The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

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The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Mike Boom » 08 Jun 2021, 16:22

Who was the GREATEST ?

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jun 2021, 16:34

Duran Duran, nah, Ultravox... erm... Eurythmics!
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 08 Jun 2021, 16:40

The Human League!
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby C » 08 Jun 2021, 17:07

Dare is one of the greatest albums ever made to my old ears but outside of that I found them inconsistent.

Ultravox would be a contender but my vote would probably go to OMD.

Those two bands I saw live a few times each.

Full of [synth] music

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 08 Jun 2021, 17:34

Minnie the Minx wrote:The Human League!


Is the correct answer.

Both Mk1 and Mk2 were fantastic.

Yahoo or Soft Cell for the synth duo prize.
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Jumper K » 08 Jun 2021, 17:39

Surely it’s Depeche Mode? :lol:

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Mike Boom » 08 Jun 2021, 17:46

Jumper K wrote:Surely it’s Depeche Mode? :lol:


No, Depeche Mode is the most enduring of the great synth bands of the 1980s, pay attention!

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Mike Boom » 08 Jun 2021, 17:47

The correct answer is New Order surely !

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Postby Matt Wilson » 08 Jun 2021, 18:13

Mike Boom wrote:The correct answer is New Order surely !


Correct.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 08 Jun 2021, 18:26

They started in the 70s (another advantage they have over most others) but my vote goes to the ones who were playful rather than self-consciously 'futuristic'. That would be the one and only Silicon Teens, of course.

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Positive Passion » 08 Jun 2021, 18:51

I would pick OMD. I own some of their albums, but only comps from New Order and the Human League

I have seen all three live, and although HL have higher highs, OMD are more consistent. New Order come a decent third.

Joan of Arc and Talking loud and clear are among my all time fave tracks.

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 08 Jun 2021, 19:00

No Synth bands for me, thank you.
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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 08 Jun 2021, 19:33

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 08 Jun 2021, 20:03

ConnyOlivetti wrote:Twice a Man




I meant no 80's synth bands.

Those from the 70's, now that's another matter.
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jun 2021, 20:03

Soft Cell for duos
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Postby Jumper K » 08 Jun 2021, 20:28

Soft Cell are hard to argue against. But really I’d find it impossible to go beyond DAF.

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby slightbreeze » 08 Jun 2021, 21:15

The Pet Shop Boys.... brilliant tunes, brilliant lyrics. Soft Cell second. OMD? Andy's voice is appalling. Saw them Liverpool Empire mid 80's. One of the worst concerts I've ever seen.....and I've seen some bad ones

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby never/ever » 08 Jun 2021, 21:36

Yazoo would spring to my mind. Love OMD and Ultravox next.
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Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jun 2021, 21:51

I got rid of all my Simple Minds. They have got one good song.
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby never/ever » 08 Jun 2021, 21:52

GoogaMooga wrote:I got rid of all my Simple Minds. They have got one good song.


That's one more than Mantovani.
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