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Old 09-20-07, 02:26 AM
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Recommend me some techno: 80's Edition

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).
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Old 09-20-07, 03:50 AM
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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)
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Old 09-20-07, 06:14 AM
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Japan (Tin Drum)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Architecture & Morality)
Ultravox (Vienna)
The Art of Noise (their 1st album)
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Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees
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.

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

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Old 09-20-07, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Hiro11

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.
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Originally Posted by Giles
Yello
808 State
The KLF
Timelords w/KLF - Doctorin' the Tardis (awesome song )
The Shamen
With the exception of Yellow, those bands all did their best work in the early ninties.
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Originally Posted by Hiro11
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
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Originally Posted by Giles
there's no 'w'

the tardis song came out in '88
I know, I was being a pedant... sorry.
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KLF's hit song 'What Time is Love?' also came out in '88 on 12 inch vinyl
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Old 09-20-07, 11:01 AM
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as did A Guy Called Gerald's 'Voodoo Ray'
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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.
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Originally Posted by Hiro11
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?
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Originally Posted by UAIOE
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
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Derrick May's group Rhythm is Rhythm (early techno) released 'Strings of Life' in 1989
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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.
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Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92

fits neatly into your time gap.
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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.
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"Beat Dis" - Bomb the Bass

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

"Silent Morning" - Noel

"Warm Leatherette" - The Normal
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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.
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Try some Junkie XL
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Old 09-24-07, 01:07 AM
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Junkie XL is not 80's.

Originally Posted by nothingfails
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...

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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.
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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.
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Originally Posted by mndtrp
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.
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Allmusic lists them as electronica, good enough for me. You can further limit them if you choose.
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