England’s World Cup match isn’t until later this afternoon, but the proud country already scored a massive victory today when ’90s pop band EMF announced that their Facebook account has finally been verified.
Over the past five years, there’s been some uncertainty over who was actually running their Twitter account, created nearly 20 years after the dance-pop Brits broke onto the global mainstream with their chart-topping, ahead-of-its-time hit “Unbelievable.” At one point, we thought it was Bay Area writer and Vanyaland contributor David Thorpe fucking with us.
Most of the EMF tweets in recent months have been aligned with Facebook, along the lines of “This Date In History,” as well as promotional videos, many of which are for their 1992 cover of the Stooges’ “Search And Destroy.”
UPDATE 9:46 a.m. EST: EMF has clarified for us that it’s their Facebook page that has finally been verified today, as their Twitter has been legitimized for “quite some time.” We’re rolling with it.
EMF — who took their name, Epson Mad Funkers, from a New Order fan club in 1989 — reunited a few times over the past dozen years, and in 2012 played two festivals in the UK before releasing a DVD, Long Live the New Flash Live at the Gloucester Guildhall/15 December 2012, just last year.
Today in EMF history: April 13, 1991 – "Unbelievable" entered the US Hot 100 at #87. It spent 23 weeks on chart, including hitting #1.
— EMF (@EMFTheBand) April 13, 2014
But as any sharp pop maven will tell you, the real gem of that album remains the criminally-underrated “Girl of an Age,” which was never released as a single.
For shame. It’s still a scorcher.
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