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M was English musician Robin Scott's brief but very successful new wave/synthpop project in the late 1970s and early 1980s. M is most known for the 1979 hit "Pop Muzik", which reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1979, and No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on 3 November 1979. Musicians who contributed to M at one time or another included Wally Badarou, Mark King, Phil Gould and Gary Barnacle of Level 42.

Scott first used the pseudonym M in 1978, when he released the single "Moderne Man". His next single, "Pop Muzik," featured Scott's brother Julian on bass, his wife Brigit Novik on backing vocals, and Wally Badarou on keyboards. The album New York - London - Paris - Munich came out in 1979.

M had three other singles that achieved a chart entry in the UK, "Moonlight and Muzak" (No. 33 in December 1979), "That's the Way the Money Goes" (No. 45 in March 1980) and "Official Secrets" (No. 64 in November 1980). M released three studio albums throughout their career: New York • London • Paris • Munich in 1979, The Official Secrets Act in 1980, and Famous Last Words in 1981 which was never released in the UK. A fourth album, Robin Scott with Shikisha, was recorded in 1984 but was not released until 1998.

M's first single "Moderne Man" was later remixed with "Satisfy Your Lust", the B-side of "That's the Way the Money Goes", and appeared as a medley on their album New York • London • Paris • Munich. The original single releases appeared on the 1997 CD re-release. A remixed version of "Pop Muzik" was played before each concert of U2's PopMart Tour.


The name of M's album comes from a line in this song's chorus, "New York, London, Paris, Munich, Everybody's talkin' 'bout Pop Music."
This was one of the first new wave singles to top the charts.
M is producer and singer Robin Scott. He's English.
M went on to collaborate with Oscar-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto on some lesser known pop music.
Scott chose this moniker after seeing a large "M" is Paris. It was an "M" for the Metropolitain, Paris' subway system.
M's only chart single.
Three versions (rhythm and blues, funk, and electronic) were pieced together over several months on bartered studio "down time." The released version was the "electronic" one.

 

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