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New Musik's signature tune surely a hit with math majors in the '80s

Yesterday it was all about spelling, but we are all about balance on Lost and Found so today we tackle arithmetic and it all adds up to a feature on New Musik and Living By Numbers.

Riding the synth sound of England in the early '80s, the London band New Musik released their debut and had several U.K. hits, but none was bigger than Living By Numbers, which reached No. 13 across the pond. The quirky electronic sound of Living By Numbers made it a no-brainer to be used by Casio as background music for a commercial for their new digital calculators.

Echoing the sentiments of Bob Seger's Feel Like A Number, Living By Numbers forecasts the day when "they don't want your name, just your number." The next two albums for New Musik failed to produce any hits and the band broke up in 1982. Lead singer Tony Mansfield turned to producing with immediate success when he helmed Naked Eyes' debut album Burning Bridges that featured the monster hits Always Something There To Remind Me and Promises, Promises.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:58am]


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