HistoryThe two first met in 1984 when the Smiths guitarist contributed to a Quando Quango track that Sumner was producing.
Later in 1988, Sumner was frustrated because his New Order bandmates were not receptive to his desire to add synth programming to their music.
He decided to produce a solo album but found that he did not enjoy working alone, so he called Marr for help.Inspired by contemporary dance music like Italo house and acts such as Technotronic, their initial concept was to release white label records on Factory and remain an anonymous entity, in contrast to their considerable reputations with The Smiths and New Order.
The track "Lucky Bag" and the name Electronic itself are two of the vestiges of this initial approach.
In 1989, Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant suggested a collaboration when he heard of the budding partnership through sleeve designer Mark Farrow .The fruits of this union became "Getting Away with It", Electronic's debut single which was released in December 1989 and sold around a quarter of a million copies.
The drums on this record were played by ABC's David Palmer and the string arrangement was written by Anne Dudley.
It was a Top 40 hit in America the following spring and they toured in support for Depeche Mode in August, 1990.
After this success, Sumner and Marr took a more commercial direction, blending synthesizers, guitars and analogue technology whilst retaining the template of contemporary alternative rock.