(last.fm) Crash Course in Science (CCIS) is an electronic musical group that was formed in 1979 in Philadelphia by Dale Feliciello (lead vocals), Mallory Yago and Michael Zodorozny.
The band was formed as a way to explore performance art and music, which the members desperately needed to express. Choosing toy instruments and live drums out of necessity, CCIS began to experiment with a series of analog recording devices. The instruments gave way to crude drum machines and ‘Frankenstein’ type home-made instruments.
Championed by local radio station WXPN DJ Lee Paris they recorded the single “Cakes in the Home” (with the B-side containing “Kitchen Motors” and “Mechanical Breakdown”) for his Go Go label (GO GO R001). This was followed by “Signals from Pier Thirteen” (Press Records P 2001) in 1981 produced by John Wicks at Third Story Recordings. This 12” EP contained the songs ‘Cardboard Lamb’ and ‘Flying Turns’ which are two of the bands most recognizable tracks. This record has been regarded as influential to the techno industrial genres and was an early inception of what is now known as the ‘electro’ sound. This record is still highly sought-after by collectors and fans today.