80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Rational Youth

RY_bHere is another top-notch Canadian band that received little recognition here in the states. Rational Youth has been incorrectly categorized as a “one-hit wonder.” Perhaps “No More And No Less” is what the band is most noted for in the fickle lower 48, but what many people do not know is that this band enjoyed success before and after “No More and No Less,” and adulation from their dedicated followers in Canada and beyond.

Anyone that reads this blog knows I adore synth-driven 80’s music. Rational Youth delivers the synthesized goods flawlessly, along with strong vocals and interesting lyrics.

Like many highly talented bands in the turbulent 80’s, the band survived several personnel changes. Originally formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn, the band started with a strong electronic foundation. Both founders had a healthy admiration for German synth-band Kraftwerk and were able to beautifully channel their own electronic talents through Rational Youth.

After enjoying three healthy LP releases during the 80’s, the band reformed fourteen years later around original member Tracy Howe, and crafted a new collection of songs called To The Goddess Electricity. Rational Youth finally called it quits in 2001 after an extensive two-year tour.

If you love electronic 80’s music as much as I do, and you have never enjoyed Rational Youth’s contribution to what I consider the most exciting and diverse musical decade, treat your ears by sampling what is on YouTube, then buy what’s still available for sale. And, remember the source: our talented and criminally overlooked neighbor to the north.

“No More and No Less” via YouTube user kudtss:

“Dancing On The Berlin Wall” via YouTube user bm02134:

“Cite Phosphore” via YouTube user paralisisnyc:

“Heredity” via YouTube user bm02134:

Purchase Rational Youth

1980’s Discography

ry_1Cold War Night Life (1982)




RY_2Rational Youth (EP, 1983)



RY_3Heredity (1985)