Posts Tagged ‘Synth Pop’

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – Der Mussolini (1981)

June 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Just combing through this month’s Mojo magazine and one of their recommended tracks to check out was a new Giorgio Moroder remix of Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft’s classic track Der Mussolini.

I had a listen but, frankly, it’s a bit insipid compared to the relentless brutality and tunelessness of the original!

Formed in Dusseldorf in 1978, D.A.F. were staples on the John Peel Show in the latest 70s and early 80s. A different take on synth-pop compared to Kraftwerk but another great German record.

Altogether now:

Geh’ in die Knie
Und klatsch’ in die Hände
Beweg’ deine Hüften
Und tanz’ den Mussolini
Tanz’ den Mussolini
Tanz’ den Mussolini


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – International (1983)

February 11, 2015 Leave a comment

I’ve always had a bit of a contrarian streak about me and this post gives me a chance to show it off twice!

Firstly, I am unashamed to say that I really like (early) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “Electricity”, “Enola Gay”, “Joan of Arc”, “Tesla Girls”, etc, really are peerless classics from the synth-pop era. All sorts of aspersions relating to geography teachers and “dad dancing” have been cast about the band but, really, this is pretty lazy criticism (and, as a king of dad dancing myself, rather offensive to boot!). Their influences are sound and their execution, largely, impeccable.

Secondly, not only do I really like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark but I really love this album track! It’s from their fourth LP, Dazzle Ships, and, in truth, it hasn’t got the pop sheen of their earlier singles. Nonetheless, it’s a wonderful piece of (pop) electronica  with some great samples and a beautiful melody. The only downside is that, on occasions, the tune gets dangerously close to “The Bonnie Banks ‘o Loch Lomond”. However, it is also a waltz and that trumps any pseudo Scottish considerations!

Frankly, name me another blog that would bother with this? Quitters!

New Musik – Living By Numbers (1980)

September 13, 2013 1 comment

Well, I suspect many might be expecting some sort of fashionable mea culpa, “guilty pleasures” type apologia to be appended to this post ….. but far from it!

I love this record as much as life itself.

Always a favourite when I was a lad; I was jolted from a terrible night’s 3 hour sleep a few days ago by this opening the proceedings on Radio 2 at around quarter to six.

This has always been peerless, early 80s, synth pop but now, as a senior Government analyst, “Living By Numbers” suddenly sounded like a particularly concise job description.

The original LP/single version then the classic promo video …..

Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (1981)

January 12, 2012 1 comment

Difficult to capture the extent to which this is the definition of pop perfection…. Beautiful synth pop and a killer vocal. Say hello, wave goodbye.

I put up with all the scenes

And this is one scene that’s going to be played my way ……..

Take your hands …. off me

I don’t belong to you, you see

Take a look at my face for the last time

I never knew you, you never knew me

Say hello, goodbye

The original LP version then the excellent 12″ remix!

Kraftwerk – Computer Love (1981)

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Part of the greatest double A sided single of all time?

“The Model” on one side and “Computer Love” on the other.

The mechanistic vocals are the perfect complement to a sublime melody. The whole song is perfect, but, from 3:20 onwards, when the additional rhythm kicks in, this track takes to the stratosphere and never returns.

One of the greatest records of all time. 7+ minutes of pop perfection.

Human League – Don’t You Want Me (1981)

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Just heard tonight that Martin Rushent died over the weekend.

I’ve previously posted the fruits of his work, without acknowledgement I’m ashamed to say (for example, here producing the classic first Stranglers LP) but nothing can top his work on the classic Human League LP “Dare”.

From start to finish, a work of  unsurpassable pop/synth/electro perfection.

Never better than on the era defining “Don’t You Want Me” … never sounded better than tonight.

I was a 17 year old Joy Division fanatic when this came out, but this is, quite simply, a record of genius.

The world would be a poorer place without Martin Rushent and, at the end of the day, no individual can ask more than that as an epitaph.

The video then Top of the Pops. Thank you Martin.

Robert Palmer – Johnny and Mary (1980)

April 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Okay, it’s Sunday night. Manchester City are in the FA Cup Final for the first time in 30 years. There’s a spot of red wine available and Simple Minds have suddenly lurched into the frame. As such, my anti-synth pop credentials are in the gutter and I am wallowing in any old tripe that involved a ZX-80 or an Apple II.

Fortunately, I can call on the excellence of the late, and occasionally great, Robert Palmer to get me out of a hole. In due course, the sheer audacity of the video for Addicted to Love will get an airing on this blog but, in the meantime, beat this for pop perfection ….

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