'80s Hitmakers Animotion Debut New Single 'Last Time' From First Album In 28 Years: Exclusive

Owen Carey


The reformed 'Obsession' band returns with 'Raise Your Expectations' in 2017.

In 1984, L.A. New Wave band Animotion released "Obsession," one of the best and most iconic hits of the '80s. Their last album was in 1989, but in 2017, original members of the synthpop group will unleash their first new album in 28 years, Raise Your Expectations. Today Billboard is excited to premiere the first single from that project, "Last Time."

The newly reformed Animotion includes both original frontpeople, Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane, and the first offering from the band's return strikes an effective balance between the distinctive sound of '80s pop and more modern production techniques. Listen below.

"The new Animotion album, Raise Your Expectations is a collaboration between original members Astrid Plane, Don Kirkpatrick, Greg Smith and myself with producers Chuck Kentis and Joman," Wadhams tells Billboard. "Animotion guitarist Kirkpatrick has been in Rod Stewart’s band for over a decade, working with Rod’s musical director and keyboard player Kentis. When Animotion was signed to Invisible Hands Music in London, Don suggested that Chuck co-write and produce tracks for the album. The song 'Last Time' was a late entry to the project. Chuck’s son Avery Kentis often takes over his father’s studio, composing soundtrack music for student films. Chuck came across an 80s influenced demo that Avery had recorded and shared it with the band. Don and I immediately took to it and added guitars, melody and lyrics. That was the genesis of 'Last Time.' Coincidentally, I was so impressed with Chuck’s other son, filmmaker Noah Kentis that I hired him as director of the music video for 'Last Time.' It’s an Animotion and Kentis family affair."

The new album, which you can pre-order here, features gorgeous artwork from Jay Vigon, who created the band's original logo and the logo for Prince's Purple Rain film (not too shabby). Raise Your Expectations is out Jan. 20.



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