unreleased classics '78-'82 CD
& 2x12" vinyl
02: KOROWA MILK BAR
03: BE ALERT*
05: NAGASAKI FORCED FUN 1945
06: STOP THINKING
07: WEST IS THE BEST
08: HUNGER IN THE EAST
09: CHANGE FASTER
10: WE WANNA GLOW
*CD Bonus Track
FORCED FUN 1945
IN THE EAST
IS THE BEST
& lyrics by N.O.I.A.
©2003 ERSATZ AUDIO.
RELEASE DATE: FEB. 18, 2003 (EZCD-23/EZ-023)
in a lifetime, a record label is allowed that rare opportunity to release
a record that it never thought it would have had the chance to. A record
from a time period that has inspired the label greatly, but a record
that was never released. That chance is here. It is with great pride
that Ersatz Audio is able to announce the release of the "unreleased
classics" of Italy's synth-pop masters N.O.I.A. 10 songs, written
between 1978 and 1982, somehow never released before now. Timeless classics
that could have been released when they were written 20 years ago, now
or 20 years from now, without ever sounding out of place. Here is a
brief history of N.O.I.A.
began as a 5-member band in 1978. In 1980, N.O.I.A. won the first Italian
rock festival, and EMI released a compilation including 2 early N.O.I.A.
songs. In 1983, N.O.I.A. member Davide Piatto composed the dance classic
"Dirty Talk" sung by Rossana Casale. The song is released
under the name Klein & MBO and it reaches the top of the charts all
over the world. N.O.I.A.'s career began in 1983 as well, when they signed
to Italian Records and became a studio group, now consisting of 3 members.
During 1985, N.O.I.A. released 5 singles and the mini LP "The Sound
of Love" which were all successful in the European dance market.
Things slow down for N.O.I.A. in the 90's.
2000, N.O.I.A. go back into the studio to faithfully re-record exactly
their earliest songs (minus the tape warble found in the original recordings).
It is here that N.O.I.A. and Ersatz Audio meet, and agree to release
these "unreleased classics." We here at Ersatz Audio would
like to thank N.O.I.A. for the opportunity to release their latest (and
yet oldest) album "UNRELEASED" -10 songs available for the
first time on CD and Double 12". Ersatz Audio's 2000 compilation
title and slogan is appropriate once again, "The Forgotten Sounds
have struck gold and are about to share this musical nugget with the
rest of us. As relevant today as it was two decades ago, and will be
two decades from now." -Vice
the chance they could have rivalled both The Human League and Heaven
fantastic, really ridiculously enjoyable."
album of 20-year-old songs that was recorded in the year 2000 and sounds
like it was recorded yesterday, today and tomorrow all at once. With
a great title. Is there anything else that you were after?" -No Ripcord