Note: Okay, Iâ€™m stretching it a bit on this one. When I conceived â€œDepeche Clones Weekâ€, I had three bands in particular in mind and set about writing all three articles before posting the first. Once I had finished the third, I discovered to my horror that the CD was actually released in 1990, thereby making it ineligible to be â€œLost in the 80sâ€. I could have sworn it was released in 1989â€¦argh. So, I was faced with a choice â€“ scrap the entire article and post or just throw it up with the assumption that even though the original release came out in 1990 (not the re-release on Zoo, which came out in 1992), the album must have been recorded in â€“ tah dah! â€“ 1989.
Guess which I chose?
Formed in Sacramento, the duo of Robert Rowe and Sean Rowley known as Cause & Effect started off on Nastymix Records, home to Sir Mix-a-Lot of all people (not entirely surprising â€“ Mixâ€™s later collabs with the Presidents of the United States showed his love for alternative rock). Two years after its initial indie release, Cause & Effectâ€™s first album was re-released by major label Zoo, but not without some re-sequencing, remixing and renaming, the formerly self-titled debut now being called â€œAnother Minuteâ€.
Before they got picked up by Zoo, Cause & Effect broke thru the dance charts with â€œWhat Do You Seeâ€ and my favorite, â€œYou Think You Know Herâ€. Later, with major label muscle behind them, â€œYou Thinkâ€¦â€ actually became a Top 40 hit and â€œAnother Minuteâ€ hit the Hot 100. Iâ€™m sort of partial to the original indie versions myself, so thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve posted.
Things looked bright for Cause & Effect, until tragedy stuck during a 1992 tour. Just before a show, Rowley died from heart failure brought on by an asthma attack. After some time and retooling, Rowe, along with a couple new band mates carried on, releasing â€œTripâ€ in 1994 and scoring another Hot 100 hit with â€œItâ€™s Over Now.â€ A couple of releases have trickled out since.
â€¦and so ends Depeche Clones Week. I hope fans of the bands featured take it in the lighthearted nature it was intended. And if anyone doubts the Mode-like similarities of the bands featured, allow me to present this unaltered screen shot from Amazon taken earlier this week:
I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’ is all.
â€You Think You Know Herâ€ peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #8 on the Dance Club Play Charts.
â€œAnother Minuteâ€ peaked at #75 on the Hot 100 and at #31 on the Dance Club Play Charts.
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