New wave heroes Animotion exploded into the hearts and Sony Walkmans of the world’s population in 1985 with their global smash hit debut, Obsession, which reached number five in the UK, six in the US and similarly high positions elsewhere. The song continues to live on, being heavily synced within hit TV shows such as Nip/Tuck, Weeds, WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, movies such as Hot Tub Time Machine and was covered by Sugababes twenty years after its original release!
The band’s eponymous debut album spawned a second hit, Let Him Go, which the band have revisited on Raise Your Expectations. Meanwhile, the second Animotion album, Strange Behavior, was released in 1986 and included yet another hit, I Engineer. At the end of that album cycle, the band broke up and a third album, also called Animotion, was released in 1989 without contributions from any original members (although it did not break the band’s hit-making run, as it generated yet another US top ten single, Room To Move).
The band reunited in 2014 with original members Bill Wadhams, Astrid Plane, Don Kirkpatrick and Greg Smith, and the result is the album Raise Your Expectations. The cover is designed by Jay Vigon, best known for creating the Purple Rain logotype, and the personnel in the grooves includes Rod Stewart’s musical director Chuck Kentis and up-and-coming EDM producer Joman. Raise Your Expectations is an effortless adult contemporary confection that will be sure to find new fans, as well as please those already onboard.
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