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...
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.
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.
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?".
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".
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.
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.