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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