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My MP3 player just threw some Modern English at me; they seem to alternate between being Bauhaus-lite and blue-eyed soul.

The '80s were a weird time...

Current Music:
Modern English - Hands Across The Sea
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On September 30th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC), substitute commented:
wow
You mean they had a song other than "Melt with You"?
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On September 30th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: wow
Oddly enough, that's not on the best-of CD of theirs I picked up last week.

We are talking about the same mid-80s 4AD band, aren't we?
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On September 30th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC), substitute replied:
Re: wow
Yeah, same guys. "Melt with you" was a Happy Fun Dance Song that was a big hit in the States. It's the only song of theirs anyone ever heard over here. Apparently their other stuff sounds more 4AD.

They're one of the one-hit wonders of the 80s for U.S. listeners.
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On September 30th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: wow
Sounds a bit like The Wolfgang Press, another 4AD band who started doing vaguely gothy drone-rock and noisy experimental jams and ended up making a shiny dance album (only in the 1990s). Or, indeed M/A/R/R/S.
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On September 30th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC), gths replied:
Re: wow
The Wolfgang Press, now what song did they do? They're stuck somewhere next to Webb Wilder in my memories...

M/A/R/R/S. Heh. I remember reading an article on the label, where they quote Vaughan Oliver (the v23/Envelope 23 guy) saying that "Pump Up The Volume" had the absolute worst cover they'd ever done. Cool song, though - I remember it lobbing up on one of the Saturday morning video shows and wondering "what the hell is this?".
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On October 1st, 2004 12:28 am (UTC), reddragdiva replied:
Re: wow
Wolfgang Press started off sounding like a slower Sisters clone, though they eventually grew some individuality. "Born To Be Kissed" (1991) was heavily playlisted on JJJ.
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On October 1st, 2004 04:59 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: wow
Was Cut The Tree from their Sisters-clone period? What was Born To Be Kissed like?
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On October 1st, 2004 04:20 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Wolfgang Press
They had "Cut The Tree" on the Lonely Is An Eyesore compilation, and an album or two. Their dance-friendly 90s album was called, I believe, "Funky Little Demons"; the noisy experimental one they did in the 80s was "Standing Up Straight".
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On October 1st, 2004 12:21 am (UTC), reddragdiva replied:
Re: wow
There's a Modern English 'best-of' without "Melt With You"? Jesus fuck. It was in fact about the best thing they ever did. That and write "Sixteen Days" and "Gathering Dust" which were the original A-sides that "Song To The Siren" was intended as the B-side for.

After they left 4AD they did an unspeakably awful album for WEA called Stop Start (1986). You'd hardly believe it was the same band, except v23 did the sleeve.
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On October 1st, 2004 04:25 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
Re: wow
I think it's a best-of; it appears to be a retrospective compilation, anyway.

I have the This Mortal Coil versions of 16 Days/Gathering Dust (I bought the 128kbps MP3s 4AD were selling for a while); they are good.
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