80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Moev

Moev1My love of 80’s electronica knows no bounds. When I hear something that makes my ears snap to attention, there’s a good chance it is something so deliciously synthesized, or has a great bass line, or in very special occasions…both.

 My initial experience with the smashing electronica band Moev was hearing “Head Down” for the first time on David Marsden’s show last year. I am quite sure I sat and listened in slack-jaw wonderment as this brilliant song hammered and bounced its way through my brain. Unfortunately, there isn’t a video that I can link to that features this hard-hitting song. Do yourself a huge favor and go to Moev’s MySpace page, select “Head Down” and “In and Out” from the player, and listen to them – all of it. You won’t regret it. 

 Moev formed in Vancouver, BC Canada in 1981 with Tom Ferris and Cal Stephenson as the nucleus. A series of musicians wandered in and out of the band over the course of the decade and beyond, altering its sound and delivery. The current iteration consists of Tom Ferris (electronics), Julie Ferris (vocals), Kevin Kane (guitar, backing vocals).

 I know longtime Moev purists may disagree, but personally, my favorite Moev music includes the era when Dean Russell (RIP 1994) was lead singer. This period, from about 1987 through 1992, produced such stellar collections as “Yeah Whatever” and “Head Down.”

 For a glimpse of what this band is all about, visit them on their official Moev website. Also, a fan tribute’s unofficial website has a wealth of information about this hidden treasure of a group. Definitely listen to the songs on the band’s MySpace page.

 Unfortunately, their older videos (including “Head Down”) have disappeared from YouTube leaving only very slim pickings from their earlier years.

 “Crucify Me” via YouTube user slider28:

 “Yeah Whatever” via YouTube user straberipatak:

“Suffer” via YouTube user drillywilly:


Moev1Zimmerkampf (1982)

moev2Dusk and Desire (1986)

moev3The Early Years (1988)










moev4Yeah Whatever (1988)

moev5Head Down (1990)

moev6Obituary Column (HA) (1991)

12 thoughts on “80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Moev

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  3. I had pleasure of meeting Moev. Dean Russell was super fun loving and talking and hanging out with him was nothing but a pleasure. I’ll never forget him. He carried his money in his shoe. He left a big impression on me.
    I am sorry he passed, he was completely cute and charming.


  4. Hey Apollo – thank you for that vignette about Dean Russell. It’s always fascinating to hear from people who knew these incredibly gifted artists personally. He certainly had a powerful voice- great to hear he had a nice personality to go with it.



  5. I know you wrote this in 2009 – but I was just thinking “am I the only one who knows that Head Down is one of the best synth pop records that no one has ever heard?” – took to Google and stumbled upon your post just now.

    It’s so nice to know that the answer is NO. I’m not the only one. 🙂

    Seriously – isn’t it just crazy how well the record still holds up after all this time? and Dean Russell’s voice is the North Star of the whole journey, IMHO.

    So here’s a little tip – I went through a phase of trying to collect may key favorite records on vinyl – Head Down, of course, never saw a proper release in this medium – with one exception – somehow the Turkish label that licensed it decided to release it (at the time) on vinyl. It’s mastered slightly different and sounds (EQ-wise) quite full and I’d say a bit “meatier” than the cd release. DEFINITELY worth collecting and cranking up! I found it, for relatively cheap (and still sealed) from cdandlp.com even though I’m in the US. – I’m sure you can check on any type of vinyl type of site and find it.

    Anyways – not sure why I mentioned that, except for the fact that I’m cranking it right now. lol

    thanks again for the great post!!


  6. Thank you, and so sorry for getting back to you so late. Somehow I wasn’t notified of your comment. I really appreciate your response. No, you are NOT the only one. It’s an incredible piece of work, and yes, it holds up amazingly well.

    Thank you, also, for the tip about the remastered vinyl version. That’s super interesting to know.

    All the best!


  7. hi from Vancouver Island BC Canada. Cool post. Great Band. yeah it seems you can snag head Down on vinyl with the red and green atlantic label smack dab in the centre there. last 2 albums aren’t available in a solid object format unfortunately. i have Zimmerkampf on the turntable right now…. hahaha ok thanks for the post and keep looping!!!! from p.


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