2016 will forever be remembered as the year when a significant number of cultural icons and popular musical figures left us; DAVID BOWIE, PRINCE, TOMITA, PETE BURNS, COLIN VERNCOMBE, KEITH EMERSON, DON BUCHLA and LEONARD COHEN were just some of the names who sadly departed.
But despite sadness that loomed, the year did produce some good music, particularly in the second half of the year, although in all, 2016 was not a vintage year for electronic pop. Continue Reading ›
DEAD OR ALIVE frontman Pete Burns has sadly passed away from a heart attack, aged 57.
His manager and one-time band mate Steve Coy said: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead or Alive) died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest. All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star”. Continue Reading ›
Today, CHVRCHES are perhaps the nearest thing to the ‘Synth Britannia’ tradition and have proved that there is an international market for synthpop. But elsewhere, acts like YEARS & YEARS and EKKOES are being championed by the mainstream press as ‘synthpop’ when they clearly aren't.
These mis-sold products would surely be questioned under the Trade Descriptions Act, like PPI? It goes on, so what has happened to synthpop? Continue Reading ›
Released in 1974, 'Snowflakes Are Dancing' gave Japanese synthesist TOMITA exposure for his electronic interpretations of romantic composer Claude Debussy’s tone poem compositions.
Initially TOMITA started his career as a composer for Nippon Columbia including creating music for theatre, film and television. As well as his interpretations of Debussy's works, he also released albums of Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ and Holst’s ‘The Planets’. Continue Reading ›
Colin Vearncombe, better known as BLACK, has passed away following a car accident where he sustained serious head injuries near his home of Cork in Ireland.
While Vearncombe was not perhaps as lauded as some of his Merseyside contemporaries, songs such as ‘Sweetest Smile’, ‘You’re A Big Girl Now’ and of course ‘Wonderful Life’ easily marked him out as an equal. Continue Reading ›