Tag Archives: 1981

Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 2]

The Blow Monkeys: Live Today, Love Tomorrow – UK – 7″ [1981] Live Today, Love Tomorrow In Cold Blood Every story begins with a first step and the one that matters here is the one that happened when Robert Howard … Continue reading

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REDUX: Scarcity vs. Ubiquity: The Rise And Fall Of Synthpop [part 5]

By 1981, with The Human League transitioning to a completely different type of synthpop band, the UK charts began to get crowded with synthesizers as the goldrush to capitalize on the beachhead that Gary Numan established in 1979 led to … Continue reading

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REDUX: Scarcity vs. Ubiquity: The Rise And Fall Of Synthpop [part 4]

July 7, 2015 The Human League entered 1981 with a handicap. Manager Bob Last had engineered a split between the actual musical portions of the group [who went on to form the British Electric Foundation and Heaven 17] and its … Continue reading

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REDUX: Scarcity vs. Ubiquity: The Rise And Fall Of Synthpop [part 3]

July 1, 2015 With UK technopop experiencing a meteoric rise in the years 1979-80, the next year was a watershed for the sound. Big changes were underfoot. OMD dropped their third album and it was filled with experimental elements like … Continue reading

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Record Review: Logic System – Logic JPN CD

Logic System: Logic – JPN – CD [2008] Intro Unit Domino Dance 天変地異 (Convulsion Of Nature) X? Talk Back Clash (Chinjyu Of Sun) Person To Person Logic Recently, I got around to making a CD of Masami Tsuchiya’s “Rice Music” … Continue reading

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An Interview With Gleaming Spires’ David Kendrick [part 1]

When I was contracted last month by the PR agent promoting Omnivore’s CD reissue program for the works of Gleaming Spires, it was like having my wish granted by a genie. When they offered an interview with Spire David Kendrick, … Continue reading

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Record Review: Gleaming Spires “Songs of The Spires” US DLX RM CD

This week we delve into the vivid canon of Gleaming Spires; the Los Angeles band that began life as the Power Pop band Bates Motel in the late 70s to become Sparks backing band for their fertile 1981-1985 period that … Continue reading

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