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Metamatic is an album by John Foxx, released in 1980. It was his first solo album following his split with Ultravox the previous year. A departure from the mix of synthesizers and conventional instruments on Systems of Romance, his last album with the band, Metamatic included a more hard-edged electronic sound. The name 'Metamatic' comes from a painting machine by kinetic artist Jean Tinguely, first exhibited at the Paris Biennial in 1959.
Systems Of Romance
Systems of Romance, released on 8 September 1978, is the third album by British new wave band Ultravox. It was the final recording for the group with original lead singer, lyricist and co-composer John Foxx, and their first album without guitarist Stevie Shears, who had left the band. Shears was replaced by Robin Simon, making his first and only appearance on an Ultravox album. Though not a commercial success, Systems of Romance had a significant influence on the electropop music that came after it.
The Human League
Reproduction is the first album released by British synthpop group The Human League. The album was released in 1979 through Virgin Records.
Night Time is the fifth studio album by English post-punk band Killing Joke, released in February 1985 by E.G. Records.
Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Gentlemen Take Polaroids is the fourth studio album by the English band Japan, released on 24 October 1980 by Virgin Records.
Kings of the Wild Frontier (Remastered)
Adam & The Ants
Kings of the Wild Frontier is the second album by English new wave band Adam and the Ants. It was released in November 1980 by CBS Records International. This album introduced the "Burundi beat" sound to popular music.
Tones On Tail
Everything! is a compilation album by post-punk band Tones on Tail, released in 1998 as a double CD.
The first disc features the original Pop album, while the second disc collects the Burning Skies and Tones on Tail EPs, along with the "There's Only One!", "Performance", "Lions" and "Christian Says" singles. The order of songs "When You're Smiling" and "You, the Night and the Music" was reversed on this compilation. Included as a bonus was a live performance of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel", followed by a radio interview with Daniel Ash.
A handful of alternate mixes were not released as part of this collection: the radio edits of "Go!" and "Burning Skies", as well as an extended mix of "Twist", were released on the promo EP Something!.
"Copper" was originally designated as playable at either 45 or 33 ¹⁄₃ RPM, as it was originally released on vinyl; the 45 RPM version of the song is included in this set.
Penthouse And Pavement (Special Edition)
Penthouse and Pavement is the debut studio album by the English synthpop band Heaven 17. It was originally released in September 1981, on the label Virgin.
" Fascist Groove Thang" was released as a single, but did not achieve chart success partly due to a ban by the BBC. The album sold reasonably well, but was not a great commercial success on release. It has since been regarded as "an important outing", is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and was re-released in 2010 in a three-disc special edition. The title track was included on the soundtrack of the 1993 erotic thriller film Sliver.
The Waking Hour
The Waking Hour is the first album by English band Dalis Car, the side project of Peter Murphy of Bauhaus and Mick Karn of Japan. It was released in November 1984 by record label Paradox, which was created specifically to release the record.
Wall Of Voodoo
Dark Continent is the first full length album by Los Angeles new wave band Wall of Voodoo, released in 1981 on IRS Records. It reached #177 on the US album charts. The original compact disc version was released by A&M in 1992. Australian label Raven Records issued a digitally remastered CD of Dark Continent coupled with Call of the West in 2009.
A music video was produced for the song "Call Box" and the band performed "Back in Flesh" in the 1981 concert film Urgh! A Music War. Early live versions of four songs are featured on the Index Masters compilation.
The Art Of Falling Apart
The Art of Falling Apart is the second full-length album by the English synthpop duo Soft Cell, released in 1983.
The album reached No. 5 on the UK charts, although its two singles "Where the Heart Is" and the double A-sided single "Numbers" / "Barriers" both failed to reach the Top 20, breaking the duo's run of five consecutive Top 5 singles in the UK, reaching No. 21 and No. 25, respectively.
Initial copies of the album included a bonus 12 inch EP containing the tracks "Martin" and "Hendrix Medley".
This is What You Want... This Is What You Get
Public Image Ltd.
This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get is a 1984 album by Public Image Ltd. It is the band's fourth official studio album and includes the single "Bad Life" and a re-recorded version of a "This Is Not a Love Song", which had been a No. 5 UK and international hit when released as a single in 1983.
An early version of the album was released in 1983 by founding PiL guitarist Keith Levene as Commercial Zone. The album was then re-recorded after Levene's departure from the band, with no contributions from either Levene or bassist Pete Jones.
The song "The Order of Death" appears in the 1990 science fiction-horror film Hardware and on the soundtrack to the 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project. It was also featured in the Miami Vice episode "Little Miss Dangerous" and the Mr. Robot episode "eps2.7_init_5.fve". "This is Not a Love Song" appears in the film Waltz With Bashir.
The line "This is what you want... This is what you get" appears in both "Bad Life" and "The Order of Death".
XL1 is the second solo album by Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley. It reached number 42 in the UK Albums Chart, remaining in that listing for four weeks. The single "Telephone Operator" charted at #66 in the UK Singles Chart, making it his biggest single release there. The original release was packaged with a computer program for the ZX Spectrum which featured lyrics and graphics which displayed in time with the music.
XL1 had a different running order in the US, and an edited version of "Many A Time". In 2006, Varep Records reissued the original UK version on CD with two b-side "dub" mixes as bonus tracks.
A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (Remastered) (Expanded)
Siouxsie & The Banshees
A Kiss in the Dreamhouse is the fifth studio album by British alternative rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released on 5 November 1982 by Polydor Records. The record marked a change of musical direction, as the group used strings for the first time and experimented in the studio. Guitarist John McGeoch played more instruments, including recorder and piano. For Julian Marszalek of The Quietus, the release proved the Banshees to be "one of the great British psychedelic bands."
Both a critical and commercial success, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse peaked at No. 11 on the UK Albums Chart. In August 2007 it was ranked No. 1 on Mojo magazine's list of the best albums of 1982. A 180g vinyl reissue of the album, remastered from the original ¼” tapes and cut half-speed at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell, was released in September 2018
A Bestiary Of
A Bestiary Of is a compilation album by the Creatures, issued on CD in 1997. It compiled remastered recordings made by the band between 1981 and 1983, including the Wild Things EP, the Feast album, the B-side of "Miss the Girl" and the "Right Now" single.
Mask is the second studio album by English post-punk band Bauhaus. It was released in 1981 by record label Beggars Banquet.
Anything (Remastered & Expanded)
Anything is the seventh studio album by the Damned, released by MCA Records in 1986. On the album's release, it charted in the United Kingdom, peaking at No. 40, and was certified as silver by the British Phonographic Industry. Four singles were released that all charted in the UK.
The album received some positive press, but was later called inferior to the group's previous work by AllMusic.
The Platinum Collection
Micro-Phonies is the sixth full-length studio album by British electronic band Cabaret Voltaire. Released in November 1984, the album was the group's most mainstream hit to date, with the singles "Sensoria" and "James Brown" gaining popularity, especially the former, due to the music video finding MTV airplay. The album sees Cabaret Voltaire continuing to change, pursuing the more electro and synthpop-oriented direction they had started shifting towards on The Crackdown.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark is the self-titled debut album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1980. It peaked at number 27 in the UK Albums Chart. "Electricity" and "Red Frame/White Light" were low charting singles taken from the record. A re-recorded version of "Messages" provided OMD with their first hit in the UK, reaching number 13. The album was remastered and re-released in 2003, with six bonus tracks.
The record has received generally favourable reviews, although later releases by the group were more warmly received. It has nonetheless been named as one of the best electronic albums of the 1980s, and has been championed by major artists such as ZZ Top and Vince Clarke of Erasure.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark is also the title of a 1981 compilation album of tracks from this release and Organisation, issued only in the United States.
The Psychedelic Furs
The Psychedelic Furs
The Psychedelic Furs is the debut studio album by the English rock band the Psychedelic Furs. It was released on 7 March 1980 by Columbia Records. It was reissued with bonus tracks in 2002 by Columbia/Legacy.
The original UK LP had nine tracks. The US LP contained 10 tracks, deleting one track from the UK LP and adding two others, and changing the order of the tracks significantly. The CD reissue contained 13 tracks, beginning with the original nine UK LP tracks, then adding the two additional tracks from the US LP release, plus a version of "Mack the Knife" and a demo of the album track "Flowers".
Kissing The Pink
Kissing The Pink
The Anvil is the second studio album by the British rock/pop band Visage, released in March 1982 by Polydor Records. The album reached No. 6 in the UK and was certified "Silver" by the British Phonographic Industry in April 1982. The album's name and concept came from the legendary NYC Gay after-hours club The Anvil. Famed Danceteria DJ Bill Bahlman curated the "New Wave Nights At The Anvil".
Nightlife - The Collection
Our Daughter's Wedding
The Raven is the fourth studio album by English new wave band The Stranglers. It was released on 21 September 1979, through record label United Artists.
Shout is the sixth studio album by American new wave band Devo. It was originally released in October 1984, on the labels Warner Bros. and Virgin, two years after their previous album, Oh, No! It's Devo. The album was recorded over a period of ten months between July 1983 and Feb 1984, in sessions that took place at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, California. The album retained the synth-pop sound of their previous few records, with an extensive focus on the then-new Fairlight CMI Series IIx digital sampling synthesizer. Despite the popularity of synth-pop in 1984, the album was a critical and commercial failure, peaking at only No. 83 on the Billboard 200 and ultimately leading to Warner Bros. dropping the band from their label. Shout was the second Devo album in which co-founder and bass player Gerald Casale sang the majority of the lead vocals, which are usually performed by Mark Mothersbaugh.
Following its release, the band went on hiatus for four years. Although the band would release two studio albums through Enigma Records, they would not release another album through Warner Bros. until Something for Everybody in 2010.
Echo And The Bunnymen
Porcupine is the third studio album by the English post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen. First released on 4 February 1983, it became the band's highest charting release when it reached number two on the UK Albums Chart despite initially receiving poor reviews. It also reached number 137 on the American Billboard 200, number 85 on the Canadian RPM 100 Albums and number 24 on the Swedish chart. In 1984 the album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Porcupine included the singles "The Back of Love" and "The Cutter".
The album was recorded at Trident Studios in London, Rockfield Studios in South Wales and Amazon Studios in Liverpool. It was produced by Ian Broudie, who was credited as "Kingbird" and who had co-produced the band's first album, 1980's Crocodiles, and their second single, "Rescue". After being rejected by the band's label, the album was re-recorded with Shankar providing strings. It was originally released as an LP in 1983 before being reissued on CD in 1988. The album was again reissued on CD in 2003, along with the other four of the band's first five studio albums, having been remastered and expanded.
Oil & Gold
Oil & Gold, the third full-length Shriekback studio album, is widely considered the band's highest moment. Released in 1985 on Arista Records in UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand and on Island Records in the United States, after 1984's Jam Science on Arista Records, Oil & Gold saw the band metamorphose from contemplative to rocking. The addition of Martyn Barker on drums and Lu Edmonds on guitar gives many of the songs an almost punk rock feeling, although the album also features synthesizers from film soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer.
In many ways, Oil & Gold is the bridge between the old trio of Barry Andrews, Carl Marsh, and Dave Allen, and the new vehicle for Andrews alone. Longtime singer Marsh left the band after the recording, leaving Andrews to take over the vocals. Still, the album's highlights, including the three opening songs, sung by Marsh, and the minor hit, "Nemesis", became the band's signature sound. The album brought them a far wider audience than they had previously enjoyed, and sold well in its U.S. release on Island Records.
Stateless is the debut studio album by American singer Lene Lovich. It was released in October 1978 by Stiff Records. The album was first released outside the United Kingdom, then following the success of the lead single "Lucky Number". The UK version of the album was released with a slightly different track list. In the United States, the album was released in 1979. Produced by Lene Lovich and Les Chappell, Stateless is a new wave album.
The album was available in two very different variations. The more common release had most of the songs remixed from the original versions and now included the single version of Lucky Number. Some songs were slightly shortened and many had new vocals accentuating Lene's quirky singing style. The original vocals were often more straightforward. The running order was shuffled and the album cover also varied between countries.
Upon its release, Stateless received positive reviews from music critics. However, it noted only a moderate commercial success. In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at number thirty-five and also charted in other countries, such as Netherlands and New Zealand.
The Teardrop Explodes
Kilimanjaro is the debut album by the neo-psychedelic Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes, released on 10 October 1980. It contains versions of the band's early singles – "Sleeping Gas", "Bouncing Babies", "Treason" & "When I Dream" – as well as their biggest hit, "Reward". The album also includes the song "Books" – originally a song by Julian Cope's previous band, The Crucial Three, it was also recorded by Echo & the Bunnymen. In 2000, Q magazine placed Kilimanjaro at number 95 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
The original working title for Kilimanjaro was Everyone Wants to Shag the Teardrop Explodes. When originally released, the album featured a shadowy photograph of the band on the sleeve, but this was later changed to a cover showing Mount Kilimanjaro, the mountain after which the record was named. When the album was subsequently released on CD the cover artwork reverted to the original.
In 2000, Cope gave his blessings to re-release Kilimanjaro with a selection of bonus tracks, original artwork, a remastered sound, and full lyrics and essays. A deluxe 3-disc edition followed in 2010, including original singles, B-sides and radio session recordings.
Colourbox is the only full-length studio album from Colourbox, released by 4AD in August 1985. CAD 508 is the album's catalogue number, used to distinguish it from the earlier mini-album of the same name. The first 10,000 copies of the vinyl LP came with a bonus LP MAD 509. The CD release included the first side of the bonus LP. The album was preceded by the singles "Say You" in March 1984, "Punch" in June 1984, and "The Moon Is Blue" in July 1985.
Talk About The Weather/Paint Your Wagon
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Real Life is the debut studio album by English rock band Magazine. It was released in June 1978 by record label Virgin. The album includes the band's debut single "Shot by Both Sides", and was also preceded by the non-album single "Touch and Go", a song from the album's recording sessions.
Real Life has received critical acclaim and is considered a pioneering post-punk record. It has also been described as new wave and art rock.
Blue Sunshine (Deluxe)
Under The Flag
Under the Flag is an experimental electronic album released in 1982 by Fad Gadget.
Written by Frank Tovey for the most part concerning his fear for the future of the world, in light of having just become a father. He was apparently afraid of the world his daughter was going to grow up in. Sampling, which was new technology back in the early 1980s is incorporated into the album and sequencing is also heavily used. It features backing vocals by fellow Mute Records artist Alison Moyet.
"Scapegoat" features a Dutch nursery rhyme. Some of the ideas on this album were heavily inspired by German band Die Krupps and this is borne out by Fad Gadget's later album Gag which features Einstürzende Neubauten, who worked closely with Die Krupps.
Etiquette of Violence
Should The World Fail To Fall Apart (Expanded Edition)
Should the World Fail to Fall Apart is the debut album by the British solo artist Peter Murphy, formerly of the gothic rock band Bauhaus. The album contains Murphy's covers of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me" and Pere Ubu's "Final Solution." It was released in 1986.
Empires And Dance
Empires and Dance is the third studio album by Scottish new wave band Simple Minds, released on 12 September 1980 by record label Arista.
The Botanic Verses
The March Violets
Dark Adapted Eye
Dark Adapted Eye is a compilation album by Danielle Dax, an English experimental musician, formerly of The Lemon Kittens. Released in 1988 on Sire Records on LP, cassette and CD, it consisted of material from albums and singles released on her own label, Awesome Records, and was the first release of her material in North America. After being out of print for years, the CD was reissued in the U.S. by the Noble Rot label in 2008. All tracks were produced by Dax and co-written by David Knight.
This compilation album could be considered an expanded international edition of her third album, Inky Bloaters, except that it only has 10 of the 11 tracks from that album. "Born To Be Bad" is missing, and only appears on the Inky Bloaters album, and nowhere else.
Cover artwork is by Holly Warburton.
Original Sin - [The Dave Cash Collection]
Theatre Of Hate
Psycho's Path (Remastered)
Psycho's Path is a 1997 solo album by John Lydon, released by Virgin Records. Lydon sang on all the songs and played most of the instruments, with additional guitars and keyboards supplied by Martin Lydon and Mark Saunders.
No. 1 In Heaven
Nº 1 in Heaven is the eighth album by the American rock band Sparks. Recorded with Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder, it marked a change of musical direction for the group and became influential on later synth-pop bands.
Released in 1979 by Virgin Records and later licensed to Elektra Records in the States, Nº 1 in Heaven renewed interest in the band after disappointing sales of albums like Big Beat and Introducing Sparks. The album is the first and only of the band's to be issued on Elektra Records, the 4th label the band was signed to in the US.
The Golden Age Of Wireless
The Golden Age of Wireless is the debut album by Thomas Dolby. Released in 1982, the album contains the pop hit "She Blinded Me with Science" in its later resequencings. Following the album's overall theme of radio are the songs "Airwaves", "Commercial Breakup", and "Radio Silence," along with songs about the modern world.
Gene Loves Jezebel
Promise is the debut album by British gothic rock band Gene Loves Jezebel. Released in 1983 by Situation Two, it peaked at No. 8 on the UK Indie Chart.
Coming Down (Remastered)
Coming Down is the first solo album from former Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets guitar player Daniel Ash. First single "This Love" was a #2 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S., where his former bandmates Peter Murphy and David J had already scored Top 10 hits. Natasha Atlas sings and plays instruments on most tracks.
Belfegore (Deluxe Edition)
Belfegore was the second album by the German band Belfegore. This was Belfegore's first and last major studio release. Despite decent sales, the band split up one year later.
All lyrics are sung in English unlike their previous album. The album was available with two separate covers. It was released again on CD with several bonus tracks September 2013.
Love And Rockets
Express is the second studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets. It was released on 15 September 1986 on Beggars Banquet Records. An even greater departure from the band members' previous work as Bauhaus, the album's fusion of underground rock with pop stylings can be seen as an early example of alternative rock music, a genre that reached mainstream popularity in the early 1990s.
"Kundalini Express" was featured in the 1986 Italian horror film Demons 2 and appeared on an episode of the T.V. show Miami Vice.
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