Friday Classic Dark: Trans X
We’ve decided to rescue our regular Friday feature that never was from the shadowy nether regions that are the Silent Shout archives and deliver to you classic Canadian electronic music on a weekly basis. This week we’re examining the Italo-tinged synth-pop stylings of Montreal’s Trans-X. The band is best known for the 1983 single Living on Video, a propulsive, vocoder-laden dance track that charted worldwide but especially in Spain, Switzerland and Germany, and is accompanied by a spectacular video that will one day be studied by historians eager for a look at exactly what French-Canadians thought 2012 would look like in 1985. A string of post Living on Video singles failed to chart and Trans X disbanded, but not before releasing a consistently engaging LP of forgotten synthpop classics, including the wonderfully yelped Message On The Radio, and the frankly hilarious Through The Eyes of The 90s, which as near as I can tell posits that the 90s will be the decade when we become one with the machines and transmit our love via satellite. In a nod to bilingualism I have included both the French and English versions of Living on Video (Vivre Sur Video) in this post. Listen to them and experience the sound of tomorrow, yesterday!