The Exotic Birds was a pop music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1983 by three Cleveland Institute of Music percussion students, Andy Kubiszewski, Tom Freer and Tim Adams. They wrote their own music and were described as synth pop, techno-pop and techno-dance. They achieved mainly local success but appeared as an opening band for the Eurythmics.
The band eventually grew to five members. Adams left to do orchestral work, but Mark Best and Frank Vale signed on. Then by 1985 (video available on you tube) Trent Reznor joined the band on keyboards, programming and backing vocals. Shortly after that, Reznor's roommate, Chris Vrenna replaced Freer on drums, who was departing for the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. But this was clearly Kubiszewski's band as neither Reznor nor Vrenna wrote any of the songs. A 1985 interview with Kubiszewski and Reznor is available on youtube under the name "Trent Reznor Before Nine Inch Nails". By 1988 the band had broken up.
Track listing: Heartbeat Like a Drum (Rhythmix)Heartbeat Like a Drum (E-Z Listening mix)Pleasure (Dreamworld mix)Dance With Me (disco Invader mix)Everything Is Different Now (Relentless mix)Day After Day (remix)
Track listing: Everything Is Different NowDay After DayThe Rhythm of MachineryFashion and LuxryHeartbeat Like a DrumThis FeelingThe TouchDance With MePleasureEvery Star Was YouDay After Day (remix)Heartbeat Like Drum (The E-Z-Listening mix)Dance With Me (disco Invader mix)Pleasure (Dreamworld mix)Every Star Was You (Celestial mix)