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    Posted: 15 May 2015 at 9:13pm
Unfortunately, or not if you prefer, the 1980's saw an explosion of synthesised pop. Some was good but I like to remember what came just before, you can call it Synth Britannia if you wish...
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I'm a great Ultravox fan. Was spinning "Vienna" only yesterday . . Big smile
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Tangerine Dream Logos (live at the Dominion) - more electro-rock than pop.

Pet Shop Boys "Actually" - their best in my opinion. Features Dusty Springfield on "What Have I done To Deserve This"


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In my record collection I have a Dusty Springfield album called Scandal and when I bought it and took it home I realised that side two had been produced by the Pet Shop Boys and my heart sank, blandness built in, but surprisingly it wasn't the case and it is quite a pleasant album to listen to.I wonder if the above mentioned track came from the same sessions?
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Originally posted by morris_minor morris_minor wrote:

I'm a great Ultravox fan. Was spinning "Vienna" only yesterday . . Big smile


I was going to start this post with"do Ultravox come into this thread" and then I saw Bobs post
which rather answered the question.Whilst I can not claim to be the biggest fan of the group I find a lot of their music a little bit on the bland side ,and I seem to recall reading somewhere
that a lot of that is down to Midge Ure wanting things to be so perfect that he "perfected"
all the life and vitality out of the music.Having said all that I do like quite a few of their tracks,
Vienna,Dancing with Tears in my Eyes etc and I also like their version of the old Walker brothers track No Regrets ,but I don't think they would make into a "Desert Island Disc" top twenty
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Ultravox's songs can get a bit pretentious IMO - their recent album 'Brilliant' is almost a self-parody in this respect, but I do like their sound. I've just got 'Quartet' on trendy white vinyl and never heard it sound so good - some of those synth textures being dug out of the vinyl by my Zyx/Reflex/EXP combo are to die for . . Big smile
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Pet Shop Boys are a great band. Sure, they haven't tinkered very much with their sound in their career, but their recent album "Electric" sure is heavy, pounding and dancey. A surprisingly energetic record for two guys of a respectable age, and coming after the good but very mellow "Elysium". Anyway, I have all of their albums and I like them a lot (just be sure to get the vinyl versions of the ones from the last 10-15 years, they sound much better than the CD versions).

Another British synth band that I love is Depeche Mode, probably my favourite band of all times (I have all the albums on CD/SACD, most on vinyl too, all the singles in various editions on CD and many on vinyl too: my DM collection is of approximately 120 CD/SACDs, 50 vinyl records, and 8 DVDs). Differently from PSB, they have changed A LOT in their career... while at the same time staying true to their identity. I personally think that Martin Gore is a genius musician and lyricist, and they have always managed to sound timeless and not necessarily "an '80s band with '80s sound". Dave Gahan is probably the best voice synth pop has ever had: the guy is soulful! I have seen them live four times (Manchester, Milan, Torino), and each time it's been a roaringly good show. Synth/electro pop, yes, but it rocks too.
 


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