Odd seeing China Crisis - a synth band - appear bereft of synths.
Maybe the singer couldn't bring one with him, they look like an awkward boy-band!
I know that they used them a fair bit, but I can't say I've ever really thought of China Crisis as a 'synth band' per se - well, certainly not in the way that Depeche Mode were/are. As I recall, they used a variety of instrumentation from the off and their first single, African and White, was built primarily around a bass line.
I quite liked some of their stuff back in the day (the aforementioned debut remains a fine moment), but listening back, it is all a little bit 'mimsy', tbh.
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Thanks for the link! How utterly naff that top ten rundown sounded! Glad i didn't become a listener till 85!
Cutting edge Radio 1 eh?
Radio One has always been naff. And still is
Most people were listening to Independent Radio. Who did not ban Relax.
I would question the word "most" - it was only when they started to focus exclusively on the youth that commercial radio hammered them in listenership. Comm. radio is unspeakably naff and panders to advertisers with the easiest and least risky songs in existence - unless they're too big to ignore. Radio 1 were the only station to play indie, dance, rap and other genres years before everyone else did.
Comm. radio ignored Pulp, Underworld, Oasis, Suede, Blur, Nirvana even when they were in the top 5. They were forced to play them regularly through requests.
Certain eighties DJ's were quite naff but in terms of the chart rundown - by the time i was listening in 85/86 they had Prince as their theme music and still the greatest chart rundown host on any station - Bruno Brookes. You try listening to Marvin Humes on the Big Load Of Rubbish Fake Top 40 every week. I used to shudder on the rare occasions i skipped over to Neil Fox not having a clue about half the music he was playing.
Agree with much of this. Commercial radio was dreadful during the eighties and nineties - Capital especially unlistenable with its ridiculous playlist policy: ie, keep on rotating the same tune months after it has exited the charts*. (I can remember chatting to a Capital person on a train back from college back in 1981 and telling him how poor I thought their output was - to the embarrassment of my friends in attendance.) Agree that Fox is - and always has been - an embarrassment with his musical ignorance. (*Their application of this policy to Xfm was what made me switch off forever around 2001...)
Radio 1 had many faults for many years, but their daytime embracing of new wave in 1977-78, rap in the eighties and Britpop/rock in the mid-nineties should (have) be(en) applauded. The fact that there is no longer a station embracing the nation as a whole - and specifically its wide music tastes - is one of the main reasons that the singles chart has become so tedious and stagnant.