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Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84


Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby BigManRestless » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:49 am

Box set from Cherry Red coming in May. Although some of the tracks included are far from 'independent' - I'm familiar with about 75% of these, and very keen to hear the rest.

TRACKLIST

DISC ONE
1. WINDPOWER – Thomas Dolby
2. SCIENCE FICTION – Alan Burnham
3. WARM LEATHERETTE – The Normal
4. STAY WITH ME TONIGHT - Alex Fergusson
5. TARANTULA – Colourbox
6. FANTASY - 100% Manmade Fibre
7. BANDWAGON TANGO – Testcard F
8. ELECTRICAL LANGUAGE – Be-Bop Deluxe
9. THE WORLD - Dalek I
10. HONOUR AMONG THIEVES
- Chain Of Command
11. RED FRAME/WHITE LIGHT -
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
12. RED CASTLES - The Legendary Pink Dots
13. LIFES ILLUSION - Ice The Falling Rain
14. THE HUMAN FACTOR - Music For Pleasure
15. SHE'S AN IMAGE - Poeme Electronique
16. I’M THINKING OF YOU NOW – Box Of Toys
17. THE PLANET DOESN'T MIND – New Musik
18. HOPE DEEP INSIDE - Schleimer K
19. THE DISTANCE FROM KÖLN
– Native Europe
20. TECHNICAL MIRACLE - Voice Of Authority

DISC TWO
1. CIRCUS OF DEATH – The Human League
2. XOYO – The Passage
3. CROWDS - A Popular History Of Signs
4. OCTOBER (LOVE SONG) - Chris And Cosey
5. FEEL SO YOUNG - Laugh Clown Laugh
6. CROATIA - Basking Sharks
7. MR NOBODY – Thomas Leer
8. RICKY'S HAND – Fad Gadget
9. HYPNOTIC RHYTHM
- Local Boy Makes Good
10. DROWNING IN BERLIN – The Mobiles
11. EVEN NOW - Edward Ka-Spel
12. LYING NEXT TO YOU – Passion Polka
13. RABIES – Naked Lunch
14. DO IT – The Limit
15. WORK SONG - Robert Calvert
16. BABY WON'T PHONE – Quadrascope
17. IT HAPPENED THEN - Electronic Ensemble
18. IN THE MORNING – Jeanette
19. NIGHTLIFE - Those Attractive Magnets
20. MY COO CA CHOO – Beasts In Cages

DISC THREE
1. YOUR LOVE IS LIKE A SLUG
- The Bodhi-Beat Poets
2. VEIL LIKE CALM - Eyeless In Gaza
3. DESTITUTION - Camera Obscura
4. GOOD TIMES - Drinking Electricity
5. HAPPY FAMILIES - Zoo Boutique
6. FEELS LIKE WINTER AGAIN – Fiat Lux
7. FALLING DOWNSTAIRS – Colin Potter
8. OUR LITTLE GIRL – David Harrow
9. IT NEVER RAINS IN OUTER SPACE
- Futurhythm
10. ZENNOR – Goat
11. VIDEOMATIC – Final Program
12. TADDY UP – Pink Industry
13. YOU DON'T LOOK THE SAME – Play
14. CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
– The Fast Set
15. TRACE OF RED – Two
16. LYING HERE – Shox
17. DAYTIME ASSASSINS – The Builders
18. BEATING HEART (12" VERSION)
– Section 25
19. ABSENT FRIENDS – Joe Crow
20. JAMAICA DAY - Faction

DISC FOUR
1. GENERATOR (LASERBEAM) – Tim Blake
2. TOUCH - Lori And The Chameleons
3. THE SECRET AFFAIR – Jupiter Red
4. I'M YOUR MAN – Blue Zoo
5. EVEN ROSES HAVE THORNS
- Jesus Couldn't Drum
6. PAINT IT BLACK – Techno Pop
7. CHASE THE DRAGON - Kevin Harrison
8. OTHER PASSENGERS - Thirteen At Midnight
9. YOUR VOICE - Freeze Frame
10. STAY WITH YOU - Time In Motion
11. LIVE WIRES KILL – The Toy Shop
12. SURFACE TENSION – Analysis
13. TIME – Paul Haig
14. CONTEMPLATION – Solid Space
15. COMMITTED TO VINYL - Martin O'Cuthbert
16. LOOK DON'T TOUCH – Science
17. THE WISHING TREE (MEGATREE MIX) – Charlie’s Brother
18. WORKING MODEL – The Quarks
19. THERE'S SOMEONE FOLLOWING ME
– Eddie & Sunshine
20. HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) – Hybrid Kids
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby humanracer » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:23 am

Oh The Wishing Tree...
Methinks CR has been scouring the “help me Id this” forum.
Cool tracklist
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Passing_Stranger » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:29 pm

Really nice selection, lots of great songs from minimal synth genre, have to get my hands on this for sure!

But I'm at the same time wary of the sound mastering. For example they already featured Alan Burnham's "Music to save the world by" on several of their compilations - and it's remastered horribly, with this unpleasant distorted effect on electronics. Hope this time they'll be more careful with the sources!
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby ame01999 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:56 am

Does it overlap with Beyond the Noise Floor, the other CR early synth comp?
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Thefxc2 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:11 pm

ame01999 wrote:Does it overlap with Beyond the Noise Floor, the other CR early synth comp?


I don't see any overlapping tracks; indeed there aren't too many overlapping artists. Hopefully they'll do similar sets with European and American bands.
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby schwenko » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:07 pm

13. LIFES ILLUSION - Ice The Falling Rain !!!!!!!
Sugoi !!!
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Sean » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:47 pm

schwenko wrote:13. LIFES ILLUSION - Ice The Falling Rain !!!!!!!


This song alone is worth buying this cd set. :D
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Klink » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:54 pm

Got my old band (well, 1 person then duo) The Toy Shop onto CD 4 with 'Live Wires Kill' - yay!! 'The Maze' is coming up soon on a Cherry Red Sheffield themed compilation plus I'll be putting some Toy Shop stuff on Bandcamp in the near future.
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Passing_Stranger » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:46 pm

Klink wrote:Got my old band (well, 1 person then duo) The Toy Shop onto CD 4 with 'Live Wires Kill' - yay!!

Fantastic track! Love it so much, such energy and power in just under 2 minutes! For me it stands among the greats of the genre.

"The Maze" and quite a few other songs are very good as well. Wish you luck in all your endeavours! :D
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Klink » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:28 pm

Thanks for the kind words! I'm pretty sure I must have heard The Normal's 'TV OD/Warm Leatherette' before I put 'Live Wires' together and the single (Daniel Miller loved it) got me an audition with Depeche Mode at the end of 1981 when Vince Clarke left. Daniel paid for me to stay overnight (I was from Sheffield at that time) for a 2nd audition where I believe there was only me and that pesky Alan Wilder! I think Daniel preferred me but the boys seemed to be impressed with Alan as he could also play piano (plus he was a London boy like them).
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Passing_Stranger » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:20 am

Klink wrote:Thanks for the kind words! I'm pretty sure I must have heard The Normal's 'TV OD/Warm Leatherette' before I put 'Live Wires' together and the single (Daniel Miller loved it) got me an audition with Depeche Mode at the end of 1981 when Vince Clarke left. Daniel paid for me to stay overnight (I was from Sheffield at that time) for a 2nd audition where I believe there was only me and that pesky Alan Wilder! I think Daniel preferred me but the boys seemed to be impressed with Alan as he could also play piano (plus he was a London boy like them).

What a great story! Have to say, while I understand the historical value and influence of "Warm leatherette", I have little desire to listen to it - unlike "TV OD" and your single. So you actually had contacts with Mute - was there ever a talk of your signing to them?

Just been listening to "Synth Pop Art" comp - "The Maze" is just great, as is "Attack decade". And your cover of "I feel love" is very surprising but quite good, actually! Definitely a nice addition to the canon of early 1980s synth music :D
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Re: Electrical Language - Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Postby Klink » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:24 pm

Yep, I prefer 'TV OD' as well I must admit. No, there was no talk of signing to Mute at that time although thinking about it now I should have pursued something with a direct contact like that! Later on (1982), when Toy Shop became a duo we had interest from CBS, EMI & Chrysalis but unfortunately that didn't work out & we eventually signed with Towerbell for (I think) 2 singles & an option on an album. They picked Attack Decade as a single but we wanted the new version of The Maze, which was to be the 2nd single but it never happened (don't know the reasons why to this day). Thanks again for your comments!
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