Album artwork for The Tears of Technology - Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present by Various

Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs are back with another lovingly compiled compilation and it's an absolute joy. For years, synthesisers were equated with coldness, laboratories, a boffin's idea of music, and something that could put regular musicians out of business overnight. At the turn of the eighties, as the price of synthesisers and drum machines fell to within the reach of ordinary folk, a new wave of groups decided to prove the doubters wrong.

While punk had been about nihilism and anarchy, Britain's synth revolution brought emotion and melancholy back into British pop. The lyrics could be the redundancy of radio DJs (The Human League's WXJL Tonight) to the solemn vastness of power stations (OMD's Sealand) and even love songs (Patrik Fitzgerald's Personal Loss).

By the mid eighties the war was won and synths dominated contemporary pop, in America as well as Britain, but the questing oddness of the UK's first pioneer wave had been lost, only to be rediscovered at the end of the decade by black musicians in New York, Detroit and Chicago. This compilation includes some of the biggest names of the period 1979-83 as well as a clutch of overlooked records and atmospheric obscurities. Like English Weather before it, The Technology Of Tears takes a fresh look at a transitional era in British pop. It features China Crisis, Simple Minds, Thomas Leer, Soft Cell, John Foxx, Chris and Cosey, Human League and more.

JEAN WALKS IN FRESH FIELDS - China Crisis

GREY SKIES - Turquoise Days

REAL TO REAL - Simple Minds

TIDAL FLOW - Illustration

AN EVENING IN THE RAY - Care

YOUTH - Soft Cell

EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN - John Foxx

PERSONAL LOSS - Patrik Fitzgerald

LIGHTS OF APRIL - Eyeless In Gaza

SEALAND - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

PRIVATE PLANE - Thomas Leer

DIRECT LINES - Electronic Circus

UNLESS - The Pale Fountains

OCTOBER (LOVE SONG) - Chris & Cosey

A MAP OF YOU - New Musik

WXJL TONIGHT - The Human League

CHRISTIANA - Paul Haig

TINY CHILDREN - The Teardrop Explodes

BEHIND THE SHADES - Oppenheimer Analysis

FEATHER BED - Trevor Bastow

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The Tears of Technology - Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present

Ace Records
Album artwork for The Tears of Technology - Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present by Various
LPx2

£26.99

Double 180 Gram Vinyl with Bonus Track – The Turquoise Swimming Pools’ The Winds.

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Released 28/02/2020Catalogue Number

XXQLP2068

Various

The Tears of Technology - Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present

Ace Records
Album artwork for The Tears of Technology - Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present by Various
LPx2

£26.99

Double 180 Gram Vinyl with Bonus Track – The Turquoise Swimming Pools’ The Winds.

Black
Released 28/02/2020Catalogue Number

XXQLP2068

Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs are back with another lovingly compiled compilation and it's an absolute joy. For years, synthesisers were equated with coldness, laboratories, a boffin's idea of music, and something that could put regular musicians out of business overnight. At the turn of the eighties, as the price of synthesisers and drum machines fell to within the reach of ordinary folk, a new wave of groups decided to prove the doubters wrong.

While punk had been about nihilism and anarchy, Britain's synth revolution brought emotion and melancholy back into British pop. The lyrics could be the redundancy of radio DJs (The Human League's WXJL Tonight) to the solemn vastness of power stations (OMD's Sealand) and even love songs (Patrik Fitzgerald's Personal Loss).

By the mid eighties the war was won and synths dominated contemporary pop, in America as well as Britain, but the questing oddness of the UK's first pioneer wave had been lost, only to be rediscovered at the end of the decade by black musicians in New York, Detroit and Chicago. This compilation includes some of the biggest names of the period 1979-83 as well as a clutch of overlooked records and atmospheric obscurities. Like English Weather before it, The Technology Of Tears takes a fresh look at a transitional era in British pop. It features China Crisis, Simple Minds, Thomas Leer, Soft Cell, John Foxx, Chris and Cosey, Human League and more.

JEAN WALKS IN FRESH FIELDS - China Crisis

GREY SKIES - Turquoise Days

REAL TO REAL - Simple Minds

TIDAL FLOW - Illustration

AN EVENING IN THE RAY - Care

YOUTH - Soft Cell

EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN - John Foxx

PERSONAL LOSS - Patrik Fitzgerald

LIGHTS OF APRIL - Eyeless In Gaza

SEALAND - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

PRIVATE PLANE - Thomas Leer

DIRECT LINES - Electronic Circus

UNLESS - The Pale Fountains

OCTOBER (LOVE SONG) - Chris & Cosey

A MAP OF YOU - New Musik

WXJL TONIGHT - The Human League

CHRISTIANA - Paul Haig

TINY CHILDREN - The Teardrop Explodes

BEHIND THE SHADES - Oppenheimer Analysis

FEATHER BED - Trevor Bastow