There are many bands from the Synth Britannia-era that are often perceived as being electronic, when in fact they either started off in a traditional band format and integrated synthesizers/sequencers or remained like that throughout most of their career.
ULTRAVOX, NEW ORDER and GARY NUMAN all fell into that format, but what about others who have successfully managed to meld the rigidity and coldness of electronics with the more human element of guitars. Continue Reading ›
Bridging the gap between Synth Britannia and Acid House, PET SHOP BOYS first found international success with ‘West End Girls’ in 1986.
Since their imperial phase, they have shown their versatility in projects ranging from producing or remixing other artists and running their own Spaghetti Records label to assorted theatre, film and ballet commissions. So presented in chronological order with a limit of one track per artist project, here are 20 tracks by PET SHOP BOYS… collaboratively!
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Midway through 2017 sees a veritable hive of activity for Slovenia’s LAIBACH, this includes the release of ‘Liberation Day’; and almost simultaneously ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’, the band’s version of music for the theatrical production of Friedrich Nietzsche’s ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra’.
Whereas 2014’s album ‘Spectre’ could be a considered a fairly commercial release, this piece of work comes across as a far more experimental and challenging proposition. Continue Reading ›
The development of modern German pop music represents a cultural insight to the history of post-war Germany, reflecting its political developments and sociological changes. It is also emerging as a new field of academic study thanks to the worldwide success of KRAFTWERK who were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2014.
As an aid to scholars, teachers and students, Dr Uwe Schütte has compiled ‘German Pop Music – A Companion’. Over the University vacation period, Dr Uwe Schütte kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his overview of German pop music… Continue Reading ›
LAIBACH are the musical wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) - translated from German as meaning "New Slovenian Art”
Pre-performance, the atmosphere was set with the original soundtrack from ‘The Sound Of Music’ motion picture being played over the PA. Synthesizer players Luka Jamnik, Rok Lopatič and drummer Janez Gabrič commenced the show by building up challenging layers of piano and electronics. Continue Reading ›