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Windjammer

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Tossing And Turning ('89 Remix)

A Tossing And Turning ('89 Remix)
B1 Radio Version
B2 Accapella

Debut

Cat No: DEBTX 3077
Released: 1989

£6.00

Various

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Hits 4

A1 A-Ha The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
A2 Feargal Sharkey You Little Thief
A3 Wham! I'm Your Man
A4 Bangles Manic Monday
A5 Madonna Borderline
A6 Blow Monkeys, The Digging Your Scene
A7 Belouis Some Imagination
B1 Damned, The Eloise
B2 Fine Young Cannibals Suspicious Minds
B3 Public Image Limited Rise
B4 Bronski Beat Hit That Perfect Beat
B5 Eurythmics It's Allright (Baby's Coming Back)
B6 Pet Shop Boys West End Girls
B7 Mr. Mister Kyrie (Edit)
C1 Diana Ross Chain Reaction
C2 Whitney Houston How Will I Know
C3 Alexander O'neal If You Were Here Tonight (Remix)
C4 Five Star System Addict
C5 Paul Hardcastle Don't Waste My Time
C6 Whistle (Nothing Serious) Just Buggin'
C7 Full Force Alice, I Want You Just For Me!
D1 Double The Captain Of Her Heart
D2 Latin Quarter Radio Africa
D3 Mike & The Mechanics Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)
D4 Howard Jones No One Is To Blame
D5 Dee C. Lee Come Hell Or Waters High
D6 Kate Bush Hounds Of Love
D7 Electric Light Orchestra Calling America

WEA Records Ltd.

Cat No: HITS 4
Released: 1986

£7.00

Shell And The Ocean

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Desire (One Night In Paris Mix)

A Desire (One Night In Paris-Mix) (7:20)
B1 Intro (There's A Shell In The Ocean Just Like Marylin) (2:20)
B2 Desire (4:04)
B3 You Are Mine (3:11)

EMI Electrola

Cat No: 1C 060-1 47414 6
Released: 1989

£6.50

Spandau Ballet

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

To Cut A Long Story Short

A To Cut A Long Story Short (Mix 1) (6:30)
B To Cut A Long Story Short (Version) (Mix 2) (3:56)

Reformation

Cat No: CHS 12 2473
Released: 1980

£5.00

The League Unlimited Orchestra

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Love And Dancing

A1 Hard Times
A2 Love Action (I Believe In Love)
A3 Don't You Want Me
B1 Things That Dreams Are Made Of
B2 Do Or Die
B3 Seconds
B4 Open Your Heart
B5 The Sound Of The Crowd

Virgin

Cat No: OVED 6
Released: 1982

£5.00

Alan Pillay

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Pistol In My Pocket

A1 Pistol In My Pocket (6:20)
B1 Pistol In My Pocket (Instrumental) (5:17)

Listen

Power Records

Cat No: PXD 046
Released: 1986

£10.00

Invisible Zoo

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Nighttime / Synthesizer Man

A Nighttime (7:24)
B Synthesizer Man (4:55)

Listen

Vanity Records

Cat No: 3035S
Released: 1984

£10.00

Bros

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

The Time

A1 Madly In Love
A2 Too Much
A3 Chocolate Box
A4 Money
A5 Streetwise
B1 Club Fool
B2 Black And White
B3 Don't Bite The Hand
B4 Space
B5 Sister

CBS

Cat No: 465918 1
Released: 1989

£5.00

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Rock'N Soul Part 1

A1 Say It Isn't So (4:17)
A2 Sara Smile (3:07)
A3 She's Gone (3:24)
A4 Rich Girl (2:23)
A5 Kiss On My List (3:48)
A6 You Make My Dreams (3:10)
A7 Private Eyes (3:29)
B1 Adult Education (5:22)
B2 I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (3:39)
B3 Maneater (4:34)
B4 One On One (3:53)
B5 Wait For Me (Live Version) (6:09)

RCA

Cat No: PL 84858
Released: 1983

£5.00

Wham!

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Make It Big

A1 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
A2 Everything She Wants
A3 Heartbeat
A4 Like A Baby
B1 Freedom
B2 If You Were There
B3 Credit Card Baby
B4 Careless Whisper

Epic

Cat No: EPC 86311
Released: 1984

£6.50

a-ha

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Hunting High And Low

A1 Take On Me (3:46)
A2 Train Of Thought (4:11)
A3 Hunting High And Low (3:43)
A4 The Blue Sky (2:22)
A5 Living A Boy's Adventure Tale (5:00)
B1 The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (5:06)
B2 And You Tell Me (1:51)
B3 Love Is Reason (3:04)
B4 Dream Myself Alive (3:06)
B5 Here I Stand And Face The Rain (4:30)

Warner Bros. Records

Cat No: 925 300-1
Released: 1985

£6.50

Depeche Mode

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix)

A Get The Balance Right! (Combination Mix)
B1 The Great Outdoors!
B2 Tora! Tora! Tora! (Live)

Mute

Cat No: 12 BONG 2
Released: 1983

£8.00

The Communards & Sarah Jane Morris

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Don't Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix)

A Don't Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix Part One) (11:25)
B Don't Leave Me This Way / Sanctified / Don't Leave Me This Way (Gotham City Mix Part Two) (11:30)

London Records

Cat No: LONXR 103
Released: 1986

£5.00

The Montellas

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Stop Talking (Extended)

A Stop Talking (Extended) (6:35)
B1 Gone Searching (Live) (4:37)
B2 Better The Devil (Live) (5:24)

Arista

Cat No: 609 755
Released: 1988

£4.50

Jennifer Rush

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

The Power Of Love (Extended Remix)

A The Power Of Love (Extended Remix) (7:10)
B1 Come Give Me Your Hand (3:49)
B2 I See A Shadow (Not A Fantasy) (4:20)

CBS

Cat No: TX5003
Released: 1985

£6.50

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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.