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    Synthpop: The NEW ROMANTICS - The Survivor 2021

    trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
    trebor's - 2015 in Country Music

  • #2
    The New Romantic movement was a pop culture movement that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. The movement emerged from the nightclub scene in London and Birmingham at venues such as Billy's and The Blitz. The New Romantic movement was characterised by flamboyant, eccentric fashion inspired by fashion boutiques such as Kahn and Bell in Birmingham and PX in London. Early adherents of the movement were often referred to by the press by such names as Blitz Kids, New Dandies and Romantic Rebels.

    Influenced by David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Roxy Music, the New Romantics developed fashions inspired by the glam rock era coupled with the early Romantic period of the late 18th and early 19th century (from which the movement took its name). The term "New Romantic" is known to have been coined by musician, producer, manager and innovator Richard James Burgess. He stated that "'New Romantic' [...] fit the Blitz scene and Spandau Ballet, although most of the groups tried to distance themselves from it."

    Though it was a fashion movement, several British music acts in the late 1970s and early 1980s adopted the style and became known to epitomise it within the press, including Steve Strange of Visage, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Classix Nouveaux and Boy George (of Culture Club). Ultravox were also often identified as New Romantics by the press, although they did not exhibit the same visual styles of the movement, despite their link to the band Visage.[a] Japan and Adam and the Ants were also labelled as New Romantic artists by the press, although both repudiated this and neither had any direct connection to the original scene. A number of these bands adopted synthesizers and helped to develop synth-pop in the early 1980s, which, combined with the distinctive New Romantic visuals, helped them first to national success in the UK, and then, via MTV, play a major part in the Second British Invasion of the U.S. charts.

    trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
    trebor's - 2015 in Country Music


    • #3
      FINAL song list

      A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
      A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
      A Flock Of Seaguss - The More You Live The More You Love
      ABC - All Of My Heart
      ABC - Poison Arrow
      ABC - S.O.S.
      ABC - That Was Then But This Is Now
      ABC - The Look Of Love
      Adam And The Ants - Ant Rap
      Adam And The Ants - Antmusic
      Adam And The Ants - Dog Eat Dog
      Adam And The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier
      Adam And The Ants - Prince Charming
      Adam And The Ants - Stand And Deliver
      Adam And The Ants - Young Parisians
      Adam Ant - Friend Or Foe
      Adam Ant - Goody Two-Shoes
      Adam Ant - Puss 'n Boots
      Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love
      Altered Images - Happy Birthday
      Altered Images - I Could Be Happy
      Altered images - See Those Eyes
      Armoury Show - Castles In Spain
      Associates - Club Country
      Associates - Party Fears Two
      Blancmange - Blind Vision
      Blancmange - Don't Tell Me
      Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling
      Blancmange - Waves
      Bow Wow Wow - Do You Wanna Hold Me
      Bow Wow Wow - Go Wild In The Country
      Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
      The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
      China Crisis - Wishful Thinking
      Classix Nouveaux - Guilty
      Classix Nouveaux - Is It A Dream
      Culture Club - Church Of The Poison Mind
      Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
      Culture Club - I'll Tumble 4 Ya
      Culture Club - It's A Miracle
      Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
      Culture Club - Miss Me Blind
      Culture Club - The War Song
      Culture Club - Time (Clock Of The Heart)
      Culture Club - Victims
      David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
      David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (With Giorgio Moroder)
      David Bowie - Fashion
      David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
      David Bowie - Under Pressure (With Queen)
      Dead Or Alive - That's The Way (I Like It)
      Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
      Depeche Mode - Dreaming Of Me
      Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
      Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right
      Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
      Depeche Mode - Leave In Silence
      Depeche Mode - Love, In Itself
      Depeche Mode - New Life
      Depeche mode - People Are People
      Depeche Mode - See You
      Depeche Mode - The Meaning Of Love
      Drum Theatre - Eldorado
      Duran Duran - A View To A Kill
      Duran Duran - Careless Memories
      Duran Duran - Girls on Film
      Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
      Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know?
      Duran Duran - New Moon On Monday
      Duran Duran - Planet Earth
      Duran Duran - Rio
      Duran Duran - Save A Prayer
      Duran Duran - The Reflex
      Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
      Duran Duran - Union Of The Snake
      Euryhtmics - Who's That Girl?
      Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
      Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
      Eurythmics - Never Gonna Cry Again
      Eurythmics - Right By Your Side
      Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
      Eurythmics - The Walk
      Fashion - Street Player (Mechanik)
      Gary Numan - Cars
      Gary Numan - Complex
      Gary Numan - I Die: You Die
      Gary Numan - She's Got Claws
      Gary Numan - We Are Glass
      Gary Numan - We Take Mystery (To Bed)
      Haircut 100 - Fantastic Day
      Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
      Haircut 100 - Love Plus One
      Haircut 100 - Nobody's Fool
      Haysi Fantayzee - John Wayne Is Big Leggy
      Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny'
      Hazel O'Connor - D-Days
      Hazel O'Connor - Eighth Day
      Hazel O'Connor - Will You
      Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
      Heaven 17 - Come Live With Me
      Heaven 17 - Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
      Heaven 17 - Let Me Go
      Heaven 17 - Temptation
      Howard Jones - New Song
      Howard Jones - What Is Love
      The Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination
      The Human League - Being Boiled
      The Human League - Don't You Want Me
      The Human League - Human
      The Human League - Life On Your Own
      The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love)
      The Human League - Mirror Man
      The Human League - Open Your Heart
      The Human League - The Lebanon
      The Human League - The Sound Of The Crowd
      Japan - Ghosts
      Japan - I Second That Emotion
      Japan - Life In Tokyo
      Japan - Quiet Life
      John Foxx - Burning Car
      John Foxx - Dancing Like A Gun
      John Foxx - Europe After The Rain
      John Foxx - Miles Away
      John Foxx - No-One Driving
      John Foxx - Underpass
      Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
      Joy Divison - Love Will Tear Us Apart
      Kajagoogoo - Big Apple
      Kajagoogoo - Ooh To Be Ah
      Kajagoogoo - Too Shy
      King - Love And Pride
      Landscape - Einstein A Go-Go
      Landscape - Norman Bates
      M - Pop Muzik
      Marilyn - Calling Your Name
      New Musik - Living By Numbers
      New Order - Blue Monday
      New Order - Confusion
      New Order - Temptation
      New Order - Thieves Like Us
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Genetic Engineering
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Joan of Arc
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Locomotion
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Messages
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Souvenir
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Talking Loud And Clear
      Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Tesla Girls
      Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams
      Simple Minds - Glittering Prize
      Simple Minds - Love Song
      Simple Minds - Promised You A Miracle
      Simple Minds - Someone, Somewhere In Summertime
      Simple Minds - Speed Your Love To Me
      Simple Minds - Sweat In A Bullet
      Simple Minds - The American
      Simple Minds - Up On The Catwalk
      Simple Minds - Waterfront
      Soft Cell - Bedsitter
      Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
      Soft Cell - Tainted Love
      Soft Cell - Torch
      Soft Cell - What!
      Spandau Ballet - Chant No.1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
      Spandau Ballet - Communication
      Spandau Ballet - Gold
      Spandau Ballet - Instinction
      Spandau Ballet - Lifeline
      Spandau Ballet - Musclebound
      Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short
      Spandau Ballet - True
      Talk Talk - Another Word
      Talk Talk - Dum Dum Girl
      Talk Talk - It's My Life
      Talk Talk - My Foolish Friend
      Talk Talk - Such A Shame
      Talk Talk - Talk Talk
      Talk Talk - Today
      The Teardrop Explodes - Treason (It's Just A Story)
      The Teardrop Explodes - When I Dream
      Tears For Fears - Change
      Tears For Fears - Mad World
      Tears For Fears - Pale Shelter
      Tears For Fears - Suffer The Children
      Tears For Fears - The Way You Are
      Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive
      Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
      Thomposn Twins - Doctor! Doctor!
      Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
      Thompson Twins - Lies
      Thompson Twins - Love On Your Side
      Thompson Twins - We Are Detective
      Thompson Twins - You Take Me Up
      Toyah - Brave New World
      Toyah - I Want To Be Free
      Toyah - It's A Mystery
      Toyah - Rebel Run
      Toyah - Thunder In The Mountains
      Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?
      Ultravox - All Stood Still
      Ultravox - Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
      Ultravox - Hymn
      Ultravox - Love's Great Adventure
      Ultravox - Reap The Wild Wind
      Ultravox - The Thin Wall
      Ultravox - The Voice
      Ultravox - Vienna
      Ultravox - Visions In Blue
      Ultravox - We Came To Dance
      Visage - Fade To Grey
      Visage - Mind Of A Toy
      Visage - Night Train
      Visage - The Damned Don't Cry
      Yazoo - Don't Go
      Yazoo - Nobody's Diary
      Yazoo - Only You
      Yazoo - Situation
      Yazoo - The Other Side Of Love

      Thanks to:
      Wikipedia / User: Tiger, et al.
      Final List/Details: Users: Benny, Blondini, navi, Metalweb, et al.

      Based on UK artists only and (chiefly) UK Top 10's
      trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
      trebor's - 2015 in Country Music


      • #4
        anpt Blondini Metalweb navi Passing_Strang radcl

        May I please pick your brains. We have currently 129 songs (see list above).

        Which songs should be ditched as they do not really fit the scope?
        Are there Órtists/songs that should be added?
        Should there be a limit of five songs per artist?

        Any input and help is very much appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration!
        trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
        trebor's - 2015 in Country Music


        • #5
          This could be a good one, love lots of songs from this era!


          • #6
            Tubeway Army's 'Are Friends Electric' is an obvious omission...

            Could make a case for Blancmange, Depeche Mode, Talk Talk and Yazoo...

            Don't think Tenpole Tudor really belong on the list.


            • #7
              interesting set!!! I'm here for this
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              • #8
                Very interesting, I always get confused between New Wave, Synth-Pop and New Romantic.

                I will definitely join the game!


                • #9
                  What about the Eurythmics?


                  • #10
                    i must doing some research
                    for the start i think we can exclude David Bowie (obvious reasons - he's just a briefly connected to),
                    Simple minds too (predominantly rock act), if yes, then early material up to Don't you and Once upon a time

                    then everything released after 1984/85 by any act

                    should be included
                    Eurythmics, Tears for fears, Thompson twins
                    probably New order, Jean Michel-Jarre, Howard Jones, John Foxx, China crisis

                    of course we shouldn't restricted songs only to top 10,
                    maybe top 40?
                    Last edited by navi; Sun July 18, 2021, 20:48.


                    • #11
                      Ries_72 you may be interested in participation?


                      • #12
                        Landscape, New Musik, Teardrop Explodes...

                        Maybe consider a mid-80s cut-off date to prevent the list getting too long?


                        • #13
                          one last
                          spacelord is invited too


                          • #14
                            Japan's Quiet Life should be included. Though not top ten it's a better example of their music.

                            Tenpole Tudor were punk / new wave (the original UK definition), nothing to do with New Romantics or synthpop.

                            You should credit Adam and The Ants for those individual songs they appear on, not Adam Ant
                            If the Ants are in, so should Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy and Go Wild In The Country

                            None of those Simple Minds songs are good examples of the genre as their best and purest synthpop was before they became huge. They were more similar to U2 from 83 onwards, stadium rock. Kick It In is awful.
                            Love Song , Theme For Great Cities, Sweat In Bullet, The American are their best songs for this genre.
                            Also, with those songs listed, you're spilling over into the late eighties - this would mean going beyond the New Romantic era and including Pet Shop Boys, Erasure.

                            85 is the right cut-off point so you stop with A View To A Kill for Duran and go no further than Dec 1985. IMO.
                            In 86 Duran went funk and Spandau went rock. New Romantic was essentially dead.

                            Last edited by Blondini; Sun July 18, 2021, 21:03.


                            • #15
                              The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
                              Kraftwerk - The Model (maybe Computer Love and Tour De France?)
                              Propaganda - Dr Mabuse
                              Propaganda - Duel
                              Peter Schilling - Major Tom (Coming Home)
                              Alphaville - Big In Japan
                              Animotion - Obsession
                              John Foxx - Underpass
                              David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours
                              Yellow Magic Orchestra - Computer Game / Firecracker (this is the same track known by two titles!)
                              Yello - I Love You
                              Sparks - The Number 1 Song In Heaven
                              Devo - Whip It
                              Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
                              New Order - Temptation, Blue Monday, Confusion and Thieves Like Us

                              Dolby's Hyperactive should be there

                              you should definitely include pre 86 Mode (and Yazoo), Eurythmics, Talk Talk, Blancmange

                              possibly Jean-Michel Jarre though he's borderline and his 1 big UK hit is pre New Romantic era

                              I think Bowie's Ashes To Ashes can stay in because of the Blitz Kids connection but the rest can go.
                              Last edited by Blondini; Sun July 18, 2021, 21:28.


                              • #16

                                We need to establish whether we're restricting ourselves to UK acts or not!


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Metalweb View Post

                                  We need to establish whether we're restricting ourselves to UK acts or not!
                                  i don't know why you would - especially given the huge European influence.


                                  • #18
                                    BTW, for those confused about the difference between actual New Wave music and what Americans took to calling New Wave (except it wasn't) here is my old Punk and New Wave 1976-1982 Survivor. I had great fun doing it.


                                    • #19
                                      I'll participate - can you tag me pls?

                                      Is Pop Muzik by M considered synthpop? I love that one.


                                      • #20
                                        Thank you very much for all your answers, suggestions and general input.
                                        Final song list is going to be up tomorrow night!
                                        trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
                                        trebor's - 2015 in Country Music


                                        • #21
                                          Still working on the song's master list.
                                          Start postponed to tomorrow. Sorry folks.
                                          trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
                                          trebor's - 2015 in Country Music


                                          • #22
                                            Benny Blondini navi Metalweb

                                            I actually wanted to comment individually but I have no clue how to quote multiple posts...
                                            So, I thank you here for your amazing help!
                                            Most of your remarks have been taken on board and the final list has exploded to 200 entries! ( ).
                                            There is one exception that all entries had to be British, and due to constraints there was no place for all the suggestions which were all great and would have made sensible additions.
                                            The final song list is exciting and as far as I can see is the best that I have ever seen posted on the internet.
                                            Well, thanks again. You are all amazing!
                                            trebor's - 2016 in Country Music
                                            trebor's - 2015 in Country Music