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Bob Stanley Pete Wiggs - Present the Tears of Technology

Bob Stanley Pete Wiggs - Present the Tears of Technology

Postby negative1 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:46 pm ... echnology/

Looks like an interesting compilation, with some big names, and lesser known tracks:

Various artists collection of early ’80s synthpop
Saint Etienne‘s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs have compiled a new various artists compilation, The Tears Of Technology, that celebrates a period in the early 1980s when “scruffy synth duos from the provinces broke through and took over British pop.”

The collection blends some big names (Simple Minds, The Human League, OMD) with plenty of obscurities (Turquoise Days, Electronic Circus and Illustration) and some pioneers (John Foxx, Thomas Leer).

The 20-track collection is actually 21 tracks on the 2LP vinyl version, which includes a bonus offering: ‘The Winds’ by The Turquoise Swimming Pools.

1. Jean Walks in Fresh Fields – China Crisis
2. Grey Skies – Torquoise Days
3. Real to Real – Simple Minds
4. Tidal Flow – Illustration
5. An Evening in the Ray – Care
6. Youth – Soft Cell
7. Europe After the Rain – John Foxx
8. Personal Loss – Patrik Fitzgerald
9. Lights in April – Eyeless in Gaza
10. Sealand – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
11. Private Plane – Thomas Leer
12. Direct Lines – The Electronic Circus
13. Unless – The Pale Fountains
14. October (Love Song) – Chris & Cosey
15. A Map of You – New Musik
16. WXJL Tonight – The Human League
17. Christiana – Paul Haig
18. Tiny Children – The Teardrop Explodes
19. Behind the Shades – Oppenheimer Analysis
20. Feather Bed – Trevor Bastow
21. The Winds – The Turquoise Swimming Pools*

*Vinyl-only bonus track

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Re: Bob Stanley Pete Wiggs - Present the Tears of Technology

Postby postpunkmonk » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:18 am

Good track selection there! Not the same old A-sides we're used to having trotted out time and time again. Finely curated deep cuts. The handful of obscure acts I'm not familiar with just got a spotlight shined on them.
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Re: Bob Stanley Pete Wiggs - Present the Tears of Technology

Postby Passing_Stranger » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:02 pm

Nice compilation, but I cannot really grasp the concept about it (if there was any). And for all the talk of "synth duos" there are too many solo performers and full bands, and a bit too much "real" instruments (especially acoustic guitars, for some reason). Even from performers who had fully synthetic work. Should've been more selective and stylistically strict. Plus I'm not really satisfied with the sound of all songs (possibly it's my copy, though). And what a strange idea to offer bonus for vinyl issue only!

I'd give it 4- out of 5.
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