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.”