The Results Of The Twitter Hive Mind Synthpop Album Vote

Question: What is synthpop? I ask because consensus is something flighty and elusive, one listener’s synthpop being somebody else’s pop music with synths. I didn’t exclude any of the eighty-six albums voted for (and my gratitude is eternal, my hair of the A Flock Of Seagulls variety), because these things have a habit of self-regulation; … Continue reading The Results Of The Twitter Hive Mind Synthpop Album Vote

From Peepshow To TV Show: The Most Significant Albums Of 1981

If 1980 was a rich harvest, 1981 was the year the rains failed. Plague and pestilence writ large across the landscape, hand-tilled fields salted in the dead of night. And whilst I’m letting my apocalyptic medieval metaphor run away with itself, it’s certainly true that in terms of significant albums, you have to dig that … Continue reading From Peepshow To TV Show: The Most Significant Albums Of 1981

From Moscow To Pared-Back, Retro-Futurism: The Most Significant Albums Of 1980

1980, and I wasn’t buying records. Sure, there would be the occasional, possibly vociferous, predominately unsuccessful cooing and cajoling noises thrown in parental directions, as if they genuinely knew their way around a record store (one day I’ll forgive them for not furnishing me with that ‘Wuthering Heights’ 7”, whose importance at the time was … Continue reading From Moscow To Pared-Back, Retro-Futurism: The Most Significant Albums Of 1980

“There are no guitars or drums played on this record”

It was two astonishing albums in when the band fractured. Musical differences, profound differences, and during the dark evenings of late 1980, they split; vanishing into the pit of popular culture, never to be heard of again. And if you don’t know the story you might think I’m being wilfully perverse – and perhaps you’d … Continue reading “There are no guitars or drums played on this record”