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Spandau Ballet

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Diamond

A1 Chant No 1 (4:05)
A2 Instinction (4:48)
A3 Paint Me Down (3:44)
A4 Coffee Club (5:30)
B1 She Loved Like Diamond (2:55)
B2 Pharaoh (6:35)
B3 Innocence And Science (4:15)
B4 Missionary (7:15)

Reformation

Cat No: CDL 1353
Released: 1982

£4.50

Flash & The Pan

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Waiting For A Train

A Waiting For A Train (Disco Version) (5:42)
B1 Waiting For A Train (Instrumental Version) (6:48)
B2 Waiting For A Train (Radio Version) (3:45)

Easy Beat

Cat No: EASY T1
Released: 1983

£5.00

Frazier Chorus

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Dream Kitchen EP

A1 Dream Kitchen
A2 Down
B1 40 Winks (Extended Mix)
B2 Little Chef

Virgin

Cat No: VSR 1145
Released: 1988

£4.00

Spandau Ballet

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Journeys To Glory

A1 To Cut A Long Story Short (3:20)
A2 Reformation (4:54)
A3 Mandolin (4:07)
A4 Muscle Bound (5:06)
B1 Age Of Blows (4:09)
B2 The Freeze (4:35)
B3 Confused (4:38)
B4 Toys (5:48)

Reformation

Cat No: CHR 1331
Released: 1981

£4.00

RAH Band

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Tears And Rain / Hunger For Your Jungle Love / Party Games

A Tears And Rain
B1 Hunger For Your Jungle Love
B2 Party Games

KR

Cat No: KRT 10
Released: 1982

£5.00

Rick Astley

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Take Me To Your Heart (The Dick Dastardly Mix)

A1 Take Me To Your Heart (The Dick Dastardly Mix) (6:55)
A2 I'll Be Fine (3:44)
B Rick's Hit Mix (5:48)
Ba Never Gonna Give You Up
Bb Whenever You Need Somebody
Bc Together Forever
Bd My Arms Keep Missing You
Be She Wants To Dance With Me
Bf Take Me To Your Heart

RCA

Cat No: PT 42582
Released: 1988

£5.00

Company B

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Fascinated (1988 Remix) / Spin Me Around

A Fascinated (1988 Remix) (4:45)
B Spin Me Around (4:57)

Bluebird

Cat No: BRT 48
Released: 1988

£5.00

Various

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

January 88 Mixes 2

John "Jellybean" Benitez Jelly Mix (7:00)
L Of A Mix (12:00)
B1 The Communards & Gloria Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye (7:00)
Fade To 'Gray' (11:35)

DMC

Cat No: DMC 60/2
Released: 1988

£5.00

Madonna

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Rescue Me

A Rescue Me (Titanic Mix)
B1 Rescue Me (Houseboat Mix)
B2 Rescue Me (Lifeboat Mix)

Sire

Cat No: W0024T
Released: 1991

£4.00

Thomas Dolby

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

The Golden Age Of Wireless

A1 She Blinded Me With Science
A2 Radio Silence
A3 Airwaves
A4 Flying North
A5 Weightless
B1 Europa And The Pirate Twins
B2 Windpower
B3 Commercial Breakup
B4 One Of Our Submarines
B5 Cloudburst At Shingle Street

Venice In Peril Records

Cat No: VIP 1076071

£7.50

The Human League

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Hysteria

A1 I'm Coming Back
A2 I Love You Too Much
A3 Rock Me Again And Again And Again And Again And Again And Again (Six Times)
A4 Louise
A5 The Lebanon
B1 Betrayed
B2 The Sign
B3 So Hurt
B4 Life On Your Own
B5 Don't You Know I Want You

Virgin

Cat No: V 2315
Released: 1984

£8.00

Madonna

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Rescue Me

A Rescue Me (Titanic Mix)
B1 Rescue Me (Houseboat Mix)
B2 Rescue Me (Lifeboat Mix)

Sire

Cat No: W0024T
Released: 1991

£4.00

Paul Hardcastle

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Rain Forest

A Rain Forest (4:50)
B Sound Chaser (5:50)

Bluebird

Cat No: BRT 8
Released: 1984

£4.50

Duran Duran

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Duran Duran

A1 Girls On Film
A2 Planet Earth
A3 Anyone Out There
A4 To The Shore
A5 Careless Memories
B1 Night Boat
B2 Sound Of Thunder
B3 Friends Of Mine
B4 Tel Aviv

EMI

Cat No: EMC 3372
Released: 1981

£6.50

Ph.D.

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Is It Safe?

A1 I Didn't Know (4:32)
A2 Pretty Ladies (3:24)
A3 Johnny (3:33)
A4 Shotgun Romance (3:24)
A5 Changing Partners (3:43)
B1 No Right To Be Sad (3:59)
B2 Fifth Of May (5:08)
B3 No Happy Endings (4:09)
B4 Beautiful Day (5:12)
B5 New York City (2:28)

WEA

Cat No: 25.0050-1
Released: 1983

£6.00

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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.