“The medium of reinterpretation” as HEAVEN 17 and BEF’s Martyn Ware once put it, is an important creative opportunity that can widen a musical audience and expand the aural palette.
SOFT CELL’s cover of 'Tainted Love' became ubiquitous as Synth Britannia’s first true crossover record. So what of the other great synth reworkings? The covers in this listing are predominantly conventional songs reworked in a synthpop manner. They are presented in chronological order. Continue Reading ›
Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, WHITE DOOR formed from the ashes of prog rock combo GRACE and released one critically acclaimed album ‘Windows’ in 1983. Led by the sensitive vocal presence of Mac Austin, he was ably backed by the Davies brothers Harry and John on synths.
With renewed interest in WHITE DOOR, Mac Austin kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about the band’s brief flirtation with the pop charts and guesting recently with DAILY PLANET. Continue Reading ›
First published in 2011, ‘Is That The 12” Mix?’ was author and music aficionado ROB GRILLO’s personal but well-informed history of the 12” single.
In keeping with its story tracing the emergence of the extended remix as an artform in its own right, Grillo has now remade and remodelled his book in a new 2016 version.
Retitled ‘Is That The 12” Remix?’, the new edition features contributions from the likes of Neil Tennant and Rusty Egan as well as more photos and an extra 20,000 words. ROB GRILLO chatted to TEC about why more can mean more… Continue Reading ›
‘Eddie The Eagle’ is a biopic about Eddie Edwards, who represented Team GB in ski-jumping at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Based on true events, the film stars Taron Egerton as Eddie Edwards and Hugh Jackman as Edwards’ fictional trainer.
The soundtrack features a collection of original songs curated by Gary Barlow, each recorded by British artists who are now usually seen frequenting retrospective events such as Rewind, Here & Now and Let’s Rock. Continue Reading ›
Trevor Horn is a producer who can be said to have shaped modern pop music. In 1981, Horn started a run of producing and co-writing four singles for pop duo DOLLAR; this attracted the attention of NME journalist Paul Morley and they would later establish the ZTT label
Listing some of his more interesting adventures in modern recording, The Electricity Club chooses eighteen works from Trevor Horn that fit closest to its ethos. Continue Reading ›