Synth-pop, as a Discogs style tag, can apply to pretty much any pop music dominated by synthetic sounds. Before non-electronic music was allowed in the database, the tag was applied quite liberally in order to justify the inclusion of dance records from the pop and R&B club scenes, and is still used fairly broadly. The synth-pop genre, though, primarily originates in late 1970s/early 1980s New Wave, the post-punk “alternative” rock movement that encompasses a wide range of styles and attitudes. There are some non-New Wave synth-pop bands like Pet Shop Boys, but on the whole, the synth-pop scene of the 1980s was dominated by a faction of New Wave bands that embraced the use of electronic instruments and relatively light, dance-oriented songwriting, yet still retained a fairly typical four-piece rock-band structure (percussion, lead instrument, bass instrument, vocal). Most synth-pop combines electronic and other instruments, plus strong vocals and melodies, and elements of whatever dance music styles are popular at the time. The music generally isn’t very experimental, serious, or dark, but some synth-pop bands like The Human League and members of the “minimal wave” scene explored a more alternative, moody sound at times. Synth-pop enjoys revivals now and then, with new bands deliberately paying homage to the old sounds, or just stumbling onto a similar aesthetic in their experimentation with styles.
12” – Vinyl
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
Inside out print, Stickers and lyricsheet included. 140g of black vinyl.
let em talk 02:25
leave on time 03:52
sad song 03:23
government of crime 02:38
i fool me 03:52
on my own 05:12
mind your own business 02:33
this world 05:44
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ELEPHANTS NEVER SLEEP – Jungle 7″
Fehlproduktion RP-17556 (C-76.10227-01); 1985. Unique sounding Nürnberg/Berlin-based minimal wavePunk trio (think: raw 3-chord punk ala MITTAGSPAUSE melting up with the postPunkish approach of more experimental UK acts ala EYELESS IN GAZA and THEATRE OF HATE in their early days) consisting of the – then – couple Gabriele ‘Gabi’ Richter and Ludwig ‘Luggi’ Thoma (both ex- FIX & FERTIG [a Nürnberg-based MinimalWave band with two great tape-only albums under their belt; not to be confused with the NDW quintet from Gießen of the very same name signed to Intercord]) plus Klaus ‘Luzi’ Loos (ex- MADMEN) with sole release of which 1500 copies were made (most housed in an oversized concert flyer); other songs: Bad Day, Houses Of Motion, War, Time Is Running, Every Morning. ELEPHANTS NEVER SLEEP put the concept of members constantly changing instruments into action, supported Dutch GRUPPO SPORTIVO at the ‘Rote Fabrik’ in Zürich, even tracked down a (lost) video to their still unreleased tune ‘Reach The Sun’, but were hopelessly late for the trend. Ludwig Thoma went on with SOFT TOYS ANIMALS, LUDWIG THOMA GOES POP, HOUSES OF PANCAKES (since 1994), HEIMDALL PROJECT (since 2003), LTJ AQUATIC and LUDWIG THOMA & FRIENDS.