Synth' Pop Albums and 12" singles

Synth' Pop Albums and 12" singles

Synth' Pop Albums and 12" singles

Synth' pop music first became prominent in the 1980's, utilising the synthesizer as the dominent musical instrument. It was prefigured in the late 1960's and early 1970's by the use of synthesizers in progressive rock bands such as Kraftwerk as well as established "super groups" The Who. It arose as a distinctive genre in both Japan and the U.K. as part of the new wave movement of the late 1970's to the mid 1980's.
 

Early synth' pop pioneers included the Japanese group Yellow Magic Orchestra and British bands Ultravox and The Human League, largely using monophonic synthesizers to produce music with an austere sound.

After the breakthrough of Tubeway Army and Gary Numan in the British singles chart, larger numbers of artists began to enjoy success with a synthesizer based sound.

By the latter part of the decade 1980's duo's such as Erasure, The Communards and The Pet Shop Boys adopted a sound that was highly successful in the U.S. dance charts.

Synth' Pop Albums and 12" singles

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Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle

Gary Numan (1979)

Debut UK chart #1 album, released under his own name, features the synth' pop worldwide hit "Cars".

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Yazoo - You And Me Both

Yazoo - (1983)

The synth'pop duo's second and final studio album together, features the single "Nobody's Diary".

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Japan - Tin Drum

Japan - (1981)

The band's fifth and final studio album features the singles "Visions of China", "Ghosts" & "Cantonese Boy".

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Ultravox - U-Vox

Ultravox - (1986)

Final UK top 10 album fronted by Midge Ure, features the singles "All Fall Down" and "All in One Day" - includes it's original poly' cover.

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Ultravox - Systems Of Romance

Ultravox - (1978)

The band's final album to feature original lead singer, lyricist and co-composer John Foxx.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Pacific Age

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - (1986)

The band's 7th album in "time capsule" condition, features the international hit single "(Forever) Live and Die".

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Yazoo - Upstairs At Eric's

Yazoo - (1982)

The duo's first of only two albums together, features the singles "Situation", "Don't Go" and "Only You"

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Japan - Oil On Canvas

Japan - (1983) Double LP

Double album recorded live, released after the band's much publicised split.

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Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell

Depeche Mode - (1981)

Original pressing of the band's debut album, features the singles "Dreaming of Me", "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough".

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Tears For Fears - The Hurting

Tears For Fears - (1983)

The British new wave/synth' pop band's UK #1 debut album, features 3x top 5 singles "Mad World", "Change" and "Pale Shelter".

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Communards - Communards

Communards - (1986)

The duo's debut UK top-10 album together, includes the #1 hit "Don't Leave Me This Way".

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Tangerine Dream - Encore

Tangerine Dream - (1977)

Double album live recording assembled from the German groups 1977 North American tour.

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The Human League - Hysteria

The Human League - (1984)

Follow up album to "Fascination" , features the singles "Life on Yor Own", "The Lebanon" and "Louise".

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Spandau Ballet - Parade

Spandau Ballet - (1984)

The band's fourth studio album, features two top 10 hits "Only When You Leave" and "I'll Fly for You".

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Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe

Jean Michel Jarre - (1978)

Second major label album - Immaculate !

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Duran Duran - Duran Duran

Duran Duran - (1981)

Self-titled debut album release, features their hit singles "Girls On Film" and "Planet Earth" - Stunning!

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - (1981)

Original pressing of album hailed as the band's seminal work, features the singles "Souvenir" and "Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)"

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Ultravox - Vienna

Ultravox - (1980)

Midge Ure's first album with the band, with the title track heralding their commercial breakthrough worldwide.

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Japan - Adolescent Sex

Japan - (1978)

The British synth'pop band's "harder edged" collectable, elusive debut album.

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Marc Almond & The Willing Sinners - Vermin In Ermine

Marc Almond & The Willing Sinners - (1984)

Debut solo album, includes the singles "The Boy Who Came Back" "You Have" and "Tenderness is a Weakness".

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Pet Shop Boys - Introspective

Pet Shop Boys - (1988)

Well presented dance album, features the hits "Always on My Mind", "Left To My Own Devices" & "Domino Dancing".

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A Flock Of Seagulls - Listen

A Flock Of Seagulls - (1983)

Stunning example of the band's second album, features top 10 hit "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)".

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Pink - Pink

Pink - (1985)

Japanese import released on Moon Records, (EX+ suggesting few plays).

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Jean Michel Jarre - (1977)

Described as the album that "led the synthesizer revolution of the seventies".

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ABC - Beauty Stab

ABC - (1983)

The British band's follow up to "The Lexicon of Love" featuring a more guitar-oriented sound.

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The Teardrop Explodes

The Teardrop Explodes - (1980)

The neo-psychedelic Liverpool band's debut album, features "Reward" & "When I Dream".

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The Communards - Red

The Communards - (1987)

Well presented UK top 10 album, features the hits "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Tomorrow".

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Blancmange - Happy Families

Blancmange - (1982)

Well presented example of the duo's debut album, includes the UK top-10 single "Living On The Ceiling".

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Erasure - The Circus

Erasure - (1987)

Well presented example (EX+), of the synth'pop/dance duo's second studio album, features the UK #2 hit single "Sometimes".

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Erasure - The Innocents

Erasure - (1988)

The duo's first UK #1 album, includes two major U.S. Billboard Hot 100 hits "Little Respect" & "Ship Of Fools".

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Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair

Tears For fears - (1984)

The band's best-selling top-10 album, features the singles "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout".

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Ultravox - Rage In Eden

Ultravox - (1981)

UK Chrysalis pressing with the original Peter Saville cover, features the singles "The Voice" and "The Thin Wall".

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Ozric Tentacles - Live Underslunky

Ozric Tentacles - (1992)

Instrumental Psychedelic Space-Rock double live album - Stunning example !

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Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar

Ananda Shankar - (1970)

Self-titled debut album, (stereo format), fusing Eastern and Western musical styles, features the much sampled "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Light My Fire".

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Vangelis - Albedo 0.39

Vangelis - (1976)

Concept album based around time and space physics, with blues and jazz overtones

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Dazzle Ships

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - (1983)

The band's follow-up album to the highly successful "Architecture & Morality", features the singles "Genetic Engineering" and "Telegraph".

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Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain

Simple Minds - (1983)

The UK chart, number one selling album, features the singles "Waterfront", "Speed Your Love to Me" and "Up on the Catwalk".

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Jethro Tull - Broadsword and the Beast

Jethro Tull - (1982)

Mixture of electronic synthesized music, and the folk-rock influenced style from the previous decade.

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Erasure - Wonderland

Erasure - (1986)

Well presented example of the duo's debut album, features the singles "Who Needs Love Like That" and "Oh L'amour".

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Pet Shop Boys - Disco

Pet Shop Boys - (1986)

Collection of extended dance mixes from their first album "Please" and their respective B-sides.

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ABC - How to Be A Zillionaire!

ABC - (1985)

Stunning original pressing with immaculate hinged cover and inner, features the singles "Vanity Kills" and "Ocean Blue".

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Junk Culture

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - (1984)

OMD regain their commercial grounding with a much slicker sound in contrast to "Dazzle Ships".

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A Flock of Seagulls - A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls - (1982)

Critically acclaimed eponymous debut album, featuring the international hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)".

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Culture Club - Waking Up With the House on Fire

Culture Club - (1984)

The band's third studio album, featuring the UK #2 and US top 20 hit "The War Song".

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Heaven 17 - Penthouse and Pavement

Heaven 17 - (1981)

Stunning debut album, includes the banned left-wing political single "(We Don't Need) This Fascist Groove Thang".

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