Hack (album)

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Hack
Hack InSoc cover.jpg
Studio album by Information Society
Released October 16, 1990
Genre Synthpop, freestyle, electronica
Label Tommy Boy/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
26258
Producer Fred Maher
Paul Robb
Information Society chronology
Information Society
(1988)
Hack
(1990)
Peace and Love, Inc.
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Hack is an album by the freestyle synthpop band Information Society. The album sold quite well but did not outsell the band's first album. It is the only major-label-distributed title that has the modern Tommy Boy Records logo on it.

Artwork and packaging[edit]

The menacing car on the cover is "Vector", Kurt Harland's heavily customized 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring. [1] The cassette tape for this album used an unusual naming convention for the sides. Instead of 1 and 2 or A and B, there was the Gilligan Side and the Skipper Side.

Musical style[edit]

Riding on the success of its self-titled major-label debut, Harland decided to have the band experiment on this album with a more radical, harsher sound. The other members agreed somewhat, feeling that they should stay on level ground with the pop sensibilities. This is more pronounced on tracks like "Seek 200" and "Hard Currency". This notion eventually lead to Don't Be Afraid, Harland's solo album.

Like the others, this album is thick with samples and loops, including Kraftwerk, James Brown, Nitzer Ebb and Beastie Boys.

Star Trek references[edit]

There are multiple references to the first Star Trek series on various tracks on the album. On the track "Charlie X", the line "I could make you all go away, any time I want to" is a reference to the episode "Charlie X". On "Come with Me," the following lines are a reference to the episode The Changeling:

"What is the meaning?"

"Singing, What purpose is singing? I like to sing"

"I felt like music"

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Seek 200" (Harland) — 3:06
  2. "How Long" (Robb) — 4:06
  3. "Think" (Information Society) — 4:42
    • "Wenn Wellen Schwingen" — 0:24
  4. "A Knife & a Fork" (Information Society) — 3:03
    • "R.I.P." — 0:20
  5. "Now That I Have You" (Information Society) — 5:04
  6. "Fire Tonight" (Harland) — 5:39
  7. "Can't Slow Down" (Robb) — 4:44
    • "T.V. Addicts" — 0:31
  8. "Hard Currency" (Harland) — 2:34
  9. "Move Out" (Information Society) — 3:58
    • "CP Drill KKL" (Harland, Maher) — 0:37
  10. "Mirrorshades" (Robb) — 5:29
    • "We Don't Take" — 0:10
  11. "Hack 1" (Information Society) — 3:23
    • "Charlie X" — 0:11
  12. "If Only" (Robb) — 4:06
  13. "Come With Me" (Harland, Maher) — 4:23
  14. "Slipping Away" (Harland) — 3:58
    • "Here Is Kazmeyer" (Cassidy) — 0:15
  15. "Chemistry" (Robb) — 2:12

Note

  • The sub-listings under several main tracks are index 2, while each of the main tracks is index 1. These are listed as the decimal part of the track number on the back cover of the jewel case. For example, "Slipping Away" is 14.1, "Here Is Kazmeyer" is 14.2, though they will usually play or be ripped as a single track numbered 14.

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic[2]

  • Janette Beckman – photography
  • Paul Berry – assistant, assistant engineer
  • James Cassidyvocals
  • Kim Champagne – art direction
  • Debi Cornish – assistant engineer
  • Kurt Harlandprogramming, vocals
  • India – backing vocals
  • Information Society – MIDI, producer, programming
  • Kevin Laffey – executive producer, producer
  • Fred Maher – engineer, mixing, producer, programming
  • Nocera – backing vocals
  • Lloyd Puckitt – engineer, mixing
  • Paul Robb – mixing, producer, programming
  • Bob Rosa – engineer, mixing
  • Think Tank – MIDI
  • Dana Vlcek – assistant, assistant engineer

Notes[edit]

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