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Started by Tinymcsmithy on Dec 14, 2021 6:04:29 AM
New romantics, futurists, and all that lot

I was watching this interview with The Human League and they seemed like such a nice down-to-earth bunch.

https://youtu.be/Lw37zuQa5rI

So, I thought a thread might be good.

So, Human League, Visage, Depeche Mode, Heaven 17, Spandau Ballet, and… who else?

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Tinymcsmithy - 14 Dec 2021 06:05:14 (#1 of 72)

Do Duran Duran count?

Tinymcsmithy - 14 Dec 2021 06:07:06 (#2 of 72)

Oh, Depeche Mode, of course.

PeacockinaPearTree - 14 Dec 2021 06:21:29 (#3 of 72)

Yep The Human League are ace.

‘OMDs The Native Daughters of the Golden West’ was just on BBC6 which was a nice surprise.

TommyDCMBR8 - 14 Dec 2021 09:43:34 (#4 of 72)

(Some of) post-split Human League was ace - the art school shite beforehand wasn't (and they were still capable of producing so-far-up-their-own-arses-they-could-lick-the-back-of-their-tonsils crap afterwards, too).

Often overlooked - Landscape had two albums out (including From the Tearooms of Mars... which spawned Einstein-a-Go-Go) before Richard Burgess produced Spandau's first two albums (that is, the two before they became your mum's favourte band).

If anyone interested in the period hasn't read Steve Strange's autobiography then do so.

FGBFGB - 14 Dec 2021 09:49:06 (#5 of 72)

I once had a chat with the mother of one of the Human Leave on a train. That is my Human League story.

tasselhoff - 14 Dec 2021 09:50:08 (#6 of 72)

The OMD drummer follows me on Twitter. That's about the only contribution I can make to this thread.

PeacockinaPearTree - 14 Dec 2021 09:50:14 (#7 of 72)

Loads, Tiny:

Bauhaus, first album Duran Duran, early Adam and The Ants, Blancmange, Ultravox

FrankieTeardrop - 14 Dec 2021 09:53:21 (#8 of 72)

I don't really see how Duran Duran relate to The Human League, other than being around at the same time

PeacockinaPearTree - 14 Dec 2021 09:56:01 (#9 of 72)

new romantics: clothes, winkelpickers, straight men wearing make up, breaking away from the guitar influence to electronica, navel gazing etc, a different sound

BenVrackie - 14 Dec 2021 10:13:45 (#10 of 72)

Decide for yourselves how to categorise this lot:

  • Blancmange
  • Electronic (Post-Smiths project for Jonny Marr)
  • The Buggles
  • Howard Jones
  • Thompson Twins
  • Erasure
  • Art of Noise
  • Eurythmics
  • Heaven 17
  • Tubeway Army/Gary Numan
  • Yazoo
  • Giorgio Moroder
  • ABC
  • John Foxx
  • Herbie Hancock


Some synth-pop one-hit wonders:

  • New Musik - Living by Numbers
  • Flash and the Pan - Waiting for a Train
  • Landscape - Einstein a Go-Go
  • M - Pop Muzik
  • Hot Butter - Popcorn

whitbreadtrophy - 14 Dec 2021 10:13:58 (#11 of 72)

New Musik - nerdiest NR band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbJIu_na4gY

SliceysLittleHelper - 14 Dec 2021 10:18:17 (#12 of 72)

Talk Talk. Arguably the most important and influential in the end.

ChankNolen - 14 Dec 2021 10:19:45 (#13 of 72)

My stepbrother was present when Phil Oakey had his nipple pierced.

We used to see the Heaven 17s and the ABCs out and about in Sheffield's pubs and clubs. They really were deeply ordinary lads who just happened to have latched onto the zeitgeist.

BenVrackie - 14 Dec 2021 10:21:06 (#14 of 72)

Talk Talk. Arguably the most important and influential in the end.

Such a shame that they ended up as crappy broadband providers.

mingmong - 14 Dec 2021 10:23:04 (#15 of 72)

Been listening to a bit of these oddballs recently. More New Wave than New Romantic maybe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IGxGIGGjKI

salvmaca - 14 Dec 2021 10:26:42 (#16 of 72)

I’m currently reading Dylan Jones’ Sweet Dreams, a history of the New Romantics. It’s mainly reminiscences of people involved, plus Jones’ writings about key events. Recommended if you want a good overview - the key players were ex-soul boys, and art school punks, who were all looking for the new thing after punk died.

SliceysLittleHelper - 14 Dec 2021 10:30:30 (#17 of 72)

Punks Not Dead!

TommyDCMBR8 - 14 Dec 2021 10:32:00 (#18 of 72)

Dunno about the rest, but neither Landscape nor M were one-hit wonders.

Eligelis - 14 Dec 2021 10:36:08 (#19 of 72)

Gary Numan - what a trooper. "Are Friends Electric?" Still sounds as fresh today as it did at the time.

Tinymcsmithy - 14 Dec 2021 10:53:38 (#20 of 72)

Bauhaus were goths.

Blancmange, same league as Japan. Kind of post new romantic slush.

The Buggles, Howard Jones, Erasure - pop shite.

Thompson Twins - new wave.

Art of Noise - dunno

Eurythmics, Yazoo, ABC - pop

Tubeway Army/Gary Numan - dunno

Giorgio Moroder, John Foxx - who?

Herbie Hancock - dunno

Heaven 17 - New Romantic/funk/indy crossover

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