Video Premiere: Black Needle Noise, “Social Media Disease”

John Fryer (Photo by Candice Ghai)

Black Needle Noise is the brainchild of legendary producer John Fryer.  In addition to producing nearly all the late ’80s, early ’90s output for both 4AD and Mute Records — including Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails (he did Pretty Hate Machine), Dead Can Dance, Yaz, etc. — he was also one of the main masterminds behind This Mortal Coil.

Following in the legacy of This Mortal Coil strategy, wherein Fryer writes all the music and enlists a vocalist who adds their vocals to a composition, Ghettoblaster is pleased to premiere “Social Media Disease” by Black Needle Noise. This is what Fryer had to say about the track:

“I always saw this as a post-punk distorted dream pop song and it needed a little bit of aggro in the vocals. I thought Betty X would be perfect for this and as you can hear she is.”

Betty X added, “The fast-paced techno beats served as the perfect vehicle for a diatribe on America’s obsession with social media, technology, and fame. It’s a cautionary tale of being self-absorbed with these things. It’s an unhealthy addiction…a social media disease.”