Originally posted by mllefoo
Duran Duran is synthpop? Synthpop?? Methinks not. Maybe one or two of their songs have a bit of a synthy sound (The Chauffer springs to mind), but mostly they are a run of the mill 80s teeny bopper band. I like them, but never considered them synthpop.
Oh, I beg to differ! Their early material is certainly synthpop. Come on, tracks like "Planet Earth", "Hungry Like The Wolf", "Rio"... even "The Reflex" fit under the umbrella of synthpop. Sure, not all of their material fits nice and cleanly in the genre - but then I wouldn't consider Songs Of Faith And Devotion
to be in the genre.
Some bands can't really be pinned down to one specific genre, but I feel in the case of Duran Duran
you'd be crazy to not consider them largely synthpop (at least the 80s incarnation of the band). While they did use other instruments, they are at least a hybrid brand between glam rock and synthpop.
Suffice it to say, I'm sure if you did a few searches on the net for synthpop and DD
you'd find more than a few links.
I'm not crazy damnit! hehe...
But I lurrrve Red Flag.
I'd love to see some other bands in that lineup such as
Seven Red Seven
De/Vision (sort of Depeche Mode Lite)
and maybe even Gary Numan since he's been touring lately anyway.
I'm not a fan of Red Flag
, but the others you listed are pretty decent - especiall De/vision
who I do not
consider Depeche Lite
. Perhaps with earlier albums, but recently the band has taken a more edgy turn with their last two releases, while DM
has taken a more mellow approach. And let us not forget that Depeche
weren't exactly the anti-thesis of lite when they first started. It really wasn't until Some Great Reward
that we started to see hints of darkness...
I'm not saying the bands I listed necessarily sound like Underworld
, et al. but there are elements within the music that are very familiar in many cases.
I suggest checking out these bands (with some song recommendations):
("Eclipse", "Kathy's Song", "Mourn")
("Purgatory", "Disappint", "I Am The Rain")
("Blue Moon", "Remember", "Try To Forget")
("Need To Be Proud", "Skulk", "Listen To The Stars")
("Exorcise", "Dunnocks", "Hooked")
("Kuenstliche Welten", "Once In A Lifetime", "The Sparrows And The Nightengales")
("Airships", "Solitary, "Dark Angel")
tjr2mental: Apoptygma Berzerk
just released a new album, Harmonizer
. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but the first single, "Until The End Of The World" is pretty sweet.
is pretty decent. The first two albums in particular. "Stateless", "Epitaph", "The Lost", "Let Your Body Die" and "Human" are stellar tracks. I'm not a huge fan of their last album though. But anything with Jean Luc Demeyer (Front 242
rocks!) at lead vocals will automatically grab my attention!