Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed, co-produced by Cameron Crowe. It is an English-language adaptation of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 Spanish film Open Your Eyes, written by Amenábar and Mateo Gil, with Penélope Cruz reprising her role from the original film; the film has been described as "an odd mixture of science fiction and reality warp". The film stars Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz with Jason Lee and Kurt Russell appearing in supporting roles, it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, as well as Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award nominations for Cameron Diaz's performance. David Aames, the owner of a large publishing company he inherited from his father, is in prison. Wearing a prosthetic mask, David tells his life story to Dr. Curtis McCabe. In flashbacks, David leaves the duties of the publisher to his father's trusted associates while living as a playboy in Manhattan, he is introduced to Sofia Serrano by Brian Shelby, during a party.
David and Sofia spend the night together at Sofia's apartment and fall in love, unaware David's current lover, Julie Gianni, has followed them there. As David leaves, Julie offers him a ride, soon reveals her jealously at Sofia, she purposely crashes the car, drastically disfiguring David. Doctors cannot repair David's face using plastic surgery, forcing him to wear the prosthetic mask around others, causing him to become depressed. Brian convinces David to join him and Sofia at a club, they leave him to wallow in the street outside the club. The next morning, Sofia returns to David, asleep on the street, apologizes to him, she takes him home, over time, she helps David recover. Doctors find a way to surgically repair David's face despite their prior diagnosis. While David's life seems perfect, he notices strange oddities, such as brief visions of his distorted face, a man at a bar that tells him David could control the world and everyone in it. One day, while at Sofia's, David wakes up to find himself facing Julie, with all previous mementos with Sofia's face now of Julie's.
Out of confusion and shock, he suffocates Julie. David is arrested and imprisoned, finds his face no longer is reconstructed and is once again wearing the mask. Dr. McCabe conducts several more interviews, which serve to help David to recall the name "Life Extension". Seeing a company with that name nearby, McCabe arranges to take David there under guard; the company representative Rebecca explains how Life Extension uses cryonic suspension to save those with terminal illnesses until a cure can be found, keeping them in a lucid dream state to otherwise exercise their mind. David realizes he is in his own lucid dream, escapes McCabe and the guards while calling for "tech support", rushes for the building's lobby, empty. An elevator opens; as the elevator climbs to the top of an impossibly-tall building, the man explains to David he is tech support, that David has been in suspension for 150 years, starting shortly after the night at the club where Sofia broke up with him. David opted for Life Extension to be woken when technology could repair his face, left the publishing company in the hands of his father's associates.
As part of the program, David had opted for a lucid dream based on the "vanilla sky" from a Claude Monet painting The Seine at Argenteuil, starting the morning after Sofia's breakup. However, the equipment had merged elements of his subconscious, such as Julie, or McCabe as his father figure, within his dream, forcing them to pull him out of the lucid dream state, they emerge on the rooftop, high above the clouds. Tech support tells David that while they have fixed his lucid dream, he has a choice of either being put back into the dream, or to be woken up in reality, requiring a literal leap of faith off the roof that will wake him from his sleep. David opts to wake up, despite a vision of McCabe warning him against it. Before jumping, David envisions Sofia to say his goodbyes. David jumps and his life flashes before his whites eyes before hitting the ground. A female voice commands him to "open your eyes", David opens his eyes; the 2015 Blu-ray release offers the option to watch the film with an alternative ending.
This ending expands on the details at the end of the film. While it all leads to the same conclusion, there are additional scenes, alternative takes, alternative dialogue. After Rebecca describes the lucid dream, David rushes out of the room but does not dash towards the elevator, he meets McCabe in the restroom who tries to convince him that this is all a hoax and a con and that his case is going to trial. David tells him. Much like in the theatrical cut, the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" plays, but this version makes it clear that David hears the music and that he chose it. At this point, David dashes out of the restroom for the elevator the way he does in the theatrical cut, but the scene in the lobby is expanded – David shoots the police officer, firing at him and is surrounded by a SWAT team whom McCabe tries to talk down, but the SWAT team fires at both of them, they black out and wake up in the emptied lobby where McCabe continues to applaud what he believes is a performance while David gets into the elevator with Ventura and tells him what happened at the end of his real life.
Once they reach the roof, McCabe re-enters again and his pleas to David not to believe Ventura become more and more desperate until he collapses onto the ground in despair. David's interaction
American Dad! is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman on Fox. American Dad! is the first television series to have its inception on Animation Domination. The series premiered on February 6, 2005, following Super Bowl XXXIX, three months before the rest of the first season aired as part of the Animation Domination block, commencing on May 1, 2005. Creative direction of American Dad! has been guided by Barker and Weitzman as opposed to MacFarlane, resulting in a series, different from its counterparts. Unlike MacFarlane's other shows, Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, American Dad! does not lean as on the use of cutaway gags, is less concerned with conventional "setup-punchline" jokes, instead deriving its humor from the quirky characters, the relationships between family members, the relatable plots. The show is not as heavy on pop cultural allusions and cutaway gags as MacFarlane's Family Guy, is more concerned with telling stories while maintaining the integrity and realism of the family members.
While the core issues and resolutions are relatable in most episodes, the show nonetheless weaves in fantastical elements, pitching the tone of the show somewhere between observational comedy and farce. The plots are absurd, but they are grounded by family stories and real-world issues. American Dad! has been nominated for numerous awards, most prominently four Primetime Emmy Awards and two Annie Awards. In June 2013, it was awarded as top television series by the American Society of Composers and Publishers. Since its debut, American Dad! has broadcast 256 episodes. The total number of seasons and organization of episodes within these seasons are in dispute because of a discrepancy in how official sources report this information. One model suggests the first season of American Dad! Comprises the first 7 episodes, while another model suggests the first season comprises 23 episodes. Beginning on October 20, 2014, TBS picked up the series for the 12th season following the final 3 episodes airing on Fox as the 11th season.
American Dad!'s 16th season will premiere on April 15, 2019. As of April 2019, TBS renewed the series for a 17th season; the series focuses on the eccentric upper middle class Smith family in the fictional community of Langley Falls and their three housemates: Father, husband, CIA Agent and breadwinner Stan. There are three additional main characters, including Hayley's boyfriend and husband, Jeff Fischer. Stan's boss Avery Bullock, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is a recurring character; the voice actors are not assembled as a group. The voice actors have stated that because of their personalities and tendency to goof off when together as a group, they would never get anything completed if they performed their lines collectively. American Dad! Centers on the absurd circumstances and domestic life of its title character Stan Smith, his immediate family, their three housemates. Adding to all the ridiculousness and absurdity are the various personality traits of all the show's eccentric main characters, listed as follows: Seth MacFarlane voices Stan Smith and Roger Wendy Schaal voices Francine Smith Scott Grimes voices Steve Smith Rachael MacFarlane voices Hayley Smith Dee Bradley Baker voices Klaus Heissler Jeff Fischer voices Jeff Fischer Patrick Stewart voices Deputy Director Avery Bullock When asked what first spurred the idea for American Dad!
Seth MacFarlane answered, "It was right after the election, me and co-creator Matt Weitzman were so frustrated with the Bush administration that we would just spend days bitching and complaining, we figured we should channel this into something creative and profitable." In early February 2005, Barker stated, "About a year and a half ago, Seth called and asked if Matt and I would be interested in working on a show about a right-wing CIA agent and his liberal daughter. It was right up our alley, everything just fell into place." On September 14, 2003, Variety reported that Fox Broadcasting had ordered a pilot presentation of the tentatively titled American Dad! and "If greenlit, American Dad! could launch as early as fall 2004." At the time, Fox was aiming to develop a new lineup of adult animated sitcoms. American Dad! had a mid-season debut. Its first episode, titled "Pilot", was shown directly following Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005; the rest of the first season, would not launch until May 1, 2005, on Fox's Animation Domination lineup which had its debut on that date.
It was a replacement for the failed series Family Guy. American Dad! was intended to be Fox's answer to the hordes of fans left behind from the original failure of MacFarlane's previous animated venture. Just three short months after American Dad!'s debut however, Family Guy was revived, leaving American Dad! with a formidable expectation: whether the series could distinguish itself from its counterpart and succeed on its own merits. Instead of taking over creative direction of the series, MacFarlane left the job largel
Out Cold (2001 film)
Out Cold is a 2001 American comedy film about a group of snowboarders in Alaska. It is the first feature film by the music video directing team The Malloys, after co-directing the surfing documentary Thicker than Water with musician Jack Johnson; the film presents itself as a parody of 1990s "ski school" movies and makes a number of references to the film Casablanca. A number of elements of the latter, including plot and famous lines, were incorporated into Out Cold. Rick Rambis, best friend Luke, other friends Anthony, "Pig Pen", Jenny and Stumpy, all live and work at a ski resort on Bull Mountain in Alaska; the mountain and resort were founded by Herbert "Papa" Muntz who loved to drink and ski at the same time until he died doing so. His son, took over the mountain and plans to sell it to wealthy Colorado ski resort tycoon, John Majors. In addition to being friends, Rick has romantic designs on Jenny, but is held back as he is still getting over his ex, who mysteriously disappeared after 3 weeks of summer love in Mexico.
After arriving at the mountain, John Majors plans to change the mountain name and turn the ski village into a first class resort but seeks Rick's help in getting his rowdy friends in line so as not to scare off his investors. John brings with him to the mountain his daughters, Inga, a Swiss ski bunny, Anna, Rick's summer fling. After Anna's arrival, Rick gets drunk and misses his date with Jenny. Anna explains she left Rick in Mexico because she was engaged and that Rick was the other man. Majors begins to make major changes to the town and mountain, such as changing the dive bar to an upscale club and removing the statue of Papa Muntz from the center of the town. Majors offers Rick a contract to be his new manager and Rick agrees on the condition that his friends all get to stay, but Majors secretly has Ted fire them behind his back. Rick finds out about the firing of his friends and quits his job and races to stop his friends from leaving. Rick gives an inspirational speech about how the mountain is their home and not letting Majors ruin the memory of Papa Muntz, they all grab their snowboards and head for the mountain.
The group of friends and Inga cause bedlam at the festivities and Major is outraged at Rick's betrayal. Rick frees Anna from her father and takes her to an airstrip where Barry, her fiancé, waits in his plane, he tells Anna what they had in Mexico was special but that he realized she belongs with Barry and Rick watches Anna fly away. The friends defeat Ted decides he is no longer selling the mountain. Rick asks Jenny out again after revealing. Jason London as Rick Rambis A. J. Cook as Jenny Lee Majors as John Majors Willie Garson as Ted Muntz Zach Galifianakis as Luke David Koechner as Stumpy Flex Alexander as Anthony David Denman as Lance Caroline Dhavernas as Anna Derek Hamilton as Pig Pen Thomas Lennon as Eric Montclare Victoria Silvstedt as Inga Todd Richards as Barry Lewis Arquette as Herbert'Papa' Muntz The Out Cold soundtrack is a 12-track compilation of songs from the film, it is available on the RCA record label. The Weezer song "Island in the Sun" plays an important part in the film, but is left off of the soundtrack.
Out Cold has an 8 % approval rating based on 49 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "A party movie that substitutes surfs for snow, Out Cold will leave viewers just that with its gross-out humor and sophomoric plot." Metacritic rated it 22/100 based on 15 reviews. Out Cold on IMDb Out Cold at AllMovie Out Cold at Rotten Tomatoes Out Cold at Box Office Mojo
Up a Tree (album)
Up a Tree is the debut studio album by Looper, released in 1999. It peaked at number 23 on the UK Independent Albums Chart, as well as number 79 on the Scottish Albums Chart; the album was recorded shortly after Looper had recruited two new members, Ronnie Black and Scott Twynholm. Up a Tree at Discogs
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they released their first record with Warner, Hit to Death in the Future Head, they released The Soft Bulletin, NME magazine's Album of the Year, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. In February 2007, they were nominated for a BRIT Award for "Best International Act"; the group has won three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. They were placed on Q magazine's list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die" in 2002; the Flaming Lips formed in Norman, Oklahoma in 1983 with Wayne Coyne on guitar, his brother Mark singing lead vocals, Michael Ivins on bass and Dave Kotska on drums. The band debuted at Oklahoma City's Blue Note Lounge. After they got Dave Kotska as the drummer, Richard English joined the band in 1984; that same year they recorded their only release with Mark Coyne singing lead vocals–The Flaming Lips.
After his brother's departure, Wayne assumed the vocal duties and the band released their first full-length album, Hear It Is, on Pink Dust Records in 1986. This line-up recorded two more albums: 1987's Oh My Gawd!!! and 1989's Telepathic Surgery, the latter planned to be a 30-minute sound collage. Drummer Nathan Roberts replaced English and guitarist Jonathan Donahue joined in 1989. In a Priest Driven Ambulance, their first album with producer Dave Fridmann, was recorded at the State University of New York in Fredonia for $5 an hour on a $10,000 budget; the album was host to a marked expansion in the band's sound and their previous experiments in tape loops and effects were given a more prominent role. During this period, Coyne made his transition to a higher, more strained vocal style akin to Neil Young, which he first used on Telepathic Surgery's "Chrome Plated Suicide" and has employed since. In 1990 the band caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records and were signed promptly after a representative of the label witnessed a show at which the band burned down the venue with the use of pyrotechnics.
There are several ideas as to where the band got their name and one possible answer might be from a film called Geraldine in which comedian Stan Freberg sings several songs including one called "Flaming Lips". In 1991, the band started recording their major label debut Hit to Death in the Future Head; the album's release was halted for nearly a year because of the use of a sample from Michael Kamen's score for the film Brazil in the track "You Have to Be Joking", which required a lengthy clearance process. After the recording of this album Donahue left the band to concentrate on Mercury Rev and Roberts left the band as well, citing creative differences, they were replaced by Steven Drozd respectively. In 1993, they released Transmissions from the Satellite Heart; this was the only studio album since In a Priest Driven Ambulance to date in which Dave Fridmann has not been involved. Because of the success of the album and the single "She Don't Use Jelly", the band was featured on four popular television series: Beverly Hills, 90210, Late Show with David Letterman and Beavis and Butt-head.
The success of this record led to long stints of touring, opening for bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Candlebox. Clouds Taste Metallic was released to much critical fanfare in late 1995, though it did not achieve the commercial success of its predecessor; the strain of the year-long Clouds tour, added to the stress from the three years touring in support of Transmissions, was a major factor in the departure of Ronald Jones in late 1996. He was said to be suffering from a severe case of agoraphobia, although the documentary Fearless Freaks states that he left because of his growing concerns over Drozd's drug use. In September 2014, the Lips paid tribute to former bandmate Ronald Jones and the impact his music had on their developing sound by performing Transmissions from the Satellite Heart live at First Avenue. In February 2015, they performed Clouds Taste Metallic live at the same venue and in December 2015, a 20th Anniversary box set called Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994–1997 surrounding the album's release, the cult status it has achieved over the years was released.
The departure of Jones and a general dissatisfaction with standard "rock" music led to the three remaining members of the group redefining the direction of the band with the experimental Zaireeka, a four-CD album, intended to be heard by playing all four CDs in four separate CD players simultaneously. The music incorporated both traditional musical elements and "found" sounds heavily manipulated with recording studio electronics; as part of the development of this project, the band conducted a series of "parking lot experiments" and later, "boombox experiments". In the parking lot experiments up to 40 volunteers were given cassettes created by the band to be played at a parking lot in their cars' stereo systems simultaneously. In the "boom box experiments" an orchestra composed of up to 40 volunteers with modified "boombox"-type tape players was "conducted" – directed to vary the volume, speed or tone of the tape they were playing – by Wayne Coyne. Meanwhile, a series of unfortunate events beset the band.
Drozd's arm was amputated needlessly because of what he claimed was a spider bite (it turned out to be abscessed as a result of Drozd's
Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. Led by Stuart Murdoch, the band has released nine albums. Much of their work had been released on Jeepster Records, but they are now signed to Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States. Belle and Sebastian were formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1994 by Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David, both of whom had enrolled at Stow College's Beatbox program for unemployed musicians. Together, with music professor Alan Rankine, they recorded some demos, which were picked up by the college's Music Business course that produces and releases one single each year on the college's label, Electric Honey; as the band had a number of songs and the label was impressed with the demos and Sebastian were allowed to record a full-length album, recorded live over three days, entitled Tigermilk. Murdoch once described the band as a "product of botched capitalism"; the band took their name from the television adaptation of the French novel Belle et Sébastien about a six-year-old boy and his dog.
Tigermilk was recorded in three days and only one thousand copies were pressed in vinyl. These original copies now sell for up to £400; the warm reception the album received inspired Murdoch and David to turn the band into a full-time project, recruiting Stevie Jackson, Isobel Campbell, Chris Geddes and Richard Colburn to fill out the group. After the success of the debut album and Sebastian were signed to Jeepster Records in August 1996 and If You're Feeling Sinister, their second album, was released on 18 November; the album was named by Spin as one of the 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 2005, is considered the band's masterpiece. Just before the recording of Sinister, Sarah Martin joined the band. Following this a series of EPs were released in 1997; the first of these was Dog on Wheels, which contained four demo tracks recorded before the real formation of the band. In fact, the only long-term band members to play on the songs were Murdoch and Mick Cooke, who played trumpet on the EP but would not join the band until a few years later.
It charted at No. 59 in the UK singles chart. The Lazy Line Painter Jane EP followed in July; the track was recorded in the church where Murdoch features vocals from Monica Queen. The EP narrowly missed out on the UK top 40, peaking at No. 41. The last of the 1997 EPs was October's 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light. The EP was made Single of the Week in both the NME and Melody Maker and reached No. 32 in the charts, thus becoming the band's first top 40 single. The band released their third LP, The Boy with the Arab Strap in 1998, it reached No. 12 in the UK charts. Arab Strap garnered an NPR interview and positive reviews from Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, among others. During the recording of the album, long-time studio trumpet-player Mick Cooke was asked to join the band as a full member; the This Is Just a Modern Rock Song EP followed that year. In 1999 the band was awarded with Best Newcomer at the BRIT Awards, upsetting better-known acts such as Steps and 5ive; that same year, the band hosted the Bowlie Weekender.
Tigermilk was given a full release by Jeepster before the band started work on their next LP. The result was Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, which became the band's first top 10 album in the UK. A stand-alone single, "Legal Man", reached No. 15 and gave them their first appearance on Top of the Pops. As the band's popularity and recognition was growing worldwide, their music began appearing in films and on television; the 2000 film High Fidelity mentions the band and features a clip from the song "Seymour Stein" from The Boy with the Arab Strap. The title track from Arab Strap was played over the end credits of the UK television series Teachers, the lyric "Colour my life with the chaos of trouble" from the song was quoted by one of the characters in the 2009 film Days of Summer. Stuart David soon left the band to concentrate on his side project and his book writing, which included his The Idle Thoughts of a Daydreamer, he was replaced by Bobby Kildea of V-Twin. The "Jonathan David" single, sung by Stevie Jackson, was released in June 2001 and was followed by "I'm Waking Up to Us" in November.
"I'm Waking Up to Us" saw the band use an outside producer for the first time. Most of 2002 was spent Storytelling. Campbell left the band in the spring of 2002, in the middle of the band's North American tour to pursue a solo career, first as The Gentle Waves, under her own name, she collaborated with singer Mark Lanegan on three albums. The band left Jeepster in 2002, their first album for Rough Trade, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, was released in 2003, was produced by Trevor Horn. The album showed a markedly more "produced" sound compared to their first four LPs, as the band was making a concerted effort to produce more "radio-friendly" music; the album was warmly received and is credited with restoring the band's "indie cred". The album marked the return of Murdoch as the group's primary songwriter, following the poorly received Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant and Storytelling, both of which were more collaborative than the band's early work. A docum
Mute Records Ltd. is a British independent record label owned and founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller. It has featured several prominent musical acts on its roster, such as Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget, Grinderman, Inspiral Carpets, New Order, Nitzer Ebb, Yeasayer, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, M83. During 1978, Daniel Miller began recording music using synthesisers under the name The Normal, he recorded the tracks "T. V. O. D." and "Warm Leatherette", distributed them through Rough Trade Shops under the label name Mute Records. The label was formed just to release the one single. "T. V. O. D." / "Warm Leatherette" became. "Warm Leatherette" was covered by Grace Jones and Chicks on Speed as well as Rose McDowell. After meeting Robert Rental, Miller began playing live as Robert Rental & The Normal. In 1979 the band went on tour supporting the punk band Stiff Little Fingers, which had just released an album, being distributed by Rough Trade. In 1980, Miller released the single, "Kebab-Träume", by the German band Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, who had moved to London.
The band's 1980 album, Die Kleinen und die Bösen, was the first album released by the new label. The album had the catalogue prefix "STUMM", a play on the record label's name, meaning "mute" in German; this prefix would continue to be used through most of the label's album catalogue. In 1980, Miller recorded and released the cover single, "Memphis Tennessee", under the name Silicon Teens; the band was Miller’s realisation of a dream Mute Records group, whose main instruments were synthesisers. In mid-1980, Mute Records released the Silicon Teens' album, titled Music For Parties. Around this time the artist Fad Gadget had begun recording new demos, including the track "Back To Nature"; this was released as a single in 1980, followed by the next single "Ricky's Hand" and the album Fireside Favourites recorded at Blackwing Studios. September 1980 saw the release of the double-holed, multi-speed 7" single by Non & Smegma, one of the first experimental noise releases from the label. Boyd Rice went on to release several more recordings with Mute Records.
After touring with Daniel Miller as Robert Rental & The Normal, Robert Rental released his only Mute Records single, "Double Heart", a rare, remaining trace of this late electronic music pioneer. Miller approached Depeche Mode in 1980, after seeing them perform in London, wanting them to record a single for his label. Emerging out of the British electronic pop scene, Depeche Mode asserted themselves as a radio-friendly pop group, had hits with their next three singles, including the UK top ten single, "Just Can't Get Enough", their loyalty to Mute was reciprocated by the label’s rapid expansion to cope with their success. In defiance of the major record labels predictions of failure, Depeche Mode became a successful charting band worldwide; the band's consistency was unbroken by the departure of principal songwriter Vince Clarke. Martin Gore took over the main songwriting role, opening the band up to different influences and sustaining their creativity as a band. Mute continued to support other experimental artists, such as NON, releasing an album of Boyd Rice's pre-NON recordings, titled Boyd Rice.
1982 began with the release of the 12-inch single, "Rise", by Boyd Rice, released under the name NON. Fad Gadget released his third album for the label, titled Under the Flag, influenced by the current Falklands War and the feeling of being British in the most unseemly of times; the album spawned the singles "For Whom the Bells Toll" and "Life on the Line". Mute Record's big commercial success of 1982 was the band Yazoo, the duo of Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet. After leaving Depeche Mode, Clarke had set up a studio in the Blackwing Studios complex, where he recorded the singles "Only You" and "Don’t Go"; that year, Mute licensed the single, "Fred Vom Jupiter", from the German record label Atatak. The track was recorded by Andreas Dorau and the schoolgirl Marinas. From Germany was the single, "Los Ninos Del Parque", by Liaisons Dangereuses released by Mute. Liaisons Dangereuses included Chrislo Hass, in the German band DAF. After returning from a world tour in 1983, Depeche Mode released the industrial-influenced hit single "Everything Counts".
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis, of the band Wire, teamed up with Daniel Miller to form a project known as Duet Emmo, an anagram of Mute and Dome. They released an album and 12-inch single, both titled Or So It Seems. Miller secured the rights to the back catalogue of the experimental bands Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Richard H. KirkDuring 1983, the Australian band The Birthday Party transferred from 4AD to Mute Records; the band broke up after releasing their final 12-inch EP, "Mutiny". Birthday Party's singer, Nick Cave, stayed with Mute and released his debut single as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; the single was a cover of the song, "In the Ghetto", by Mac Davis made famous by Elvis Presley. Yazoo disbanded. Vince Clarke began working at Blackwing Studios under the name The Assembly; the project's first single, "Never Never", was a hit. D. A. F. Split up, in 1983, ex-member Robert Görl released the single "Mit Dir" on Mute, he recorded the album, Night Full of Tension, the following year, including the single "Darling Don’t Leave Me", featuring Annie Lennox.
In 1984, Depeche Mode had one of their biggest hits in the UK with the single "People Are People". Their album that year, Some Great