Trans-X – Living On Video
The border between electronic music, computer science, and video in the early 80s was very thin. And often those who were fascinated by electronic music were also fascinated by computer science – which, as we saw at the time, was absolutely in its infancy – and from these inspirations not only electronic sounds were born that today may seem simple, but above all incredible atmospheres that really took us to the edge of the future.
There were many examples: as we know, the first was certainly Trevor Horn with his Buggles, who in the video clip of Video Killed the Radio Star went far beyond the realm of TV and radio. Then we remember the obsessive notes of Da da da (Ich lieb dich nicht, du liebst mich nich aha aha aha) of Trio, and again the great Jimi Fitz with his Audio / Video, and more forward also Sandy Marton, with the alias of M-Basic, would have combined music and computer science with Ok Run.
In the middle, precisely on May 3, 1983, a song came out bringing together a bit of all these atmospheres and experiences. The song came from Canada, precisely from Montreal, where Pascal Languirand, a musician with electronic and new-age experiences, and also some work as a tv studio technician with his father, had in 1981 founded a duo with keyboardist and programmer Steve Wyatt. The group was called Trans-X, but it had nothing to do with sex or gender claims.
In fact, the name was a tribute to the greatest electronic music group of all time, Kraftwerk, who with their Trans-Europe Express (the original title in German was Trans Europa Express without the hyphen) had really dazzled the young Pascal, illuminating his way for the future. And therefore, the name Trans-X above all wanted to remember and pay tribute to this song and the legendary group that made it.
In 1982 Pascal and Steve had recorded a demo that earned them their first contract, and as good Canadians from Québec, they obviously took care to make the French version as well, which was called Vivre sur Vidéo. In fact, let’s say that they were much more concerned with the French version than with the international one, but for some reason they were quite ignored in both Québec and France. Finally, precisely in May 1983, the international version came out, Living on Video, and the period of international fame began for Trans-X. The song was then released in different markets in the following years, and it had a fairly long period of luck, as every year it was released in some country, where it was perhaps already known, and therefore sold very well. Even in the English version, however, there are some verses in French.
The song was part of an album that in a sense had two titles: in addition to Living on Video, the album in Canada was called Message on the Radio, which allowed Pascal to release a few years later another album titled again Living on Video (but without Message on the Radio).
Part of Trans-X’s success is certainly due to the singer’s ethereal and somewhat detached charm. Pascal originally contacted a singer named Anne Brosseau. In fact Anne sang during the recording of the album, but she did not want to be part of Trans-X, and therefore it became necessary to find a girl who would also be one of the images of the group. in a dance club, Pascal met beautiful model Laurie Ann Gill, also from Montreal, who first agreed to appear in videos, then in TV appearances, and eventually became a key part of the group by participating and singing on tours. The look of Laurie was a tremendous success, and we can also see her in this video move (very little, to tell the truth) with an absolutely hypnotic swing.
Although Laurie was a well-known model and had become extremely popular, after a few successful years she dropped out of Trans-X, and after a further period of time she disappeared from the scene, leaving fans utterly disoriented for decades. In recent years, however, some groups of fans who have never lost their hope to meet her, finally managed to find her again, in the role of manager of a small company.
On the other hand, Pascal Languirand’s career and passion never stopped, and Trans-X are still active today with records and concerts, albeit with different musicians, and continue to make their fans dance on the border between music and video.
Trans-X on Wikipedia