This playlist contains some choice synthpop tracks from 1978 to 1983: the golden hour of synthpop. The songs are presented here in roughly chronological order, and although you've probably heard many of the artists hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised to hear some lesser-know album tracks instead of the same-old-singles you're so familiar with.
Synthpop is often dismissed as soulless plastic pop, but I think in these tunes you'll hear an energy and excitement to match the wonder of the day: these songs are from the dawn of the age of the computer, when everything changed forever. As Vince Noir said, The Human League invented music: "It was just tuning up before then".
B.E.F. â€“ Decline Of The West
The Normal â€“ T.V.O.D.
Gary Numan â€“ Random
The Human League â€“ The Dignity of Labour, Part 3
Fad Gadget â€“ Ricky's Hand
Depeche Mode â€“ Puppets
The The â€“ GIANT
Visage â€“ In the Year 2525
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark â€“ Georgia
Pete Shelley â€“ Qu'est-ce Que C'est Que Ã‡a
The Human League â€“ The Sound of the Crowd (12" version)
Heaven 17 â€“ Song With No Name (12" Version)
Yazoo â€“ In My Room
Fad Gadget â€“ Life on the Line IV
Ultravox â€“ All Stood Still (12" Version)
Eurythmics â€“ Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Soft Cell â€“ Heat
Cabaret Voltaire â€“ Sensoria
Yello â€“ Take It All
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark â€“ The Beginning and the End
Kraftwerk â€“ Kometenmelodie 2
Synthpop is not dead - thirty years later, it's still alive and kicking. Check out my <a href="http://www.sharemyplaylists.com/afronts-synthpop-2009/">Synthpop 2009 Playlist</a> for some of the 21st century's finest!
Art from The Human League's <a href="http://open.spotify.com/album/6Fe5LbLcemUjs5UdRiWSsP">Golden Hour of the Future</a>