Our Daughter's Wedding
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|Our Daughters Wedding|
|Genres||Synthpop, new wave|
Our Daughter's Wedding was an American synthpop trio from New York, consisting of Layne Rico on Synare synthesizer, Keith Silva on vocals and keyboards, and Scott Simon on bass-synth and saxophone. The group took their name from a section in a greeting card display. Equipment used in live shows as a trio: Roland Corporation RS-09, MicroMoog, Prophet-5, Sequential Circuits Pro-1, Synare 2 percussion synthesizer, Electro-Harmonix DRM-32 drum machine.
In 1981, they released the internationally successful "Lawnchairs". It peaked at #49 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1981. They toured with other bands of the day including U2, Duran Duran, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Iggy Pop, The Psychedelic Furs and frequently appeared on MTV as guest hosts. Their television resume also included various shows on both BBC & ITV. They appeared in Episode One of the ITV drama 'Jangles' (Opportunity) which starred Hazel O'Connor and Jesse Birdsall.
They released the "Digital Cowboy" EP on EMI in 1981, produced by Colin Thurston. The EP was recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios in England (with notes "no sequencers used"), and it featured "Target for Life" which had a similar sound to early Talk Talk hits that came a year later. In addition to "Lawnchairs" the other tracks are "Red Alert", "Dance Floor" and "No One's Watching." The title track was composed but never produced for this album. Simon later teamed with the band Hyperbubble to finally record the song for Hyperbubble's 2017 album Western Ware.
After "Digital Cowboy", the band released an album in 1982 - Moving Windows. The record was co-produced by David Spradly (writer of "Atomic Dog" and a member of P-Funk) who gave the music a prescient hip hop sound. Locked in a recording contract and with no record or tour support, the band remained on the road for one year touring the country with The Psychedelic Furs. In 1984, after that tour, the band dissolved, only to resurface in 2012 with a new record label (Dreamfield Records) and a new release, "Life's A Party."
- "Lawnchairs" Silva, Simon, Rico (1980)
- "Nightlife" (Silva) b/w "Raincoats & Silverware" (Rico) (1980) (Design Records)
- "Digital Cowboy" Silva, Simon, Rico, (1981)
- "Auto Music" Silva, Simon, Rico, Spradley (1982)
- "Elevate Her"Silva, Simon, Spradley (1982)
- "Take Me" (1984) Silva, Simon
- Digital Cowboy (1981)
- Moving Windows (1982)
- Nightlife: The Collection (2007) (Almacantar Records - compilation album - Also available on iTunes)