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Depeche Mode

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Blasphemous Rumours

A Blasphemous Rumours (6:21)
B1 Somebody (4:23)
B2 Two Minute Warning (4:33)
B3 Ice Machine (3:48)
B4 Everything Counts (5:44)

Mute

Cat No: 12 BONG 7
Released: 1984

£8.50

Go West

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

We Close Our Eyes (Total Overhang Mix)

A We Close Our Eyes (Total Overhang Mix) (6:42)
B1 We Close Our Eyes (3:48)
B2 Missing Persons (5:25)

Chrysalis

Cat No: CHS 12 2850
Released: 1985

£5.50

John 'Jellybean' Benitez

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Sidewalk Talk

A Sidewalk Talk (Dance Mix) (6:04)
B Was Dog A Doughnut (7:59)

EMI America

Cat No: 12 EA 210
Released: 1985

£5.50

a-ha

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Take On Me (Extended Version)

A Take On Me (Extended Version) (0:00)
B1 Love Is Reason (0:00)
B2 Take On Me (0:00)

Warner Bros. Records

Cat No: W9006T
Released: 1985

£12.00

ABBA

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Super Trouper

A1 Super Trouper (4:13)
A2 The Winner Takes It All (4:55)
A3 On And On And On (3:41)
A4 Andante, Andante (4:38)
A5 Me And I (3:56)
B1 Happy New Year (4:37)
B2 Our Last Summer (4:58)
B3 The Piper (4:40)
B4 Lay All Your Love On Me (4:33)
B5 The Way Old Friends Do (2:53)

Epic

Cat No: EPC 10022
Released: 1980

£5.50

New Order

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

World In Motion...

A World In Motion... (4:28)
B The B-Side. (4:48)

Factory

Cat No: Fac 293
Released: 1990

£5.50

a-ha

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Take On Me (Extended Version)

A Take On Me (Extended Version)
B1 Love Is Reason
B2 Take On Me

Warner Bros. Records

Cat No: W9006T
Released: 1985

£8.00

Five Star

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Silk & Steel

A1 Can't Wait Another Minute (4:40)
A2 Find The Time (4:29)
A3 Rain Or Shine (3:58)
A4 If I Say Yes (4:04)
A5 Please Don't Say Goodnight (4:41)
B1 Stay Out Of My Life (3:59)
B2 Show Me What You've Got For Me (3:56)
B3 Are You Man Enough? (4:37)
B4 The Slightest Touch (4:28)
B5 Don't You Know I Love It (3:56)

Tent

Cat No: PL 71100
Released: 1986

£5.50

John 'Jellybean' Benitez

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Just Visiting This Planet

A1 Little Too Good To Me
A2 Who Found Who
A3 Just A Mirage
A4 Am I Dreaming
B1 The Real Thing
B2 Walking In My Sleep
B3 Hypnotized (By Your Touch)
B4 Jingo

Chrysalis

Cat No: CHR 1569
Released: 1987

£7.00

Berlin

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From 'Top Gun')

A Berlin Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From "Top Gun") (4:13)
B1 The Righteous Brothers You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
B2 Giorgio Moroder Radar Radio (3:40)

CBS

Cat No: TA 7320
Released: 1986

£5.50

The Human League

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Crash

A1 Money (3:54)
A2 Swang (4:37)
A3 Human (4:24)
A4 Jam (4:19)
A5 Are You Ever Coming Back? (4:52)
B1 I Need Your Loving (3:43)
B2 Party (4:29)
B3 Love On The Run (3:54)
B4 The Real Thing (4:19)
B5 Love Is All That Matters (6:07)

Virgin

Cat No: V2391
Released: 1986

£8.00

Human League, The

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Crash

A1 Money (3:54)
A2 Swang (4:37)
A3 Human (4:24)
A4 Jam (4:19)
A5 Are You Ever Coming Back? (4:52)
B1 I Need Your Loving (3:43)
B2 Party (4:29)
B3 Love On The Run (3:54)
B4 The Real Thing (4:19)
B5 Love Is All That Matters (6:07)

Virgin

Cat No: V2391
Released: 1986

£8.00

Madonna

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Like A Virgin (U.S. Dance Remix) / Stay

A Like A Virgin (U.S. Dance Remix)
B Stay

Sire

Cat No: W9210T
Released: 1984

£7.00

Duran Duran

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Arena

A1 Is There Something I Should Know? (4:37)
A2 Hungry Like The Wolf (3:57)
A3 New Religion (5:37)
A4 Save A Prayer (6:09)
A5 The Wild Boys (4:15)
B1 The Seventh Stranger (5:10)
B2 The Chauffeur (5:24)
B3 Union Of The Snake (4:09)
B4 Planet Earth (4:30)
B5 Careless Memories (4:06)

Parlophone

Cat No: DD2
Released: 1984

£6.50

Wham!

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Fantastic

A1 Bad Boys
A2 A Ray Of Sunshine
A3 Love Machine
A4 Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)
B1 Club Tropicana
B2 Nothing Looks The Same In The Light
B3 Come On!
B4 Young Guns (Go For It!)

Inner Vision

Cat No: IVL 25328
Released: 1983

£10.00

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Information on the Synth Pop genre

Synthpop is a genre of pop music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. It originated as part of the New Wave movement of the late 1970s and to mid-1980s, and it has continued to exist and develop ever since. It has seen a rise in popularity in the 21st century.

First wave: 1977-1990
Depeche Mode, one of the most successful synthpop bands of all time.

Giorgio Moroder paired up with Donna Summer in 1977 to release the electronic disco song I Feel Love. While a disco song first and foremost, the programmed, arpeggiated beats had a profound impact on the bands which would soon be known as synthpop. That same year, Ultravox member Warren Cann purchased a Roland TR-77 drum machine, which was first featured in their October 1977 single release Hiroshima Mon Amour.

In 1978, the first incarnation of the Human League of Sheffield, England released their debut single "Being Boiled". In the United States, Devo, who had been using synthesizers since their beginnings in 1975, moved towards a more electronic sound.

In the UK, the original synthesizer bands had a sound that was generally dark, moody and robotic and were more founded in an avant-garde, art rock aesthetic. In 1979, Tubeway Army, a little known outfit from West London, who dropped their initial punk rock image and topped the UK charts in the summer of 1979 with the single "Are Friends Electric?" and their album Replicas. This prompted the singer/songwriter, Gary Numan to go solo and in the same year he released the Kraftwerk inspired album, The Pleasure Principle which was another number one album, and he topped the singles charts for the second time with "Cars".

This Zeitgeist of revolution in electronic music performance and recording/production was encapsulated by then would be record producer, Trevor Horn of The Buggles in the international hit "Video Killed the Radio Star".

Giorgio Moroder collaborated with the band Sparks on their album, No. 1 In Heaven. Others were soon to follow, including Frank Tovey, who performed under the name Fad Gadget. Tovey who was signed to Daniel Miller's Mute Records and made use of "found objects" in his recordings such as bottles and razors. Daniel Miller himself had a role in the emerging futurist movement as a performer under the name The Normal which released a one-off single Warm Leatherette. Although the single did not chart, it became a cult favorite and has been covered by many artists since its release, including Grace Jones, Duran Duran and Nine Inch Nails.

The sounds of synthesizers came to dominate the pop music of the early 1980s as well as replacing disco in dance clubs in Europe. Other successful synthpop artists of this era included Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Heaven 17, Japan, Eurythmics, and Tears For Fears (though the latter two would branch out into a wider rock/pop sound). Real Life, Camouflage, Real Life, Modern Talking, Bananarama and others are bands of Synthpop style.

In early synthpop the synthesizer stood out and the music sounded eerie, sterile and slightly menacing. By the mid 1980's the technology had improved to the point that synthpop acts used the instrument to create a sound that resembled many instruments and allowed mainstream rock and pop acts to incorporate the synthesizer into their sound. At this point the synthesizer did not stand out and the differences between synthpop and mainstream music started to decrease. According to music writer Simon Reynolds the hallmark of original synthpop was its "emotional, at times operatic singers" such as Mark Almond, Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox.

In the United States, where synthpop is considered a sub genre of New Wave, the genre became popular in large part due to the cable music channel MTV. Real Life, Camuoflage, Real Life, Modern Talking, Bananarama and others are bands of Synthpop style.

Second wave, 2004 to present
Lights, Canadian synthpop singer who became popular in the late 2000s.
La Roux, British synthpop duo who achieved critical acclaim with their eponymous debut album in 2009.

Synthpop has also begun to re-emerge as some indie artists have incorporated the sound, slowly increasing the popularity of the genre. Some of the bands during the early-to-mid 2000s that helped the development of the genre have included Goldfrapp, The Postal Service, the Junior Boys, The Knife, and particularly The Killers, whose 2004 debut album Hot Fuss achieved widespread popularity and was considered an authentic throwback to 80s synthpop by many. However, their later works have moved away from the genre. LCD Soundsystem is another key artist in synthpop's development during the 21st century. MGMT's debut album Oracular Spectacular, originally released digitally in late 2007, achieved unprecedented success with their lead single "Kids" and has led the way for chart success for other synthpop and indie electronic acts such as Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Lights, Metric, Owl City (number 1 US single), Phoenix, Passion Pit, La Roux, and even the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who switched to an almost entirely electronic sound for their 2009 album It's Blitz! after being part of the garage rock revival movement earlier in the decade.

Out of all of the original 80s synthpop bands, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, and particularly Depeche Mode, although nowhere near the peak of their popularity during the '80s and early '90s, are among the only ones that continue to achieve international success.