The first single in the Retrograde Single Series features Eponymous 4’s rare experimentation with electronic dance music. “engimatics IV” was the natural choice to serve as the title track.
“Wrong Again” started out as a cheap imitation of Walking Wounded-era Everything But the Girl, recorded on a workstation a decade past its prime. Eponymous 4 sole member Greg Bueno wasn’t satisfied with the results and shelved the demo for nearly 18 years later. In that time, music technology became more powerful and a lot cheaper, so he gave the original demo a second look. It went through extensive revisions to become the track it is today.
“Acid Vogue” was one of the first songs Greg wrote on his first workstation, a high school graduation gift in 1990. The drum beat was modeled after Madonna’s “Vogue”, while the “acid” in the title referred to “acid house”. Greg heard about acid house from an article about Duran Duran’s Big Thing album without actually knowing what it sounded like. Needless to say, it sounds nothing like acid house.