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Well Red

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Motion

A1 Yes We Can
A2 Love Gone Crazy
A3 Come Back
A4 System
B1 Get Lucky
B2 Mixed Up
B3 Turn Me On
B4 Honey (12" Mix)

Virgin

Cat No: V 2418
Released: 1987

£4.50

Kiss The Sky

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Voodoo Chile

A Mix 1
B1 Mix 2
B2 Mix 3

Fast Forward Records

Cat No: PAULX 90

£4.50

Alison Moyet

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Love Resurrection (Long Version)

A Love Resurrection (Long Version) (5:33)
B Baby I Do (3:08)

CBS

Cat No: TA 4497
Released: 1984

£6.00

Alison Moyet

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Invisible (Extended Version)

A Invisible (Extended Version)
B Hitch Hike

CBS

Cat No: TA 4930
Released: 1984

£6.00

Nick Heyward

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Take That Situation

A1 Take That Situation (Rhythm Mix)
A2 Take That Situation (Instrumental)
B Cafe Canada

Arista

Cat No: HEY 122
Released: 1983

£6.00

Michael McDonald

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Sweet Freedom

A Sweet Freedom (TRS Mix)
B1 Sweet Freedom (Silas Mix)
B2 The Freedom Eights

MCA Records Ltd.

Cat No: MCAT 1073
Released: 1986

£6.00

C.C. Catch

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Heartbreak Hotel (Room 69 - Mix)

A Heartbreak Hotel (»Room 69-Mix«) (4:55)
B1 You Shot A Hole In My Soul (Long Version) (5:16)
B2 Heartbreak Hotel (Instrumental) (3:35)

Hansa

Cat No: 608 405
Released: 1986

£6.00

Depeche Mode

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Speak & Spell New 180g vinyl

A1 New Life
A2 I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
A3 Puppets
A4 Boys Say Go!
A5 Nodisco
A6 What's Your Name?
B1 Photographic
B2 Tora! Tora! Tora!
B3 Big Muff
B4 Any Second Now (Voices)
B5 Just Can't Get Enough
B6 Dreaming Of Me

Rhino Records

Cat No: 1-234236
Released: 2007

£19.95

Level 42

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: Synth Pop

A Physical Presence

A1 Almost There
A2 Turn It On
A3 Mr. Pink
A4 Eyes Waterfalling
B1 Kansas City Milkman
B2 Follow Me
B3 Foundation And Empire
C1 The Chant Has Begun
C2 The Chinese Way
C3 The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)
C4 Hot Water
D1 Love Games
D2 88

Polydor

Cat No: POLH 23
Released: 1985

£7.00

The Lift

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Don't U Treat Me Like A Lover

A Don't U Treat Me Like A Lover (6:40)
B1 Ain't It Strange (Rub A Dub Mix) (6:33)
B2 Theme From The Love Game (5:18)

Magnet

Cat No: MAGT 313
Released: 1987

£4.50

Heaven 17

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

The Luxury Gap

A1 Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry (5:51)
A2 Who'll Stop The Rain (3:02)
A3 Let Me Go (4:21)
A4 Key To The World (3:43)
B1 Temptation (3:31)
B2 Come Live With Me (4:02)
B3 Lady Ice And Mr Hex (3:47)
B4 We Live So Fast (3:47)
B5 The Best Kept Secret (5:10)

Virgin

Cat No: V 2253
Released: 1983

£7.00

Erasure

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Who Needs Love Like That

A1 Who Needs Love Like That (Legend Mix) (5:45)
B1 Push Me Shove Me (Extended As Far As Possible Mix) (4:04)
B2 Who Needs Love Like That (Instrumental Work-Out Mix) (3:15)

Mute

Cat No: INT 126.833
Released: 1985

£30.00

Various

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Electric Dreams

A1 P.P. Arnold Electric Dreams (6:50)
A2 Jeff Lynne Video (4:53)
A3 Culture Club The Dream (3:16)
A4 Giorgio Moroder The Duel (5:40)
A5 Helen Terry Now You're Mine (5:20)
B1 Culture Club Love Is Love (5:35)
B2 Heaven 17 Chase Runner (4:53)
B3 Jeff Lynne Let It Run (5:37)
B4 Giorgio Moroder Madeline's Theme (2:48)
B5 Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey Together In Electric Dreams (5:18)

Virgin

Cat No: V 2318
Released: 1984

£10.00

Red Box

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Heart Of The Sun

A Heart Of The Sun (Slash & Burn)
B1 Enjoy (Solid Gold Easy Amex)
B2 Lean On Me (Ah-li-ayo) (Vera's Husband's Mix)

WEA

Cat No: YZ100T
Released: 1987

£7.50

Jimmy Somerville

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Adieu!

A Adieu (7:25)

Barclay

Cat No: JSDJX1
Released: 1989

£4.50

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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.