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SR7 (Synthezisers Rules 1979-1985) – Various Artists



A new year has arrived and at last I have got some time to post something on IWSBM. So here is the final syntheziser rules compilation
. On number seven I have collected 25 scandinavian gems. It's streched up to 1985 to include some personal favourites.

1. Organ/Organ
2. Venuksesta itään/Argon
3. Happy Funural/Kitchen And The Plastic Spoons
4. Betongklump in i Fönstret/Ståålfågel
5. Dansande Man/Page
6. Under Your Control/Seppuku
7. Life In A Goldfish Bowl/Baard
8. To Night/Cosmic Overdose
9. Boy/Twice A Man
10. Bettan Står i Baren/Dc Pöbeln
11. Stadvisan/Njurmännen
12. Hjärtan Av Glas/Odd Stories
13. Tristess No. 3/GPJ
14. John/Dom Dummaste
15. Pablo Picasso/Martin Rössel & Dum Dum Boys
16. Knust Knekt/Svart Klovn
17. Tap Dance for Scientists/Fra Lippo Lippi
18. Oral Pleasure/3rd Man
19. The Aerage Life/Moral
20. I Throw Punches/Friz Be
21. Soldier Toy/Holy Toy
22. Lebensraum/Bitch Boys
23. Slow Death/Leather Nun
24. Flowers of Evil/Cortex
25. Blinkar Blå/Adolphson & Falk

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SR6 (Synthezisers Rules 1978-1983) - Various Artists


(image) Number six in the SR series is more of the English speaking stuff.

1. The Condos/Iron Curtain
2. Another Reason/Five Or Six
3. Sordide Affair/Richard Bone
4. Clone/Greg Vandike
5. Do Different Dances/Spoon Fazer
6. Airways/Reducers
7. Certain Reality/Modern Mannequins
8. Video Boys/Circuit 7
9. Across the Fence/Portion Control
10. Synthesize/Autumn
11. T.V. Me/The Distributors
12. Berlin/Blue Sound
13. Collision of Sex/Burlesque
14. Fade/League of Nations
15. All Rights Reserved/Fred
16. Breakdown/Carol
17. Hands In The Dark/R.L. Crutchfield's Dark Day
18. Useless Information/Thealonian Music
19. Urban Catastrophy/Ensemble Pittoresque
20. Airlines/Our Daughters Wedding
21. Nite Time Rhythm/One Plus One
22. Is All I Need/The Naughtiest Girl Was a Monitor
23. You Think/Xex
24. Is There An Exit/Absolute Body Control
25. Thank You/Chrisma

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R. Stevie Moore - Hobbies Galore His Best Sixteen (Lostfrog 2005)


Before I post another SR compilation I just have to give you this link to this free compilation of the D.I.Y. King R. Stevie Moore. has made this available and it's full of fantastic pop. A really good start to the world of R. Stevie Moore.

1. I Wanna Hit You
2. Puttin' Up The Groceries
3. Don't Let Me Go To The Dogs
4. I Go Into Your Mind
5. Play Myself Some Music
6. Schoolgirl
7. I've Begun To Fall In Love
8. Ethan Sequence
9. I Want You In My Life
10. Why Should I Love You
11. I Hope That You Remember
12. Norway
13. Sort Of Way
14. Dewey Decimal System
15. I Wish I Could Sing
16. Hobbies Galore

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Read about R. Stevie Moore here and here

SR5 (Synthesizers Rules 1978-1983) - Various Artists


(image) This compilation has the strange synth stuff. It's not industrial more on the popside of weirdness. Actually it's a lot of fun. Here it is anyway.

1. D'ya Think I'm Sexy?/Hybrid Kids
2. Picassos on the Wall/Van Kaye + Ignit
3. Cardboard Lamb/Crash Course In Science
4. Let's Kill Each Other/Surplus Stock
5. Sentimental/Those Little Aliens
6. Party/Polyphonic Size
7. 12-Bar-64/AD Conspiracy
8. Pulp Baby/Systematics
9. Beak/Monitor
10. In The Army/Blah Blah Blah
11. Gerry and The Holograms/Gerry and The Holograms
12. Constantinople/The Residents
13. My Life 1.2.3/Picky Picnic
14. Get Away Dark Side/Roter Rot
15. Midnight Train/Ende Shneafliet
16. The Asthma Game/Brian Brain
17. Time/Minny Pops
18. Precious/I.U.D.
19. Nothing There/Easter and the Totem
20. It Never Rains In Outer Space/Futurhythm
21. Get Away Wisdom/Zyx
22. Ecraser La Vermine/Ptose
23. Paedophile Information Exchange/Esplendor Geometrico
24. Ringing In The Sane/Ceramic Hello
25. The Model/Snakefinger

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SR4 (Synthesizers Rules 1978-1983) - Various Artists


(image) Number four looks at the Germans. It's some fun stuff here and again wonderful pop. And absolutely no Body!

1. Kebabtraume/D.A.F.
2. Da Vorne Steht Ne Ampel/Der Plan
3. Wir Sind Glücklich/Stahlnetz
4. Ich Komme Aus der DDR/Gleitzeit
5. Erde 80/Christog Glowalla
6. Deutsches Mädchen/The Actor
7. Deutschland Brennt/D.U.R.
8. Sentimental/Träneninvasion
9. Weißes Haus/Monopol
10. Die Gesunden Kommen/Die Gesunden
11. Tausend Jahre/Zwischenfall
12. Berühren/Profil
13. Spiegelbild/Gorilla Aktiv
14. Macht Mich Gluecklich Wie Nie/Palais Schaumburg
15. Raumkrank/Im Namen des Volkes
16. Die Wespendomina/Die Dominas
17. Rosa Brille/Deutsche Schäferhunde
18. Verlangen/Matthias Schuster
19. Fluß/Rheingold
20. ..Und Es Geht Ab/Piefke & Pafke
21. Fred Vom Jupiter/Die Doraus & Die Marinas
22. Jupp Pütta/Bottroper Hammerchor
23. Angriff Auf's Schlaraffenland /Die Radierer
24. Hiroshima/Säurekeller
25. Der Kommissar/The Wirtschaftswunder

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SR3 (Synthesizers Rules 1978-1983) - Various Artists


(image) The next one out in the SR series has the French (well some are actually Germans) in focus. New Wavish and some instrumental but still very pop. Voila!

1. Mercenaire Solitaire/Moderne
2. Poupée De Circe, Poupée De Con/Jeanette und das Land Z
3. Pilotes/Performance
4. Rien Ne Va Plus/Bal Paré
5. Exposition Partie 5/Phillippe Laurent
6. So Young But So Cold/KaS Product
7. Disco Rough/Mathematiques Modernes
8. Pakmovast/Telex
9. Generator (Laserbeam)/Tim Blake
10. Magic Fly/Space
11. 20h25/C K C
12. La Machine à Rêver/X Ray Pop
13. Pretty Day/Marie Moor
14. Ersatz/Guerre Froide
15. La Manege/Pavillon 7b
16. If I´m Not A Killer/End Of Data
17. Visions/Fall Of Saigon
18. Your Passion/Martin Dupont
19. Carnival/Metal Boys
20. Euroman/J.J. Burnell
21. S.O.S. Mannekin/Taxi Girl
22. Touche Pas Mon Sexe/The Comix
23. La Transformation/Guyer's Connection
24. Cocaina Vitamina/ADN CKrystall
25. Cosmic Race/Rockets

Download here

Read more about French New Wave here

SR2 (Synthesizers Rules 1978-1983) - Various Artists


(image) Here is the second SR compilation. It's focused on English speaking vocals.

1. The Human Factor/Music For Pleasure
2. No Turning Back/Shox
3. Digital Dance/Anti Matter
4. What Good's A Hit Song/Tone Set
5. Nowhere/Snowy Red
6. Elevator/Iko
7. 10th Planet/Solid Space
8. Personal Surrender/Andrew Horrey
9. Science Fiction/Alan Burnham
10. Justice Not Vengeance/A Popular History of Signs
11. Riot Squad/Vice Versa
12. Love Is Strange/Ciaran Harte
13. Bizarre Disco/Interior
14. The Cabinet/Das Kabinette
15. The Future Now/Psychic Youth
16. A.G.N.E.S./1000 Ohm
17. Destitution/Camera Obscura
18. Unfamiliar Room/Testcard F
19. See No Reason/Metropolis
20. In Ultra Violet/Cinema 90
21. Do Not/Instant Music
22. Computer/The Microbes
23. Direct Lines/The Electronic Circus
24. Justification/The Metronomes
25. Big Man/Plus Instruments

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SR1 (Synthesizers Rules 1978-1983) - Various Artists


(image) This is what I've been doing lately. Listening to old synth stuff. It started this summer after I made the shoegazer compilations. I wanted to do a playlist for myself with new wave post-punk synth like Tuxedomoon, Cabaret Voltaire and so on. Soon I found myself in a sea of minimal wave, flexipop compilations, french new wave, and rare synth singles. It was wonderful! Anyway it's a jungle out there and here is the best (I think) of what I found. If you want to know and hear more you should visit blogs like Viva flexipop, Mutant Sounds, Soundhead, Saltyka, Minimal Wave, Old Punks Analog Cyberpunk Page, Phoenix Hairpins to name a few. It's alot good stuff out there. I'm a sucker for pop so it tends to lean on the popier side. So without further a do. Here's the first of the SR (Synthesizer Rules) compilations. Enjoy!

SR 1
1. New Machine/Tuxedomoon
2. TVOD/The Normal
3. Something Came Over Me/Throbbing Gristle
4. Kick That Habit Man/Monte Cazazza
5. Private Plane/Thomas Leer
6. Day Breaks, Night Heals/Thomas Leer and Robert Rental
7. Double Heart/Robert Rental
8. Back To Nature/Fad Gadget
9. Definition Of Honour/Second Layer
10. Blank Clocks/The Future
11. The Dignity of Labour (part 1)/The Human League
12. Stay With Me Tonight/Alex Fergusson
13. I Think I Think Too Much/Ed Sirrs
14. Living In A Vacuum/Higher Primates
15. Love By Number/Ash Wednesday
16. Memphis, Tennessee/Silicon Teens
17. Mekano/SPK
18. Nag Nag Nag/Cabaret Voltaire
19. Digital Stimulation/The Units
20. King of the Rumbling Spires/The Fast Set
21. Sleep Don't Talk/UV Pop
22. Sleep/Voice Farm
23. Keep Your Dreams/Suicide
24. Heartbeat/Chris & Cosey
25. Underpass/John Foxx

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Moderne - "Moderne" (Arabella 1980)


(image) Hello again! A long time no see. I've been moving and stuff and had have too little time. Anyway, during the summer I've been listen to a lot of old synthpop/ minimalwave stuff from the early eighties so I'll be back soon with a compilation of old syntheziser goodies. Meantime listen to this french LP from 1980. It's from the french group Moderne. Moderne got together in 1979 in Tours, south of Paris. They released two albums and a couple of singles in the early eighties. This record was actually mixed in a studio in Düsseldorf where Kraftwerk recorded their first two albums (there some trivia for you).


Moderne at Myspace

Skywave - "Synthstatic" (Blisscent 2003)


(image) When I was making the shoegazer compilations I run into this little somewhat forgotten noisegem from 2003. Skywave split up after this LP and the members can now be found in the bands Ceremony and A Place To Bury Strangers (also included on the shoegazer compilations)

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Cheepskates - " It Wings Above" (Music Maniac 1988)


(image) This powerpop favourite of mine from 1988 is listed as #49 of all time power pop albums by John M. Borack in his book Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide It's even better than that!

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12 Reasons -08 Mix-tape


Usually I post old stuff here but today as a homeage to the buzzcock-bootleg "Twelve Reasons" I made this mix-tape of 12 favourites of 2008 releases. There all awesome so check 'em out!

Shoegazers needs feedback 3 - Various Artists


(image) The third of four compilations of shoegazers to celebrate the return of My Bloody Valentine.

Shoegazer needs feedback 3:
Drain Cosmetics / Serena Maneesh
Too Many Times / Ceremony
Never Understand / The Jesus and Mary Chain
Don't Slip / Meat Whiplash
See Me Feel / The Charlottes
Wear This Dress / Skywave
To Fix the Gash In Your Head / A Place To Bury Strangers
When You're Sad / AR Kane
Why Won't You Talk About It? / The Radio Dept.
She Screamed / Ultra Vivid Scene
Temporal / Secret Shine
Right Now / Bailter Space
Take Them Out / South Ambulance
Geraldine / Glasvegas
Sleeper / Malory
Like An Ion / Sciflyer
23 / Blonde Redhead
Vanishing act / Monster Movie
What Is Left Unsaid / Moscow Olympics
You'll Never Get That Guy / The Manhattan Love Suicide
Sun Is Cruising / The Fauns
The Means / Bethany Curve
Black Sun / Loop
Follow Mine / A Beautiful Machine
Gravity Grave / The Verve

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Shoegazers needs feedback 2 - Various Artists



Here is the second of four compilation of shoegazers.

Shoegazers needs feedback 2:
For Ex-Lovers Only / Black Tambourine
Balloon / Catherine Wheel
Like Flowers At Night / Panda Riot
Zodalovers / Pia Fraus
Tidals / Air Formation
Never See You Smile / The Airfields
On Our Own / The Meeting Places
Sisters / Blind Mr.Jones
Thinktank / Airiel
Glass In My Mouth / Highspire
The Soft Attack / The Daysleepers
Hakuchume / Cruyff In The Bedroom
Angelica Take Me Down / Alcian Blue
To Myself / Sianspheric
Over Driver / Astrobrite
Satellite / Fleeting Joys
On High / Soundpool
Two Wonderful Stars / The Curtain Society
Thursday / Asobi Seksu
You Know Nothing, You Try Too Hard / How Do I
Chance / Mahogany
Hearts on Fire / Rumskib
* / m83
On My Own / Ulrich Schnauss
More Like Space / Seefeel

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Shoegazers needs feedback 1 - Various Artists


(image) To celebrate the return of My Bloody Valentine I have compiled a Top 100 of shoegazers. This is an all time favourite list of mine. It's one artist one song and it's more feedback than spacy dreampop here. Thanx alot to blogs like Shoegazer Alive and OriaNi_K to help me find some old and new favs. If you like this check em out.

Shoegazers needs feedback 1 :
You Made Me Realise / My Bloody Valentine
Sometime Soon She Said / The Boo Radleys
Taste / Ride
Slowdive / Slowdive
She Rides The Waves / Pale Saints
Time baby II / Medicine
Coward / Moonshake
Crystal Eyes / The Nightblooms
There Is No Floor / The Telescopes
Wish / Flying Saucer Attack
Mother Sky / Th’ Faith Healers
Pancake / The Swirlies
Winona / Drop Nineteens
Jack / Moose
Sunshine Smile / Adorable
Sugar Your Mind / Swallow
Leaves Me Cold / Lush
Galaxy / Curve
Never Lose That Feeling / Swervedriver
Feel The Same / Chapterhouse
Heaven Sent An Angel / Revolver
I Want You / Spiritualized
Sand On Fire / Kitchens Of Distinction
Ginger / Lilys
Hazel Would / Starflyer 59

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How Do I - Pluto (Cloudland 1993)


(image) This Danish band took a different view on shoegaze on their first LP Submarine which I hope to post as soon as I can digitalise it. This is their second LP. Less noisy but still great pop tunes. One of my favourite LPs actually. The drummer and song writer Anders Remmer can now be found in such a great band as People Press Play and Dub Tractor.

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The Nightblooms - The Nightblooms (Fierce 1992)


(image) I'm been listen to a lot of old shoegaze stuff lately. I just wanted to share this one with you. This Dutch band was one of best back then.

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The Prefects - "Are Amateur Wankers" (Acute 2004)


(image) The Prefects never released anything during their lifetime but is still a legendary punk group and this compilation makes you understand why.

Read about it here

Buy it here

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Television Personalities - Privilege (Fire 1989)


(image) This is one of my all time favourite album. This was a kind of comeback LP back then and it's very well produced and full of the best sides of TVP's.
This download includes the b-side of the " Salvador Dali's Garden Party" 12".
Pure pop magic!

Read about it here

Buy it here

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The Indie Scene: 1977 - 1986


(image) Some time now since the last post. I found this blog where you can download all the "Indie Scene: The Story of British Indiependent Music". from 1977 - 1986. There is a lot of great stuff there.

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The Indie Scene 1979: The Story of British Independent Music (Connoisseur Collection 1991)


(image) Here is the third since long deleted compilation of classic underground hits. Here is some more of that great stuff.
Track list:
1 Bouncing Babies - Teardrop Explodes
2 Novelty - Joy Division
3 Rowche Rumble - The Fall
4 Cold City - Spizz Oil
5 Suicide a Go Go - Big In Japan
6 Red Planet - Comsat Angels
7 Nag Nag Nag - Cabaret Voltaire
8 Are Friends Electric? - Tubeway Army
9 Back to Nature - Fad Gadget
10 Nothing Special - Big In Japan
11 Love Song - The Damned
12 New Way - The Wall
13 People Say - The Go-Betweens
14 He's Frank - The Monochrome Set
15 Hunted - The Passions
16 7 Teen - The Regents
17 Lucky Number - Lene Lovich
18 They don't Know - Kirsty McColl
19 Emotional Traffic - The Rumour
20 The Prince - Madness
21 Tears of a Clown - The Beat
22 On my Radio - The Selecter

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The Indie Scene 1978: The Story of British Independent Music (Connoisseur Collection 1991)


(image) Here is the second since long deleted compilation of classic underground hits. Here is some great punk pop gems. Here's the track list:

1 The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
2 Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
3 The Lurkers - Ain't Got a Clue
4 Angelic Upstarts - The Murder of Liddle Towers
5 Mekons - Where Were You
6 The Fall - Bingo Masters Breakout
7 Television Personalities - Part Time Punks
8 Snatch - All I Want
9 Wayne County & The Electric Chairs - Eddie and Sheena
10 Klark Kent - Don't Care
11 Jilted John - Jilted John
12 Lene Lovich - I Think We're Alone Now
13 Television Personalities - Where's Bill Grundy Now?
14 The Undertones - True Confessions
15 Rudi - Big Time
16 Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love
17 The Nips - All the Time in the World
18 The Doll - Desire Me
19 The Stranglers - Five Minutes
20 Protex - Don't Ring Me Up
21 The Teardrop Explodes - Sleeping Gas
22 Joy Division - Glass
23 The Normal - Warm Leatherette
24 Tubeway Army - Bombers

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Stereolab - Free Witch And No Bra Queen (Duophonic 2001)


(image) This Stereolab single was the tour single for the sound-dust tour in 2001.

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Read about it here

Stereolab - Rose, My Rocket-Brain! (Duophonic 2004)


(image) Here is another rare single by Stereolab. It was the tour single for the Magrine Eclipse tour in 2004.

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Read about it here

Stereolab - The Underground is Coming (Duophonic 1999)


(image) This EP I bought a couple of years ago in London. It's great stuff!

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Read about it here