Genre of the Week 1: Synthpop

#GenreoftheWeek Synthpop

Over the past week on the facebook page I’ve been posting about Synthpop to kick off the first week in our new feature genre of the week. The above image contains the artists and albums of the songs I’ve been posting, and should really just be seen as a starting point for listening, by no means a definitive list. Here’s a list of all the songs I’ve posted. Any of these would be a great addition to an 80s party playlist, and are guaranteed to inspire twitchy, robotic dancing (or maybe that’s just me)

Kraftwerk – “Das Modell” (Die Mensch-Maschine, 1978)

Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Firecracker” (Yellow Magic Orchestra, 1978)


Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Rydeen” (Solid State Survivor, 1979)

Gary Numan – “Cars” (The Pleasure Principle, 1979)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “Electricity” (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, 1979)

Soft Cell – “Tainted Love” (Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, 1981)


Depeche Mode – “New Life” (Speak & Spell, 1981)

Yazoo – “Don’t Go” (Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982)

New Order – “Blue Monday” (Blue Monday/Power, Corruption & Lies, 1983)*

Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” (Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), 1983)



a-ha – “Take On Me” (Hunting High and Low, 1984)

New Order – “Bizarre Love Triangle” (Bizarre Love Triangle/Low-Life, 1986)*






*Neither of these singles were released on an LP so I’ve instead suggested albums which were released around the same time and contain equally great synthpop songs.

Be sure to also check out the youtube and spotify playlists which contain these songs as well as a few extras.

If you want to request a genre for us to focus on, leave a comment here or on the facebook page. Next week Sam will take the helm, so look forward to that! 

-Karl

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