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Tag: The Teardrop Explodes

WHITE LIES Friends

friends_white_liesAs the old adage goes, “misery loves company…” and it cannot be denied that some huge selling albums have been written following dark times in an artist’s life. So what happens when things start to become a bit peachy? The royalties come rolling in, your singer starts dating a celebrity boy/girlfriend and you pay off your mortgage? Do you still continue to write about the dark feelings and circumstances that initially gave you fame and fortune? Continue Reading ›

A Beginner’s Guide To MIKE HOWLETT

Mike-HowlettMIKE HOWLETT is undoubtedly one of the producers who helped shape the sound of Synth Britannia and Trans-Atlantic post-punk. His production career began in earnest at Dindisc Records, where he worked with fledgling acts such as THE REVILLOS, MARTHA & THE MUFFINS, MODERN EON and OMD. Presented in calendar year order and then alphabetically, with a restriction of one song per album project, TEC looks back at the impressive studio career of Mike Howlett… Continue Reading ›

Lost Albums: SKYRAY Tranquilliser

SKYRAY TranquilliserSKYRAY was the experimental instrumental project of Paul Simpson, a cult figure within the Liverpool music scene based around the legendary Eric’s Club that spawned acts such as OMD, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, DEAD OR ALIVE, FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD and WAH! Simpson had been a member of THE TEARDROP EXPLODES, THE WILD SWANS and CARE. After becoming disillusioned by the years of music industry politics, he began to abstain from singing and started composing progressive instrumentals. Continue Reading ›

TEC’s 25 SYNTH SINGLES THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HITS

peterson-ItalianGrandPrix_1971The late Ronnie Peterson has been acknowledged as one of the fastest Grand Prix drivers of all time, yet he was never crowned World Champion. Statistics can often not be a good indicator of quality and so it is that sometimes, a great single never actually attained the sales recognition it deserved. So here are 25 singles from predominantly established acts, or collectives featuring figures who are now well known in the music scene, that did not reach the UK Top 40 Singles Chart. Continue Reading ›