Thursday, January 05, 2006

Synthpop's Second Tier

There's no better way to trumpet a post than to diminish its importance in the title. Here, a few hits sampled from throughout the 80s, from a few bands who didn't achieve the fame of, say, your Depeche Modes or your OMDs or Pet Shop Boys or Erasures or whatever. Exclusively by virtue of their minor chart success, I'd call them B-Listers. Blisters. But they'll always occupy a place at the top of my heart's A-List.

Candy and cheese time.

Two smash hits from London, ca. 1981.
Visage - Fade to Grey
Buy it!
Ultravox - Vienna
Buy it!

One from Berlin, ca. 1984.
Alphaville - Big in Japan
Buy it!

Liverpool ca. 1986.
Dead or Alive - Brand New Lover
Buy it!

Frankfurt, ca. 1987.
Camouflage - The Great Commandment
Buy it!

Manchester (!) ca. 1989.
When in Rome - The Promise
Buy it!


  • At 9:44 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Oh dear, "Vienna" hasn't aged well, has it? It's almost impossible to comprehend now, but in '81 it was one of the only "New Wave" songs available in barroom jukeboxes. It was "Vienna" and "Rock Lobster" versus Van Halen and REO. Guess who won?


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