and get it!

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