|Genres||New wave, electronic|
|Labels||Mute Records, Mercury Records, MCA Records|
|Associated acts||The Normal, Fad Gadget|
|Past members||Daniel Miller|
The "group" were publicised as a quartet with members named Darryl, Jacki, Paul and Diane, but in reality these individuals did not exist and for media interviews their parts were played by actors, with the band's lead singer Darryl portrayed by musician Frank Tovey. Tovey did not perform on any Silicon Teens recordings; all vocals and instrumentation were actually provided by Daniel Miller. Miller also produced the recordings under the pseudonym "Larry Least", a play on the name of 1960s pop producer Mickie Most.
The project was launched in 1979 with the single "Memphis Tennessee", a cover of the Chuck Berry song. Two other singles followed; these were, along with other tracks, assembled into the 1980 album Music for Parties, a collection mostly comprising rock and roll standards from the 1950s and 1960s, played in an upbeat synthpop style. There were four original compositions on the album, those being "TV Playtime", "Sun Flight", and the instrumentals "Chip 'n' Roll" and "State of Shock (Part 2)". The video for the 1979 single "Memphis Tennessee" centres on the Sinking of the RMS Titanic.
The album and the singles "Judy in Disguise" and "Just Like Eddie" were top ten hits on the UK Indie Chart in 1980. The "group" ceased activity after 1980, but film director John Hughes was so taken with it that their rendition of "Red River Rock" (in a re-recorded version) can be heard in the film soundtrack of the Steve Martin and John Candy film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. It was also issued as a single in 1988 in both the US and the UK.
The group is the subject of a song called "Silicon Teens" by The Pulsars on their 1997 album, Pulsars.
- Music for Parties (September 1980) - UK Indie No. 4
- "Memphis Tennessee" / "Let's Dance" (August 1979)
- "Judy in Disguise" / "Chip 'n' Roll" - UK Indie No. 4
- "Just Like Eddie" / "Sun Flight" - UK Indie No. 7
- Systems of Romance: Silicon Teens- Music For Parties LP
- Bick, Emily, "Music That Time Forgot: Silicon Teens" in Plan B Magazine, Issue 18, February 2007, p.29
- Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 205
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles at Hollywood.com
- Silicon Teens at Mute Records Official site
- Silicon Teens at AllMusic
- Silicon Teens Discography at discogs.com
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