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Information Society

Information Society (also InSoc) was an American band from Minneapolis, Minnesota consisting of James Cassidy, Paul Robb, Kurt Harland (aka Kurt Valaquen), and Amanda Kramer. Their 1988 breakout hit was "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)", a dance hit which included a sample of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) from Star Trek saying "pure energy". The self-titled debut album Information Society (1988) was one of the few to use CD+G, which included digital graphics on the compact disc version in addition to the music.

Amanda left the group before the second album Hack (1990), Paul and James followed after Peace & Love, Inc. (1992), with Kurt the only remaining member left to record Don't Be Afraid in 1997. During the course of the four albums and about a dozen remix singles from them, Information Society's sound went from more electronic pop music to a darker industrial type, though they will always be remembered for their first song and the cardboard guitars they wielded in its music video.

Amanda Kramer was also a member of the Golden Palominos and 10,000 Maniacs.

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