So, let's do both?
First the rain with "Umbrella" by Rhianna featuring Jay-Z https://songwhip.com/rihanna/umbrella
Then with the shine, let's go with They Might Be Giants teaching us how the sun actually shines with "Why Does The Sun Shine?" First with the original version: https://songwhip.com/they-might-be-giants/why-does-the-sun-shine-the-sun-is-a-mass-of-incandescent-gas
Then with the update about how the sun is, in fact, made of plasma: https://songwhip.com/they-might-be-giants/why-does-the-sun-really-shine-the-sun-is-a-miasma-of-incandescent-plasma
Song of the Day - No 292
NEW ORDER - TEMPTATION
"Temptation" is a stand-alone single released by New Order on Factory Records in 1982, reaching number 29 on the UK Singles Chart. The 12" versions of "Temptation" and its B-side, "Hurt", later appeared on New Order's EP 1981–19821.
A fan made this video of the kick ass Squids song "Head in the Sand." The track and the photos were grabbed from the Hawaii Punk Museum, and masterfully edited together. This song was co-written by Kevin Carr (lyrics) and Rudy Trubitt (music). I think Kevin might have contributed to the music as well. Circa 1981.
Although I previously mentioned that ABC had a disappointing sophomore album, this actually is my favourite by them and my 7th most listened to album the past 365 days. ABC's sleek and #NewRomantic style perfectly fits the rocky direction this album took. The title track is sleek and tight and Love's a Dangerous Language has got some very good guitar work. Not a bad track on here. The font is terrible though.
So, I guess, let's get weird?
The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLrnkK2YEcE
The Chainsmokers - You Owe Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hMQe2U4c6w
Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTeg1txDv8w
Steve Aoki & DJ Diesel (Shaq) - Welcome to the Playhouse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUKZMkPTDnw
They Might Be Giants - The Greatest (CW: Blood, Voodoo Doll) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7aAqEXWdaU
#OTD Sept 28, 1981\
Bananarama released their first single “Aie A Mwana”
Surprise! It’s a cover! 😏
The song has an interesting history. It first appeared on a 1971 cross-cultural dance album called ‘Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki’, becoming a French dance craze that summer. Next up, John Peel, by way of his Dandelion record label, reissued the song in Britain. Then in the later 70’s a band in Zaire called Black Blood scored an international hit with a cover, now called A.I.E. Mwana.
The Bananarama version got heavy airplay on college radio in the early 80’s and eventually made it onto their 1983 debut LP “Deep Sea Skiving”.
visit Kanazawa. on the way to #Ishinoko Fest in Komatsu.
I liked their New Waveness and lyrics in French. But I don't know when and Why I reached their music.
i guess it was recently introduced in Japan, but I couldn't find any information. #music #GoûtsdeLuxe #newwave #postpunk
Sapphire Slows‘ True Breath is thrilling!
Song of the Day - No 291
The Pretenders - Brass in Pocket
"Brass in Pocket" is a song by The Pretenders, released as a single in 1979 and later included in their self-titled debut album "The Pretenders" in 1980. It became the band's first major hit, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart.
"Notorious" is the fourteenth single by the English #newWave band #DuranDuran. It was released internationally by #EMI on 20 October 1986. "#Notorious" was the first single issued from Duran Duran's fourth album Notorious (1986), and the first released by Duran Duran as a 3-piece band after the departure of #RogerTaylor and #AndyTaylor. It was a commercial success worldwide, reaching number seven on the #UKSinglesChart and number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.
#OTD Sept 27, 1982
The first episode of Square Pegs aired, featuring a cameo by the Waitresses.
I was psyched for this show since it focused on modern day highschool kids and not from the usual character types. It had cool characters like Johnny Slash, and Jennifer DiNuccio. I thought Jamie Gertz’ character Muffy was a riot.
And of course there was the music. Not just the Waitresses. The show featured music and even cameos from modern bands, including Devo. The highschool setting included a student run radio station, decorated with stickers, posters and album covers from all the cool new wave bands.
The show was canceled after the first season due to low ratings. Even back in ‘83, CBS was for old people. First time I realized cool, barely edgy entertainment for young people was always gonna be hard to find.
Ciao a tutti, apro questo mio spazio con la mia band preferita di sempre, i Sound. Questo brano è tratto da una raccolta di demo tapes appena pubblicata.
#thesound #adrianborland #postpunk #newwave #80s #music #musica #mastoradio #mastorock #mastomusic #rock
#OTD Sept 26, 1980
Synth Pop pioneers O.M.D. release the single “Enola Gay”, b/w “Annex”
Probably my favorite O.M.D. track. It’s got the band’s classic structure that features a synth melody in place of a vocal chorus. The rhythm section is also pretty sweet.
And it’s an anti-war song, referencing the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Apparently it’s also been widely viewed as a gay anthem, which I was unaware of until recently.
OMD creates some of the best synth hooks I’ve ever heard. Always enjoyable. Even when singing about dark subjects like war and mass death.
So, I'm going with a few songs - of differing genres. Cause, I can!
1. Dope - You Spin Me Round (cover) https://songwhip.com/dope/you-spin-me-round-like-a-record
2. Lady Gaga - Dancin in Circles"https://songwhip.com/lady-gaga/dancin-in-circles
3. They Might Be Giants - Circular Karate Chop https://songwhip.com/they-might-be-giants/circular-karate-chop
4. KDrew - Circles https://songwhip.com/kdrew/circles
New this week
#acoustic #alternative #alternativemetal #ambient #atmospheric #bass #beat #boorloo #dancehall #darkambient #deephouse #dreampop #drone #dub #edm #electronic #electronica #experimental #fieldrecordings #grime #hiphop #hiphop #housemusic #indie #jazz #lofi #lofi #metal #metalcore #minimal #newage #newwave #noise #perth #poprock #progressive #r&b #rock #singersongwriter #soundtrack #soundtrackmusic #spacemusic #synthpop #synthwave #videogame
Our next pop-up appearance will be Friday 6th October, 5pm to 7:30 @ The Hidden Gem, Station Road, Belmont, SM2 6DF. We really enjoyed our last evening there back in July, it's such a great little venue. Loads of great artwork & vinyl on offer as always, something for everyone. Hope to see you there! 🎸🎷🎶😎
Song of the Day - No 289
Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric?
"Are 'Friends' Electric?" is a song by Tubeway Army, released in 1979. It's the most recognized track from their album "Replicas" and became a number one hit in the UK charts.
As Numan once said " I had a No 1 single with a song about a robot prostitute and no one knew.""
Subtitled "Diamante" for if you didn't understand the title. Sophomore albums are often a disappointment after a great debut (ABC, A✓:, U2, etc.), and this is no exception. There's some interesting music on here though: Paint Me Down is amazingly catchy, and Coffee Club has got a quirky rhythm. I don't think this album is half bad, but not exceptionally good.
There's a little old place where we can get together. A Love Shack!
I knew I was never get the walls perfect, so I kept with the music video's diner-esque vibes. I think it is still recognizable as resembling the music video, though.
Let me know your thoughts?
🏷 Tags: #Music #MusicVideo #B52s #LoveShack #ACNH #ACNHScreenshots #ACNHScenes #AnimalCrossing #VideoGames #NewWave #Nintendo #NintendoSwitch #ACNHCommunity #あつもり #あつ森 #CozyGames #CozyGamer #CozyGaming #TheB52s
I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun
- Substance, New Order (1987)
I'm super psyched to see the 40th anniversary reissue of Stop Making Sense (a seminal piece of my musical education). Thinking back to that took me down the rabbit hole of memories listening to the KBEM in Minneapolis on Sunday nights for their Radio 1 show, which featured loads of imported new wave that you couldn't hear anywhere else. Here's slice of those Sunday nights:
My favourite Dutch band from the period, too bad the lyrics aren't in Dutch, though. The great thing about #TheMo is that a Bassoon was part of their main instruments and it's audible on many tracks. Unfortunately this got ditched when the line-up changed after this album. This band seems to be mostly forgotten today, safe for their single "Fred Astaire", which is a big shame. I can really recommend this!
I bought this together while a whole lot of other stuff from an unsorted shelf in a record store, in search of some lesser known music. I played this once and was impressed, but I put it away soon after. I now rediscovered the album and have been listening to it non-stop for a few days. (Not on Spotify, so I have to go by a YT video.) Really good, cool, #NewRomantic. Good bass, great synths!
They're re-releasing Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense for its 40th anniversary
I was at one of their concerts on the college circuit -before the movie came out the first time!
Long before MTV was even a thought
Yikes I am old!
But I have the best #memories! 🌟🎇
And I'm not done yet ;->
Song of the Day - No 287
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
"Smalltown Boy" is a song by the British synth-pop band Bronski Beat, released in 1984 as a single from their debut album "The Age of Consent." The track addresses issues of homophobia and loneliness, and it became a significant hit in various countries.
"One Thing Leads to Another" is a song by English #newWave band #theFixx, from their album #ReachTheBeach. It is the band's most successful single outside the UK, reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 1983. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard #RockTopTracks chart and became a number-one hit in Canada. Vocalist #CyCurnin has described the song as an indictment of dishonest politicians.
#OTD Sept 23, 1981
Suburban Lawns release their one and only full length, self-titled album.
They’d gained popularity in LA thanks to their previous singles, “Gidget Goes To Hell” (featured on SNL) and “Janitor” (released in 1980 and played often on local radio stations). So this LP was eagerly anticipated.
I first heard “Janitor” on KROQ sometime around ‘83. I loved the surf guitar sound and silly lyrics sung in a deadpan fashion by Su Tissue. So I got this album and was happy to find that Janitor wasn’t a fluke.
Other favorites include the opener “Flying Saucer Safari”, the groovy, funky track “Gossip”, and the truly ridiculous “Unable”.
I eventually got the “Gidget Goes To Hell” 7”, which has the wonderfully demented b-side track “My Boyfriend”, and then the VHS of The Best of New Wave Theater, the first time I actually saw the band playing live.
Song of the Day - No 286
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a song by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released in 1985. It was the main theme for the film "The Breakfast Club" and became one of the band's signature songs. The track was not included in any of the band's original albums but was later added to their greatest hits compilations.
Song of the Day - No 285
Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds
"Suspicious Minds" is a song originally performed by Elvis Presley, and Fine Young Cannibals covered it for their debut self-titled album "Fine Young Cannibals" released in 1985. The band's rendition of the song gave it a unique twist, blending their signature style with the classic tune.
This is my moment. A chance to really post up an important song that I love about pirates.
#TheyMightBeGiants' "Pirate Girls Nine." https://songwhip.com/theymightbegiants/pirate-girls-nine
What? It's a funny kid song that I listened to a ton with my kids when they were little.
#OTD Sept 17, 1982
Shriekback - "My Spine (Is The Bassline)" EP
Funky new wave notable for lacking synth sounds in the age of synth. This is like the word “cool” expressed in musical form.
It’s like XTC + Gang of Four. I still listen to this song regularly 🤩
#OTD Sept 14, 1980
The Missing Scientists - “Big City, Bright Lights” b/w “Discotheque X”
An early collaboration between indie pop pioneers Dan Treacy and Joe Foster from Television Personalities and the synth-pop visionary Daniel Miller, known for his work as The Normal and Silicon Teens (and also the head of Mute Records).
It’s not the scrappy jangle-pop + synthesizers and drum machines you might expect from this trio. Instead, both sides draw significant inspiration from reggae.
The A-side is, in fact, a cover of "Big City", a rocksteady song from 1972 by Dandy Livingstone. Missing Scientists modernize the song without being cheesy.
"Discotheque X", features guitar work that skanks along with the riding rhythm laid down by the bass and hi-hat heavy drums. Synthesizer is used more for texture.
Song of the Day - No 277
Joy Division - Ceremony
Joy Division "Ceremony" is a song by Joy Division, released as New Order's debut single in 1981. The song, as well as the B-side, "In a Lonely Place", were written as Joy Division prior to the death of Ian Curtis. Both were carried over to the band's re-incarnation as New Order.
One of only two albums released on the Telegraph label founded by three ex-#OMD members, the other being Still Life (earlier this thread). This is an absolutely amazing live album and the music is so consistent throughout the album. They managed to make #synthpop songs sound great acoustically and that is a brilliant quality! Definitely in my top 3 favourite China Crisis albums.
When I walked past my frequented record store today I saw there was a massive sale going on and the record I saw lying in the shelf for months was 12 euros cheaper than normal. So I had to buy it. This is my favourite a✓: album, it blends #PostPunk and #funk so perfectly, with chilling brass sections and funky rhythms. The Fox for one starts off with an amazing drum riff!
Another #90s side hustle, but this time one of former #OMD members. Actually, this band was 100% OMD while OMD was 25% OMD. Does that make sense? No. But it's a fun thought. Brilliant cover, painted by the keyboardist Cooper. Smooth and warm melodies, in no way resembling their former band. This really is a forgotten gem. (I actually got sent this #CD by the drummer, how cool is that?)
I have known about their song Need You Tonight since childhood and it's brilliant, but I never knew that it segued so amazingly into the next song. That's the kind of stuff I always missed out on by listening only to my liked songs playlist... I like this album, good and poppy and it's got a distinctly cool vibe and sleek production.
One of my favourite albums of all time. Such a smooth and pleasant listen. I was very lucky to find it in my frequented record store this week as normally China Crisis appears rarely. I don't really have more to say than 5/5.
I have a lot of albums by #GrahamParker and #TheRumour but it still has to get to me properly. So far this album is really enjoyable, nicely upbeat and some really clear production. I get really positive vibes from this album!
Before I even went to #Croatia, I had researched a bit about #Yugoslav #NewWave music. This is an excellent compilation of the more #PostPunk style. Interestingly, the people at a record store couldn't believe I had bought this down the street as apparently there's some big dispute going between the singer and their label. I was told to cherish this #CD, so I will!
Only issued as a CD once and never again. There's two for sale on Discogs for 189 and 300 EUR, but I got mine for 90! I loved Cherchez Le Garçon with its extended codas and playful synths, but that is mostly absent from this album. While I missed that at first, the album has grown on me since. This album is more punky than #synthpop, with more focus on the guitars.
* “Fool” will be out on streaming platforms this Friday, Sept 8th 💖
Thanks to Neilio for making this promo graphic & the cover art 🎨
Releasing via Headphone Music 🎧
🎵 The more I look at it,
The more I like it.
I do think it's good.
The fact is…
No matter how closely I study it
No matter how I take it apart
No matter how I break it down
It remains consistent
I WISH YOU WERE HERE TO SEE IT!
I know I have tooted about this album before in my #Vinyl thread, but now it's time for the #CD version. The beauty of this medium is the bonus tracks and this release has a whole disc dedicated to it. Those tracks are singles and their b-sides from the same time period. Some of them included on 1981-1982 as well. There's an alternate version of Ceremony at the end, which is special!
The Cars - Shake it Up
Often considered a "weaker" Cars album, I don't know - it's the last Roy Thomas Baker produced record, and I think it's pretty darn strong.
Hard to believe that the track Shake Iit Up was the Cars' first top-10 hit...which isn't to say it's not great, but this the third album in a row that's just packed with great (albeit "lightweight") songs.
Anyway, more great "new wave" pop.
My original copy from 1981. Weirdly flawless.
* “Fool” is out now on Bandcamp, & will be releasing on streaming platforms next Friday, Sept 8th 💖
Cover art by Neilio
Released via Headphone Music Label
It’s also Bandcamp Friday so make sure to stop by there & support independent artists 💖
#bandcampfriday #HeadphoneMusicLabel #neilio #electronicmusic #electropop #synthpop #indiepop #retrowave #synthwave #newwave #altpop #dreampop #dancepop #indietronica #electro #retro #80s #hyperspektiv
The last album I needed to complete my China Crisis collection, except their 2015 effort. This makes me think: what band can I summarise 2023 with for me? 2022 was #OMD, 2021 #NewOrder, and 2020 #U2. Will it be China Crisis or #ACertainRatio? Not the right post to ponder this in, but perhaps these hashtags will help you find something new in this thread to listen to!
Song of the Day - No 264
Fun Boy Three with Bananarama - It Ain’t What You Do
The original jazz tune was transformed into a pop song with ska elements in 1982. With the title slightly altered to "It Ain't What You Do....", it was recorded by Fun Boy Three and Bananarama, and was included on the former's self-titled debut album, but it was not available on a Bananarama album until 1988
I am always looking for Dutch language #NewWave or #SynthPop and hope it's something that sticks, and I don't think I found something yet. This is no real difference. It's not bad at all, it's got #ska vibes and feels a lot like #DoeMaar (from what I remember). #TheMo was absolutely perfect, but not Dutch language unfortunately. This record is still a pleasant listen though!
It's only translucent if you hold it against the light. This apparently is the first pressing, so it's quite cool that I found it today. While I love Movement, I think the singles from this time period really show the development from #PostPunk to #SynthPop: whereas Movement is more post-punk, this record is clearly synth-pop. Incredible find!
I was this years old when I finally realized that Adam Ant = "adamant".
You don't drink, don't smoke
(What do you do?)
You don't drink, don't smoke
(What do you do?)
Subtle innuendos follow
There must be something inside....
So it's time that I played again, I tooted about this album and how seminal it is earlier today. I got the box set and I think I never really touched it since I explored it when I received it. A shame really. The cover is brilliant as well: the lines aren't just there for fun, they also represent the catalogue number! Another brilliant Peter Saville design.
#OTD August 27, 1980
The B-52’s release their second LP, “Wild Planet”
Sophomore albums are rarely as good as the first one, but damn, this is about as close as you can get to repeating unbelievable success and cool music.
Recorded in the Bahamas like its predecessor, this follow up delivers more of the band’s signature sound; retro-kitsch, bouncy beats, quirky hooks, and first-class vocals from Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson.
Some real classics on this one, including “Quiche Lorraine,” “Dirty Back Road” and the immortal “Private Idaho”. But it’s another album you should just play from start to finish.
The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
I never would have expected "De do do do, de da da da" to be the song that broke the Police, but there you go - three albums in and they had a monster hit, at least in the US. (No idea why the previous LPs didn't break out.)
Anyway, a refinement of the early, classic Police trio sound, and probably the best of the first three.
This is another old Nautilus pressing, really dynamic and quiet.
The Police - Ghost in the Machine
This record and XTC's English Settlement spent a lot of time on my turntable in 1981/1982.
It was a pretty big pivot from the first three albums, leaving the "pure" guitar trio behind, and using quite a lot of synthesizer. Plus, Hugh Padgham gave these more ambitious tracks a big, atmospheric sound...something that would continue into their next (and last) record.
(Nautilus version from long ago.)
The cover promised me a more pensive, calm album than what I'm hearing now. I do quite like it: it seems clean, powerful, and dark. The cover is a thing of beauty, that font looks brilliant as well! I heard a lot about this album so it's great to finally give it a go.
One of my all-time favourite albums. This record sounds like sitting in front of the fireplace in an old house on a cold winter evening, despite the first track talking about summertime. The bass playing is excellent on this record as well. I found this yesterday on an unexpected outdoor #vinyl market and it was a pleasant surprise.
Song of the Day - No 257
Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
"Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" is a song from the album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret by English synth-pop duo Soft Cell that was released as a single in January 1982 and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.
A promo video was made that features the British actress Eileen Daly
Mathématiques Modernes - “Disco Rough” (1980)
Obscure French New Wave duo headed by Edwige Belmore , known as "the queen of punks, muse of the Parisian nightlife of the punk-new wave era, physiognomist and figurehead of the Palace”.
This is some innovative electro-new wave music, and was an NME single of the week after its debut.
Both members of the group have since died.
"I was sitting there thinking, I cant hear guitar": Alex Lifeson on the battle behind Rush's most divisive song, Subdivisions
Sonically, Subdivisions took Rush further into the world of synthesisers and guitarist Alex Lifeson wasn't happy about it
I was in Ljubljana for one day and took that opportunity to find something local. I was introduced to this record by a kind shopkeeper. It's some very clean and upbeat #synthpop & #newwave from #80s #yugoslavia, unfortunately not picked up anywhere else it seems. This is only my first listen but I'm already very impressed! (I wonder if this hashtag is actually about the band though... EDIT: no.)
#OTD August 17, 1979
XTC - "Drums and Wires" LP
It’s their third album, and my personal introduction to the band.
I’ll always recall hearing “Making Plans for Nigel” for the first time. What a fascinating song both lyrically and musically. Great guitar riffs, of course.
Over the years, I’ve grown to enjoy the entire album too, with fun and quirky tunes like “Helicopter”, "Scissor Man", "When You're Near Me..." and "Ten Feet Tall".
More guitars on this one vs keyboard. It’s got a great sound overall. And the cover art is instantly distinguishable too.
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Song of the Day - No 240
Banarama - Na Na Hey Hey
In February 1983, UK girl group Bananarama released a version of then-fictitious band Steam's original. The song released as a single from their album Deep Sea Skiving. This version became a top ten hit in the United Kingdom (number 5)
Oh are you an 80's Kid? Do you long for the #SynthPop and #NewWave songs like A-ha's Take On Me and The Car's Drive? Then check out @shannoncurtis 80's Kid album--hearing a female vocalist reimagine these timeless tracks along with @hilljam 's flawless production is a real treat, and sure to bring back memories of watching Mtv in your wood-paneled living room and hanging out with your friends at the roller skating rink.
#80s #80sMusic #Nostalgia #CoverSongs #80spop