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Tight Fit

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Synth Pop

Tight Fit

A1 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (Mbube)
A2 Fantasy Island
A3 Hearts Of Stone Break Hearts Of Glass
A4 One Two Three
A5 Secret Heart
B1 I'm Undecided
B2 Just A Moment Away
B3 One Thing Leads To Another
B4 Baby I'm Lost For Words
B5 Magic Eyes

Jive

Cat No: HIP 2
Released: 1982

£4.00

Rick Astley

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Cry For Help

A Cry For Help (6:26)
B1 Behind The Smile (4:33)
B2 Cry For Help (Album Version) (4:50)

RCA

Cat No: PT 44248
Released: 1991

£5.00

Trans-X

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Living On Video ('85 Big Mix)

A Living On Video ('85 Big Mix) (5:32)
B1 Living On Video (Dub Mix) (6:30)
B2 Digital World (3:30)

Boiling Point

Cat No: POSPX 650
Released: 1985

£5.00

Howard Jones

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Hide & Seek

A Hide And Seek (Long Version) (8:35)
B1 Tao Te Ching (3:48)
B2 China Dance (3:58)

WEA

Cat No: HOW 3T
Released: 1984

£5.00

Empire

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Talk Free

A Talk Free (Extended Version)
B1 Talk Free (7" Version) (3:50)
B2 Give Me Some Time (4:57)

Parlophone

Cat No: 12R 6175
Released: 1988

£4.00

Working Girls

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

You Talked Me Into It

A You Talked Me Into It
AA You Talked Me Into It (Instrumental)

B Ware Records

Cat No: UM 12 009
Released: 1989

£2.00

Various

Format: Vinyl Compilation
Genre: Synth Pop

Chart Hits 83 Vol 2

A1 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
A2 The Beat (2) Can't Get Used To Losing You
A3 Thompson Twins We Are Detective
A4 Will Powers Kissing With Confidence
A5 Black Lace Superman (Gioca Jouer)
A6 Herbie Hancock Rockit
A7 Fun Boy Three Our Lips Are Sealed
A8 Forrest Rock The Boat
B1 New Edition Candy Girl
B2 Eurythmics Love Is A Stranger
B3 JoBoxers Just Got Lucky
B4 Galaxy (4) Dancing Tight
B5 The Kinks Come Dancing
B6 Gary Byrd & The G.B. Experience The Crown

K-Tel

Cat No: NE 1256B
Released: 1983

£4.00

Various

Format: Vinyl Compilation
Genre: Synth Pop

Chart Hits 83 Vol 1

A1 KC & The Sunshine Band Give It Up
A2 Toto Africa
A3 Tom Robinson War Baby
A4 Musical Youth 007
A5 Ryan Paris Dolce Vita
A6 David Grant Watching You, Watching Me
A7 Bananarama Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
A8 Yazoo Nobody's Diary
B1 Men At Work Down Under
B2 Paul Young Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
B3 Club House Do It Again/Billie Jean
B4 Depeche Mode Everything Counts
B5 Nick Heyward Take That Situation
B6 Flash & The Pan Waiting For A Train
B7 Blancmange Blind Vision
B8 F.R. David Words

K-Tel

Cat No: NE 1256A
Released: 1983

£4.00

Men Without Hats

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

The Safety Dance (Extended Club Mix)

A The Safety Dance (4:32)
B1 I Got The Message (4:44)
B2 Antarctica (3:28)

Statik Records

Cat No: TAK 1/12
Released: 1982

£6.50

Dannii Minogue

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

I Don't Wanna Take This Pain

A1 I Don't Wanna Take This Pain (12" Version) (6:04)
A2 I Don't Wanna Take This Pain (Instrumental Version) (4:58)
B1 I Don't Wanna Take This Pain (7" Version) (3:23)
B2 Jump To The Beat (12" Mix) (6:42)

MCA Records

Cat No: MCST 1600
Released: 1991

£4.00

Feelabeelia

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Feel It

A Feel It (US Dance Mix)
B1 Feel It (Gonzo Mix)
B2 Feel It (Instrumental)

Interdisc

Cat No: 12 IN 11
Released: 1984

£4.00

RAH Band

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Falcon / Tokyo Flyer

A Falcon (6:52)
B Tokyo Flyer (4:30)

DJM Records

Cat No: DJR 18014
Released: 1980

£4.00

Patti Day

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Hot Stuff

A Hot Stuff (Extended Mix) (5:02)
B1 Hot Stuff (Club Mix) (6:06)
B2 Hot Stuff (Radio Edit) (3:30)

Starway Records, Inc.

Cat No: SWRT 5
Released: 1991

£4.00

Sly Fox

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

Let's Go All The Way

A Let's Go All The Way (5:10)
B1 Como Tu Te Llama? (What's Your Name?) (Extended Remix) (5:45)
B2 Como Tu Te Llama? (What's Your Name?) (Dub Version) (7:55)

Capitol Records

Cat No: 12CL 403
Released: 1986

£7.00

Dannii Minogue

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Synth Pop

I Don't Wanna Take This Pain

A1 I Don't Wanna Take This Pain (12" Version) (6:04)
A2 I Don't Wanna Take This Pain (Instrumental Version) (4:58)
B1 I Don't Wanna Take This Pain (7" Version) (3:23)
B2 Jump To The Beat (12" Mix) (6:42)

MCA Records

Cat No: MCST 1600
Released: 1991

£4.00

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Information on the Synth Pop genre

Synthpop is a genre of pop music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. It originated as part of the New Wave movement of the late 1970s and to mid-1980s, and it has continued to exist and develop ever since. It has seen a rise in popularity in the 21st century.

First wave: 1977-1990
Depeche Mode, one of the most successful synthpop bands of all time.

Giorgio Moroder paired up with Donna Summer in 1977 to release the electronic disco song I Feel Love. While a disco song first and foremost, the programmed, arpeggiated beats had a profound impact on the bands which would soon be known as synthpop. That same year, Ultravox member Warren Cann purchased a Roland TR-77 drum machine, which was first featured in their October 1977 single release Hiroshima Mon Amour.

In 1978, the first incarnation of the Human League of Sheffield, England released their debut single "Being Boiled". In the United States, Devo, who had been using synthesizers since their beginnings in 1975, moved towards a more electronic sound.

In the UK, the original synthesizer bands had a sound that was generally dark, moody and robotic and were more founded in an avant-garde, art rock aesthetic. In 1979, Tubeway Army, a little known outfit from West London, who dropped their initial punk rock image and topped the UK charts in the summer of 1979 with the single "Are Friends Electric?" and their album Replicas. This prompted the singer/songwriter, Gary Numan to go solo and in the same year he released the Kraftwerk inspired album, The Pleasure Principle which was another number one album, and he topped the singles charts for the second time with "Cars".

This Zeitgeist of revolution in electronic music performance and recording/production was encapsulated by then would be record producer, Trevor Horn of The Buggles in the international hit "Video Killed the Radio Star".

Giorgio Moroder collaborated with the band Sparks on their album, No. 1 In Heaven. Others were soon to follow, including Frank Tovey, who performed under the name Fad Gadget. Tovey who was signed to Daniel Miller's Mute Records and made use of "found objects" in his recordings such as bottles and razors. Daniel Miller himself had a role in the emerging futurist movement as a performer under the name The Normal which released a one-off single Warm Leatherette. Although the single did not chart, it became a cult favorite and has been covered by many artists since its release, including Grace Jones, Duran Duran and Nine Inch Nails.

The sounds of synthesizers came to dominate the pop music of the early 1980s as well as replacing disco in dance clubs in Europe. Other successful synthpop artists of this era included Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Heaven 17, Japan, Eurythmics, and Tears For Fears (though the latter two would branch out into a wider rock/pop sound). Real Life, Camouflage, Real Life, Modern Talking, Bananarama and others are bands of Synthpop style.

In early synthpop the synthesizer stood out and the music sounded eerie, sterile and slightly menacing. By the mid 1980's the technology had improved to the point that synthpop acts used the instrument to create a sound that resembled many instruments and allowed mainstream rock and pop acts to incorporate the synthesizer into their sound. At this point the synthesizer did not stand out and the differences between synthpop and mainstream music started to decrease. According to music writer Simon Reynolds the hallmark of original synthpop was its "emotional, at times operatic singers" such as Mark Almond, Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox.

In the United States, where synthpop is considered a sub genre of New Wave, the genre became popular in large part due to the cable music channel MTV. Real Life, Camuoflage, Real Life, Modern Talking, Bananarama and others are bands of Synthpop style.

Second wave, 2004 to present
Lights, Canadian synthpop singer who became popular in the late 2000s.
La Roux, British synthpop duo who achieved critical acclaim with their eponymous debut album in 2009.

Synthpop has also begun to re-emerge as some indie artists have incorporated the sound, slowly increasing the popularity of the genre. Some of the bands during the early-to-mid 2000s that helped the development of the genre have included Goldfrapp, The Postal Service, the Junior Boys, The Knife, and particularly The Killers, whose 2004 debut album Hot Fuss achieved widespread popularity and was considered an authentic throwback to 80s synthpop by many. However, their later works have moved away from the genre. LCD Soundsystem is another key artist in synthpop's development during the 21st century. MGMT's debut album Oracular Spectacular, originally released digitally in late 2007, achieved unprecedented success with their lead single "Kids" and has led the way for chart success for other synthpop and indie electronic acts such as Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Lights, Metric, Owl City (number 1 US single), Phoenix, Passion Pit, La Roux, and even the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who switched to an almost entirely electronic sound for their 2009 album It's Blitz! after being part of the garage rock revival movement earlier in the decade.

Out of all of the original 80s synthpop bands, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, and particularly Depeche Mode, although nowhere near the peak of their popularity during the '80s and early '90s, are among the only ones that continue to achieve international success.