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UAIOE
09-20-07, 02:26 AM
Feeling confident I've found some post-2000 electronic acts I've decided to look back on a decade that is rather under-represented in my electronic music collection.

I am looking for some recommendations other than these groups:

Depeche Mode - I don't like them.
Pet Shop Boys - I don't like the lead singers voice
Erasure - not a big fan of this group
New Order - I have plenty of NO.

I'm looking to help bridge a gap between Kraftwerk and the group I first heard back in 1989/1990, Technotronic.

Anything from the 80's (except noted above) and possibly even some stuff from 1990 & 1991 (to help meet up with my 90's collection).

nothingfails
09-20-07, 03:50 AM
Human League (predominantly Dare and the two albums that preceded it)
Eurythmics (well, '1984' and before, they went more pop/rock as the 80's progressed)

Perkinsun Dzees
09-20-07, 06:14 AM
Japan (Tin Drum)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Architecture & Morality)
Ultravox (Vienna)
The Art of Noise (their 1st album)

Hiro11
09-20-07, 08:07 AM
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Architecture & Morality)That's what I was going to say. I would get all of their first five albums, starting with A+M, Dazzle Ships and Organisation. Great albums that still sound interesting today. It's amazing that they weren't even sold (in their original form) in the US until the late ninties...

Also, get:
Gary Numan ("The Pleasure Principle" and Tubeway Army's "Replicas")
Sparks "Number 1 in Heaven", "Angst in my Pants" and ... (Jeez, where to stop)
The Buggles' "Age of Plastic"
Scritti Politti's "Cupid '85" (not really electronica, but close)
Yaz's "Upstairs and Eric's" and "You and Me Both"
The Blue Nile's "Hats" and "A walk Across the Rooftops"
Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love" (not really electronica, but close)

Dedicated electronic music was relatively rare in the 80s, but if you consider New Order electronica, so are these bands.

Giles
09-20-07, 08:47 AM
Yello
808 State
The KLF
Timelords w/KLF - Doctorin' the Tardis (awesome song :thumbsup: )
The Shamen

Giles
09-20-07, 09:04 AM
Dedicated electronic music was relatively rare in the 80s, but if you consider New Order electronica, so are these bands.

acid house began in the mid to late eighties - groups where not the norm but songs were definately crafted for the genre.

Hiro11
09-20-07, 09:19 AM
Yello
808 State
The KLF
Timelords w/KLF - Doctorin' the Tardis (awesome song :thumbsup: )
The Shamen
With the exception of Yellow, those bands all did their best work in the early ninties.

Giles
09-20-07, 10:48 AM
With the exception of Yellow, those bands all did their best work in the early ninties.

there's no 'w'

the tardis song came out in '88

Hiro11
09-20-07, 10:51 AM
there's no 'w'

the tardis song came out in '88I know, I was being a pedant... sorry.

Giles
09-20-07, 10:56 AM
KLF's hit song 'What Time is Love?' also came out in '88 on 12 inch vinyl

Giles
09-20-07, 11:01 AM
as did A Guy Called Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray'

Giles
09-20-07, 11:07 AM
Chicago 'House' - began in the early 80's. A junior High school class trip to the city in '85, my friend and I were introduced to it at a function for our class and we loved it.

UAIOE
09-20-07, 11:45 AM
Dedicated electronic music was relatively rare in the 80s, but if you consider New Order electronica, so are these bands.

NO is pretty borderline for me. I'll not confuse NO with say, Chemical Brothers, but there are some NO songs that I can see as more electronic than others.

And i've got KLF (slipped my mind when I posted) The White Room + Justified & Ancient.

Any good 80's House recommendations?

Giles
09-20-07, 12:17 PM
NO is pretty borderline for me. I'll not confuse NO with say, Chemical Brothers, but there are some NO songs that I can see as more electronic than others.

And i've got KLF (slipped my mind when I posted) The White Room + Justified & Ancient.

Any good 80's House recommendations?

Let There Be House - Accapella
This Is Acieed - Maurice
Jack 2 The Sound Of The Underground - Hit House
Ill House You - Jungle Brothers
Party People - Todd Terry

Giles
09-20-07, 12:44 PM
Derrick May's group Rhythm is Rhythm (early techno) released 'Strings of Life' in 1989

Numanoid
09-20-07, 12:56 PM
Just looking through my mp3s here ('80s synthpop is the bulk of my collection):

Alphaville
Anne Clark
Associates
Bill Nelson (try Chimera)
Blancmange
Cabaret Voltaire
Camouflage
CCCP
Clan of Xymox (aka Xymox)
DAF
Devo
Fad Gadget
Heaven 17
that should last you a while...(but I have to mention my faves Ultravox, Visage, and YMO (aka Yellow Magic Orchestra)).

And, of course, Gary Numan. :D

DrRingDing
09-20-07, 01:29 PM
Aphex Twin - <i>Selected Ambient Works 85-92</i>

fits neatly into your time gap. :D
-ringding-

UAIOE
09-20-07, 11:25 PM
I have "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" and even William Orbit "Strange Cargoes The Best of" but i'm going for something a tad less ambient.

Ptolemy (Track 10) on that Aphex Twin collection sounds spot on just like an Orbital song. Of course I have no idea how many years that song predates what Orbital released.

All I have as far as Eurythmics is a "best of" but a I do like more of their earlier pre-pop/rock stuff. There is a song on there called "love is a stranger" which I enjoy the music on.

I'm also trying to avoid Industrial type music. I've got enough Ministry side projects and Nitzer Ebb to fill my need there.

joefrog91
09-23-07, 09:09 PM
"Beat Dis" - Bomb the Bass

"Bass (How Low Can You Go)" - Simon Harris

"Silent Morning" - Noel

"Warm Leatherette" - The Normal

nothingfails
09-23-07, 10:15 PM
I am surprised that my Eurythmics and Human League recommendations weren't even acknoledged because both of them went pop as the 80's wore on. Maybe "We Two Are One" and "Crash" aren't good 80's synth-music, but "Touch" and "Dare" sure as hell are.

Jack Straw
09-23-07, 11:30 PM
Try some Junkie XL

UAIOE
09-24-07, 01:07 AM
Junkie XL is not 80's.

I am surprised that my Eurythmics and Human League recommendations weren't even acknoledged because both of them went pop as the 80's wore on. Maybe "We Two Are One" and "Crash" aren't good 80's synth-music, but "Touch" and "Dare" sure as hell are.

Ahem...

All I have as far as Eurythmics is a "best of" but a I do like more of their earlier pre-pop/rock stuff. There is a song on there called "love is a stranger" which I enjoy the music on.

I may not have said much about Human League, but your recommendations have been noted.

mndtrp
09-24-07, 03:26 AM
Tangerine Dream has been going forever, I'm sure they have something that fits into your timeslot. Certainly not House, or even what I would consider techno, but definitely electronica.

Giles
09-24-07, 08:07 AM
Tangerine Dream has been going forever, I'm sure they have something that fits into your timeslot. Certainly not House, or even what I would consider techno, but definitely electronica.

it's called prog-new age.

mndtrp
09-25-07, 04:21 AM
Allmusic lists them as electronica, good enough for me. You can further limit them if you choose.

Giles
09-25-07, 10:11 AM
Allmusic lists them as electronica, good enough for me. You can further limit them if you choose.

true... but you really can't dance to most of their music :D

for the record allmusic also lists Vangelis as "electronica"

GuessWho
09-25-07, 10:32 AM
Nine Inch Nails - "Pretty Hate Machine"

mndtrp
09-26-07, 01:40 AM
Not all electronica has a danceable beat. The previously mentioned Selected Ambient Works from Aphex Twin, for example.

I have no idea who Vangelis is, so that connection doesn't mean much to me.

Giles
09-26-07, 08:28 AM
Not all electronica has a danceable beat. The previously mentioned Selected Ambient Works from Aphex Twin, for example.

I have no idea who Vangelis is, so that connection doesn't mean much to me.

true - but most 'techno' - yes.

GuessWho
09-26-07, 08:52 AM
I have no idea who Vangelis is
known mostly for the theme to Chariots of Fire

Giles
09-26-07, 09:16 AM
known mostly for the theme to Chariots of Fire

'Blade Runner' was another major film soundtrack he did - wow! I thought you were kidding mndtrp

his album 'Heaven and Hell' is another one of his classics which was used to beautiful effect in the 1980 tv series 'Cosmos' - it's also wound up in strangely quite a few porn soundtracks, as did his music for Chariots (don't ask)