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Musik Music Musique 2.0 – The Rise Of Synth Pop


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Following 2020’s ‘Musik Music Musique’ set, we present the sequel, this time looking at the electronic pop scene as it evolved from curio and novelty into a major movement and began to dominate the airwaves.

Featuring a plethora of acts who would quickly become household names (many of which endure today) and exploring the wide variety of directions electronic instruments took both the mainstream and independent music in. ‘Musik Music Musique 2.0’ embraces both the pure pop aesthetic of a new generation of aspirational, defiantly polished artists and those who embraced electronic music in the aftermath of the post-punk explosion. From chart bothering, High Street nightclub anthems to self-pressed one-offs and cassette releases, this set provides an overview of the scene as it blossomed and an introduction to a wealth of fascinating, lesser known material.

Wildly eclectic, endlessly innovative and, most importantly, enduringly listenable, ‘Music Musik Musique 2.0’ continues where its predecessor left off, and sets the scene for forthcoming 1982 and 1983 editions.

Tracklist

DISC ONE:

1 HEAVEN 17 (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
2 SOFT CELL Frustration
3 DEVO Through Being Cool
4 DRAMATIS Lady DJ
5 ANEKA Japanese Boy
6 RICHARD BONE Alien Girl
7 NEW MUSIK Twelfth House
8 A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS Talking
9 VIRNA LINDT Young And Hip
10 THE PASSAGE Taboos
11 TOYAH Thunder In The Mountains
12 DURAN DURAN Khanada
13 SECOND LAYER In Bits
14 ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK Souvenir
15 THE FALLOUT CLUB Wonderlust
16 ANALYSIS Surface Tension

DISC TWO:

1 YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA Cue
2 GINA X PERFORMANCE No GDM
3 DRINKING ELECTRICITY Random Particles
4 HAZEL O’CONNOR (Cover Plus) We’re All Grown Up
5 ROD VEY Brave New Modern World
6 THOSE FRENCH GIRLS Close-Up
7 KIM WILDE Cambodia
8 THOMAS LEER West End
9 VOICE FARM Sleep
10 TEARS FOR FEARS Suffer The Children
11 JOHNNY WARMAN Will You Dance With Me
12 VISAGE Visage
13 SPANDAU BALLET Reformation
14 BEASTS IN CAGES Sandcastles
15 PETER BAUMANN Repeat, Repeat
16 JAPAN The Art Of Parties
17 FASHIØN Move Øn
18 NATASHA I Can’t Hold On

DISC THREE:

1 CHRIS AND COSEY This Is Me
2 SCHLEIMER K Nevermore
3 YELLO Bostich
4 NAKED LUNCH Slipping Again
5 AK-47 Stop! Dance!
6 ZEUS Cowboy On The Beach
7 BLUE ZOO Love Moves In Strange Ways
8 MYSTERY PLANE Something To Prove
9 JOHN FOXX You Were There
10 PORTION CONTROL Brix
11 B-MOVIE Nowhere Girl
12 ULTRAVOX I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)
13 THE LIMIT OK Go
14 EROGENOUS ZONES Say It’s Not So
15 FACTION Wrong Again
16 ALAN BURNHAM Music To Save The World By Science Fiction
17 EYELESS IN GAZA The Eyes Of Beautiful Losers