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English ElectricEnglish Electric is an album that is said to look at a theme of failed utopian dreams, which often result in dystopic failure and regret. The music is, in part, taking influence from 1983s Dazzle Ships album which utilised a lot of radio samples, sourced sounds and experimental tracks. Andy McCluskey has also commented that "There are a few tracks that are not 'songs.' And many of the sounds are more simple and electronic than on History Of Modern".
During an interview with Andy for Messages back in 2011, he commented further on the genesis of the album: "We were a band that was trying to be the future. That was part of our ethos, that was part of our appeal to a lot of people when they first got interested. They were great tunes. They liked the lyrics, they liked the melodies...they liked some of the melancholy emotion in the lyrics and everything, but they also liked the fact that we were quite challenging and it was kind of like pushing the envelope. And that still remains an issue for us, that we feel like we should be trying to do that".
Expanding on the direction of sound of the album, Andy has also said: "In terms of the music we had some specific parameters that we wanted to try to stick to. Namely, try to use a more minimal and glitchy sound where we could. Our mantra is 'what does the future sound like?'. However, there is a natural inclination to be melodic and try to make 'listenable' music, not just experiment for its own sake if it does not lead to the creation of something that stands repeated listening."
For an interview with The Quietus in February of this year, Andy commented on the writing period of the material used on English Electric: "Apart from the complete reworking of Kissing The Machine, everything on this record has been written in the last two years. Dresden and Final Song came from pieces of music that I had from the year before, but I hadn't got a lyric on. I got the lyric on them two years ago, in January 2011. So basically the whole album has been written within the immediate recent timeframe.1. Please Remain Seated
3. Night CafÉ
4. The Future Will Be Silent
5. Helen of Troy
6. Our System
7. Kissing The Machine
9. Stay With Me
11. Atomic Ranch
12. Final Song$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)An 80s Landmark: Ex-Depeche Mode Member Vince Clarke and Vocalist Alison Moyet Create Synthpop Classic
Smoky Blues Purring, Cool Jazz Vibes, Disco-Tinged Beats, and Dancefloor Minimalism Add Up to Electropop Genius
All the Grooves Hit the Low-Frequency Targets: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Includes Hits Don't Go, Situation, and Only You
The 1980s will forever be remembered for electropop sensations, yet few, if any, are quite as sensational as Yazs Upstairs at Erics. A standard-setting mÉlange of smoky blues singing, jazzy arrangements, disco-tinged beats, and dancefloor vibes, the smash debut fits equally as well at a late-night club as it does in a living room, where the records complexity and exoticism takes listeners hostage. No wonder the 1982 landmark remains one of the decades most essential albums.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this numbered limited edition Silver Label LP breathes with a decongested openness, textural richness, and tonal palette never before experienced on previous analog or digital editions. Alison Moyets inimitable vocals, such a huge part of the records appeal, are dramatically enhanced, her sensual timbre, bittersweet crooning, and knockout range now encompassing the full frequency spectrum and projecting outward in a way that traverses the flatness of the original pressings.
Indeed, her bluesy deliveries are at once elegant and exuberant, and give collaborative partner Vince Clarke free range to construct beat architectures that encompass freewheeling disco, house music, uptempo dance, and chilled-out pop. The former Depeche Mode member also layers on elegant keyboard melodies, establishing contagious hooks and electronic-laced landscapes that preceded the techno explosion and do so with a cooler elegance. Tape loops, random field-noise dialogues, and synth-stroked bass notes add to whats nothing less than a perfect collusion of moody paranoia and soulful warmth.
While a cousin to synth-pop LPs by the likes of the Eurythmics, Soft Cell, OMD, and Depeche Mode, Yazs Upstairs at Erics is singular for its chemistry between Moyet and Clarke and an insouciant batch of songs high on emotion, style, and substance.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Don't Go
2. Too Pieces
3. Bad Connection
4. I Before E Except After C
6. In My Room
7. Only You
8. Goodbye Seventies
10. Winter Kills
11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)$24.99 $22.49 Save $2.50 (10%)Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Weird Science SoundtrackWeird Science is a 1985 American teen comic science fiction film written and directed by John Hughes. The
soundtrack is packed with new wave and post-punk gems from artists like Killing Joke and OMD, providing the film with a bit of bite. The film's theme song, Weird Science, was performed by Oingo Boingo and written by the band's frontman Danny Elfman.1. Weird Science - Oingo Boingo
2. Turn It On - Kim Wilde
3. Deep In the Jungle - Wall of Voodoo
4. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
5. Tesla Girls - Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark
6. Private Joy - Cheyne
7. Wanted Man - Ratt
8. Don't Worry Baby - Los Lobos
9. Forever - Taxxi
10. Method to My Madness - The Lords of the New Church
11. Eighties - Killing Joke
12. Why Don't Pretty Girls Look At Me - Wild Men of Wonga
13. Nervous and Shakey - The Del Fuegos
14. The Circle - Max Carl
15. Tenderness - General Public
16. Do Not Disturb (Knock Knock - The Broken Homes
17. Oh, Pretty Woman - Van Halen$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now