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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


Cat No: OVED 6
Released: 1982



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


Cat No: EPC 86311
Released: 1984


Pet Shop Boys

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop


A1 Left To My Own Devices (8:16)
A2 I Want A Dog (6:15)
A3 Domino Dancing (7:40)
B1 I'm Not Scared (7:23)
B2 Always On My Mind / In My House (9:05)
B3 It's Alright (9:24)


Cat No: PCS 7325
Released: 1988


Nik Kershaw

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

The Riddle

A The Riddle (Extended Riddle) (5:08)
B Progress (Live) (3:02)

MCA Records

Cat No: NIKT 6
Released: 1984


Outbar Squeek

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Disco Eddie (Aligator Mix)

A Disco Eddie (Aligator Mix)
B1 Disco Eddie (7'')
B2 Where The People Meet


Cat No: 12EMI 5479
Released: 1984


Phil Fearon

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

I Can Prove It

A I Can Prove It (Full Version) (6:37)
B Il Gurnata (5:21)


Cat No: PFX 1
Released: 1986



Format: Vinyl Double 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Singin' In The Rain

A Singin' In The Rain (4:42)
B After Eight (3:29)
C Puttin' On The Ritz / Broadway Rhythm (6:04)
D Livin' In My Dream World (3:07)


Cat No: RCAT 327
Released: 1982


Rick Astley

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Together Forever

A Together Forever (Lovers Leap Extended Remix)
B I'll Never Set You Free


Cat No: PT 41818
Released: 1988



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Never Gonna Stop

A Never Gonna Stop (6:30)
B1 Never Gonna Stop (Instrumental Remix) (3:30)
B2 Never Gonna Stop (Special 7" Remix) (3:00)

Tivoli Records

Cat No: TIVT 2
Released: 1983


Free Enterprise & Gomez Presley

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Make It On My Own / The Letter

A Free Enterprise Make It On My Own
AA Gomez Presley The Letter

Black Sun

Cat No: BS-12
Released: 1981


Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop


A Circle (LP Version) (3:11)
B1 Now (LP Version) (6:00)
B2 Plain Jane (Previously Unreleased) (3:31)

Geffen Records

Cat No: 921 207-0
Released: 1989


New Order

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

State Of The Nation / Shame Of The Nation

A State Of The Nation (6:31)
AA Shame Of The Nation (7:54)


Cat No: FAC 153
Released: 1986


Howard Jones

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

All I Want (Extd Version)

A All I Want (Extended Version) (6:23)
B1 Roll Right Up (4:47)
B2 Don't Want To Fight Anymore (4:34)


Cat No: how10t
Released: 1986


Roman Holliday

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Stand By

A1 Stand By (2:44)
A2 Round And Round (2:17)
B1 One More Jilt (Live)
B2 Stand By (Live)


Cat No: JIVE T 31
Released: 1983



Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Strangers This Time

A Strangers This Time (Extended Mix) (6:30)
B1 Here Comes The Dark (3:20)
B2 Strangers This Time (3:57)

Impression Records

Cat No: IMST 7
Released: 1984


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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.