Alan Vega (born Boruch Alan Bermowitz on June 23, 1938) is an American vocalist, primarily known for his work with electronic protopunk duo, Suicide.
By the time of his third solo album, Vega had decided he wanted to escape the art punk ghetto he had been confined to and seek the mainstream success that had eluded Suicide. So, for Saturn Strip, Vega signed to a major (his first, Elektra) and pulled out all the stops to accomplish stardom. He utilized Suicide producer and fan Ric Ocasek to produce the album, but with as much polish and sheen as any album released by Ocasek’s much more successful band, the Cars. He also brought on a then-unknown aspiring synth-pop musician named Alain Jourgensen (who would later earn infamy as the creative force behind Ministry) to add a sleek synthesizer sound.
The track Saturn Drive was written by Alain Jourgensen, Stephen George who was Alain’s partner in the 1983 incarnation of Ministry also played drums on the track while the basic tracks were produced by Vince Ely of The Psychedelic Furs before Ric Ocasek polished up the final product.
Wipeout Beat (Edit) 3:06
Saturn Drive (Edit) 3:26
Saturn Drive (Extended) 5:36
Wipeout Beat (Extended) 5:42