This news story about sampling from 1985 features Cleveland’s own Exotic Birds, a synth pop group that opened for groups like Culture Club and Eurythmics.
I’m not sure which is more awesome – the Exotic Birds or the horrible narration about the issues raised by sampling.
Let me know what you think!
The ‘Exotic Birds’ was a pop music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1983 by three ‘Cleveland Institute of Music’ percussion students, Andy Kubiszewski, Tom Freer and Tim Adams. They wrote their own music and were described as synth pop and dance. They achieved mainly local success but appeared as an opening band for ‘Culture Club’ and ‘Eurythmics’.The band eventually grew to five members. Adams left to do orchestral work, but Mark Best and Frank Vale signed on. Then by 1985, Trent Reznor joined the band on keyboards, programming and backing vocals. Shortly after that, Trent’s roommate, Chris Vrenna replaced Freer on drums. But neither Trent nor Chris wrote any of the songs. By 1988 the band had broken up.