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Hazell Dean

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man)

A Searchin' (I Gotta Find A Man)
AA Searchin' (US Mega-Mix)

Listen

Proto Records

Cat No: ENA(T) 109
Released: 1983

£6.00

Boy Krazy

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

All You Have To Do

A All You Have To Do
B1 Good Times With Bad Boys (3:08)
B2 All You Have To Do (Instrumental) (3:15)

Polydor (UK)

Cat No: PZ 191

£6.00

Wham!

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

A Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (3:51)
B1 A Ray Of Sunshine (Specially Recorded For 'The Tube') (4:58)
B2 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Instrumental (4:03)

Epic

Cat No: TA 4440
Released: 1984

£5.50

Various

Format: Vinyl Compilation
Genre: Synth Pop

Machines

A1 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Messages (3:59)
A2 Silicon Teens Memphis Tennessee (2:23)
A3 Tubeway Army Down In The Park (4:18)
A4 The Human League Being Boiled (4:20)
A5 Thomas Leer Private Plane (3:58)
A6 Dalek I Dalek I Love You (Destiny) (3:27)
B1 John Foxx Underpass (3:21)
B2 Henry Badowski Making Love With My Wife (3:05)
B3 Fad Gadget Ricky's Hand (4:05)
B4 Public Image Limited Pied Piper (1:50)
B5 Karel Fialka The Eyes Have It (3:19)
B6 Gary Numan Aircrash Bureau (2:22)
B7 XTC The Somnambulist (4:34)

Virgin

Cat No: V 2177
Released: 1980

£8.00

Thomas Dolby

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Hyper-active! (Heavy Breather Subversion)

A Hyperactive! (12" Version) (5:08)
B1 Hyperactive! (7" Version) (4:14)
B2 White City (5:24)

Parlophone Odeon

Cat No: 12R 6065
Released: 1984

£4.50

Devo

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Whip It

A Whip It (2:38)
B1 Snowball (2:29)
B2 Gates Of Steel (3:27)

Virgin

Cat No: VS 383-12
Released: 1980

£5.50

Spandau Ballet

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: Synth Pop

The Singles Collection

The Singles Collection
A1 Gold (3:50)
A2 Lifeline (3:20)
A3 Round And Round (4:34)
A4 Only When You Leave (4:48)
A5 Instinction (3:36)
A6 Highly Strung (4:10)
A7 True (5:40)
B1 Communication (3:24)
B2 I'll Fly For You (5:08)
B3 To Cut A Long Story Short (3:20)
B4 Chant No.1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) (3:58)
B5 She Loved Like Diamond (2:55)
B6 Paint Me Down (3:41)
B7 The Freeze (3:30)
B8 Musclebound (3:58)
The 12" Collection
C1 To Cut A Long Story Short (6:30)
C2 Chant No.1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) (Re Mix) (8:03)
C3 Glow (8:10)
D1 Communication (Club Mix) (4:28)
D2 Gold (Extended Version) (7:12)
D3 Highly Restrung (5:27)

Chrysalis

Cat No: SBTVD 1
Released: 1985

£8.00

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

H2O

A1 Maneater (4:34)
A2 Crime Pays (4:32)
A3 Art Of Heartbreak (3:43)
A4 One On One (4:28)
A5 Open All Night (4:34)
B1 Family Man (3:26)
B2 Italian Girls (3:18)
B3 Guessing Games (3:15)
B4 Delayed Reaction (4:00)
B5 At Tension (6:16)
B6 Go Solo (4:34)

RCA

Cat No: PL84383
Released: 1982

£6.50

DNA & Suzanne Vega

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Tom's Diner

A Tom's Diner (5:20)
B1 Tom's Diner (Reprise) (2:39)
B2 Tom's Diner (A Cappella) (2:08)

A&M Records

Cat No: AMY 592
Released: 1990

£5.50

Harold Faltermeyer

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Axel F (The M & M Mix)

A Axel F (The M & M Mix) (7:00)
B1 Axel F (Extended Version) (7:09)
B2 Shoot Out (2:45)

MCA Records

Cat No: MCAX 949
Released: 1984

£5.50

The Human League

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Dare!

A1 The Things Dreams Are Made Of (4:11)
A2 Open Your Heart (3:54)
A3 The Sound Of The Crowd (4:01)
A4 Darkness (3:57)
A5 Do Or Die (5:23)
B1 Get Carter (1:00)
B2 I Am The Law (4:10)
B3 Seconds (4:57)
B4 Love Action (I Believe In Love) (4:58)
B5 Don't You Want Me (3:57)

Virgin

Cat No: 204 104
Released: 1981

£5.50

Eurythmics

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

A1 Love Is A Stranger (3:44)
A2 I've Got An Angel (2:45)
A3 Wrap It Up (3:33)
A4 I Could Give You (A Mirror) (3:51)
A5 The Walk (4:40)
B1 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (3:36)
B2 Jennifer (5:06)
B3 This Is The House (4:56)
B4 Somebody Told Me (3:29)
B5 This City Never Sleeps (6:20)

RCA Victor

Cat No: PL 25447
Released: 1983

£6.50

Radio Heart & Gary Numan

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Radio Heart

A Radio Heart Radio Heart (Vocal Extended Mix) (6:00)
B1 Radio Heart Radio Heart (Vocal) (3:50)
B2 Gary Numan Mistasax Version #2 (3:01)

Critique

Cat No: DMD 1068
Released: 1987

£5.50

New Order

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Thieves Like Us

A Thieves Like Us (6:36)
B Lonesome Tonight (5:11)

Factory

Cat No: FAC 103
Released: 1984

£5.50

Culture Club

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

A1 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
A2 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Dub Version)
B Love Is Cold (You Were Never No Good)

Virgin

Cat No: VS 518-12
Released: 1982

£5.50

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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.