The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jun 2021, 21:53

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby never/ever » 08 Jun 2021, 22:00

He didn't write that..

Anyway maybe put up a poll?
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jun 2021, 22:01

never/ever wrote:He didn't write that..

Anyway maybe put up a poll?


Did he write anything?
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby never/ever » 08 Jun 2021, 22:02

Who cares? He was shit.
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jun 2021, 22:36

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Hightea » 08 Jun 2021, 22:44

New Order would get my vote.

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 09 Jun 2021, 05:31

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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 Positive Passion » 09 Jun 2021, 05:42

slightbreeze wrote: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


I saw them there then too -probably 86 or 87- and thought they were brilliant!

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Rorschach » 09 Jun 2021, 07:36

Pet Shop Boys by miles for me. I admit I've never made it all the way through an album but I think they're one of the great singles bands.

And they've still got it! This from 2019:

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby GoogaMooga » 09 Jun 2021, 08:14

I am changing my vote to Pet Shop Boys. Upon reflection, I think they were the best, although I only really remember the hits.
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby The Modernist » 09 Jun 2021, 08:52

I can't really think of New Order as a synth band. Human League would be my answer.

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Deebank » 09 Jun 2021, 09:29

The Modernist wrote:I can't really think of New Order as a synth band. Human League would be my answer.


They were my first thought too (NO) and then I thought not really a synth band as such (by their own various accounts they have synth / drum machine songs and 'acoustic' numbers in equal measure) . You could say the same about Duran Duran and Simple Minds (and others) too of course.

On the subject of New Order and synthesizers, I was going to start a thread on the Solina String Synthesizer, as featured on many JD and early NO songs - they (and Martin Hannett) really wrung every drop of usuage out this primitive polyphonic keyboard. It is the sound of all the JD synth-led tracks: Isolation, Atmosphere, LWTUA, Decades; as well as featuring on a bunch of early NO tunes but especially Procession. I would assume they chose it because Bowie used one extensively in his Berlin period (esp on the song Sound & Vision) but they really made it their own and hats off to Hannett for making this quite ropey sounding thing sound orchestral!


Anyway, I digress...

I downloaded a couple of Ultravox tunes the other day (The Voice and Reap The Wild Wind) Quite good. :|
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby C » 09 Jun 2021, 14:34

Positive Passion wrote:I have seen all three live, and although HL have higher highs, OMD are more consistent.


Agreed



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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Minnie the Minx » 09 Jun 2021, 15:31

Deebank wrote:
The Modernist wrote:I can't really think of New Order as a synth band. Human League would be my answer.


They were my first thought too (NO) and then I thought not really a synth band as such (by their own various accounts they have synth / drum machine songs and 'acoustic' numbers in equal measure) . You could say the same about Duran Duran and Simple Minds (and others) too of course.

On the subject of New Order and synthesizers, I was going to start a thread on the Solina String Synthesizer, as featured on many JD and early NO songs - they (and Martin Hannett) really wrung every drop of usuage out this primitive polyphonic keyboard. It is the sound of all the JD synth-led tracks: Isolation, Atmosphere, LWTUA, Decades; as well as featuring on a bunch of early NO tunes but especially Procession. I would assume they chose it because Bowie used one extensively in his Berlin period (esp on the song Sound & Vision) but they really made it their own and hats off to Hannett for making this quite ropey sounding thing sound orchestral!


Anyway, I digress...

I downloaded a couple of Ultravox tunes the other day (The Voice and Reap The Wild Wind) Quite good. :|



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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Deebank » 09 Jun 2021, 16:59

Minnie the Minx wrote:
Deebank wrote:
The Modernist wrote:I can't really think of New Order as a synth band. Human League would be my answer.


They were my first thought too (NO) and then I thought not really a synth band as such (by their own various accounts they have synth / drum machine songs and 'acoustic' numbers in equal measure) . You could say the same about Duran Duran and Simple Minds (and others) too of course.

On the subject of New Order and synthesizers, I was going to start a thread on the Solina String Synthesizer, as featured on many JD and early NO songs - they (and Martin Hannett) really wrung every drop of usuage out this primitive polyphonic keyboard. It is the sound of all the JD synth-led tracks: Isolation, Atmosphere, LWTUA, Decades; as well as featuring on a bunch of early NO tunes but especially Procession. I would assume they chose it because Bowie used one extensively in his Berlin period (esp on the song Sound & Vision) but they really made it their own and hats off to Hannett for making this quite ropey sounding thing sound orchestral!


Anyway, I digress...

I downloaded a couple of Ultravox tunes the other day (The Voice and Reap The Wild Wind) Quite good. :|



WRONG ULTRAVOX




Proceed.


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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Minnie the Minx » 09 Jun 2021, 17:01

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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Belle Lettre » 10 Jun 2021, 15:15

I was going to offer up Yello, but see they formed in 1979.
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Re: The Great Synth Bands of the 1980s

Postby Neige » 10 Jun 2021, 17:04

I don't like any band as much as Rupert Hine's trio of albums on A&M (1981-1983)
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