Industry was an American new wave band formed in 1978 in New York. On establishment, they were known as Industrial Complex, with their name later changing to Industry. In 1981, the band became commercial but disbanded three years later. Their only album was Stranger to Stranger from 1984 which spawned the hit single, "State of the Nation".
1978-1981 (1978 as Industrial Complex, 1979 as Industry)
Andrew Geyer - vocals, guitar, tape loops,
Mercury Caronia - vocals, drums, bass guitar,
Sean Kelly - vocals,
1981-1984 (as Industry)
Jon Carin - lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizers,
Brian Unger - guitar, backing vocals,
Mercury Caronia - drums, backing vocals,
Rudy Perrone - bass guitar, backing vocals,
Industry was founded in 1978 by drummer Mercury Caronia and composer, studio engineer and guitarist Andrew Geyer, bassist and vocalist Sean Kelly, as Industrial Complex. The band's name was later changed to Industry. Caronia and Geyer worked with experimental electronic music, odd time signatures, tape loops, synths and innovative guitaring into various methods of recording.
In 1981, Andrew Geyer and Sean Kelly left the band. Guitarist Brian Unger, new lead singer Jon Carin and Rudy Perrone (who was previously in a progressive rock band called Cathedral, with Mercury) joined the group. They signed to Capitol Records.
Their best-known single, "State of the Nation", broke through the European charts between 1983 and 1984, earning them a place as the support act for artists such as Billy Idol, Talk Talk and INXS. The second single from the same album, "Still of the Night" was less successful. The band split in 1984.
After the split, Jon Carin started a successful session musician and solo career, becoming a permanent member of the Pink Floyd live band and co-writing Pink Floyd's hit single "Learning to Fly". Unger and Perrone went on to form their own bands.