John Clare -- Electric
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Electric Mac sat on the shelf. No-one
wanted to release it. It was, as usual with my material, before
It was even a long time before the rest of the album was written.
Every year I expected the internet to burgeon, but it didn't. In
the eighties we had low grade bulletin boards but no pictures. And
the internet was silent. We accessed it by using the Public Data
Network through a telephone resting in a cradle, and picking up
what sounded like morse code.
Then a few guys at MIT started wearing headsets, and dangling
wires from every part of their bodies, but the general public
still had no wearables.
Here's the original electric mac:
How about a power-pack bra?
The year was 1977, and I wrote a song especially
for John Hamilton to program on his EMS Synthi, which he lamented
sat in a corner of his studio and no-one used.
It was a song about a time when the internet would be wearable,
called Electric Mac.
But the internet, although it went public through Compuserve in
1969, went nowhere for decades, and I put the whole project onto
the back burner.
Even when the internet took off with the world wide web, wearables
were still not on the menu. They still aren't, but I cant hang
onto this album for ever. Maybe life will catch up with me one
(This is me wearing a T-shirt with a picture of
the Synthi on the front.)