Apollo Four Forty On Cruise Control

October 8 [12:00 EDT] — Apollofourforty’s U.S. debut “Electro Glide In Blue” is all about the well-placed reference.

The UK techno band took the album’s title from the 1973 Robert Blake-as-maverick-cop flick, “Electra Glide In Blue.” The band’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub” [700k QuickTime] features a sample from Van Halen’s ’80′s classic “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.”

In addition to the Van Halen inspired song, tracks “Krupa” and “White Man’s Throat” were inspired by classic jazz. “Krupa” is named for swing era drummer Gene Krupa: “White Man’s Throat” is named for jazz legend Miles Davis’ controversial comment about the place he said he’d like his hands to be when he died.

Apollofourforty formed in 1990 in Liverpool by brothers Howard and Trevor Gray and their songwriting partner Noko. After working the club scene there, they set up camp in London, where they collaborated on remixes with such artists as U2, EMF, Deep Forest,
and Shabba Ranks. In 1996, the trio devised a creative alter ego known as Stealth Sonic Orchestra, and remixed tracks for acts like Skunk Anansie and Manic Street.

Apollofourforty’s first album, Millennium Fever was released in 1995 and spawned three Top 40 singles in Britain.