The sonic possibilities that affordable technology bought to musicians in the late 70s/early 80s is remarkable. In this compilation we have some really abstract and beautiful tracks from the lost pioneers whom indirectly influenced wave upon wave of electronic genres.
While punk had been about nihilism and anarchy, Britain's synth revolution brought emotion and melancholy back into British pop. The lyrics could be the redundancy of radio DJs (The Human League's WXJL Tonight) to the solemn vastness of power stations (OMD's Sealand) and even love songs (Patrik Fitzgerald's Personal Loss).
By the mid eighties the war was won and synths dominated contemporary pop, in America as well as Britain, but the questing oddness of the UK's first pioneer wave had been lost, only to be rediscovered at the end of the decade by black musicians in New York, Detroit and Chicago. This compilation includes some of the biggest names of the period 1979-83 as well as a clutch of overlooked records and atmospheric obscurities. Like English Weather before it, The Technology Of Tears takes a fresh look at a transitional era in British pop. It features China Crisis, Simple Minds, Thomas Leer, Soft Cell, John Foxx, Chris and Cosey, Human League and more.
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