Goin’ Old School: Nitzer Ebb, The Shamen, Duran Duran

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Nitzer Ebb’s Control, I’m Here from1988. Classic Ebb, before they went a bit funny.

The Shamen 1988 Indie hit Jesus Loves Amerika. Not moving any mountain now are we? The Shamen, post-Industrial, pre-Mr. C.

1981 saw Duran Duran’s chart breakthrough with Planet Earth. It stared a revolution.

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Goin’ Old School: Trans-X, Pop Will Eat Itself & Soul II Soul

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Power Italo first from Trans-X and Message On The Radio from 1986, it’s now all Living On Video y’know!

The the mighty Pop Will Eat Itself’s Def Con One from 1988.

And from 1988, Soul II Soul’s first release, the Rose Windross featuring Fairplay.

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Goin’ Old School: Chic, EMF & Break Machine

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

The funky as hell Hangin’ (falsely titled Hangin’ Out here) from the legendary Chic in 1982.

In 1989 EMF mashed up Pop, Indie, House, ElectroPop and Hip Hop with their breakthrough Unbelievable. Derry was an inspiration to keyboard players everywhere.

Almost completely copying their first hit Street Dance, Here’s Break Machine’s hilarious follow up, Break Dance Party, from 1984.

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Goin’ Old School: Tricky Disco, Modern Talking & Alphaville

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

1989’s Tricky Disco from Tricky Disco. Not nearly as funny now, I guess you had to be there.

From 1985, ItaloPop with Modern Talking’s You Can Win If You Want.

Alphaville’s epic original version of Forever Young from 1984.

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Goin’ Old School: Visage, Coldcut , Lisa Stansfield & Japan

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Kicking off in the very early ‘80’s, Mind Of A Toy from Visage in 1981.

From 1989, on TOTP, Coldcut and Lisa Stansfield’s People Hold On.

The second most recognisable arpeggio of all time? Japan’s Quite Life from 1981.

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Unreleased track from hardCORPS

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Well here’s an interesting treat for a Tuesday morning. A previously unreleased track from legendary avant-garde SynthPop act hardCORPS. Bravo was a live staple for the band around the mid to late ‘80’s but never made it’s way to release.

From around 1986, Bravo, is a sublime, pulsating, slice of ‘80’s Futurism. A post-Industrial robotic march tempered by swelling, evocative, synth chords. The soundtrack to a dystopian metropolis, hardCOPRS have always blended a raw brutality with pure beauty. Regine’s vocals drift across the track like smoke curling through the city, guiding the listener through the musical dark alleyways. No-one really does futurism like this anymore, which is a pity. All-in-all this track has really made my day.

♫ hardCORPS – Bravo (Unreleased)

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Goin’ Old School: just the Pet Shop Boys

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Pet Shop Boys’ new single ‘Winner’ is out today, it’s awesome stuff that we will bring you one their label sort their lives out, but today we’ll dedicate Going’ Old School to Britain’s finest SynthPop duo, starting with 1986’s Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money).

The tail end of the ‘80’s with Domino Dancing from 1988.

And the utter classic from  1987, It’s A Sin.

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Goin’ Old School: Krush, Savage & Information Society

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Here’s the first track to be featured on Goin’ Old School twice! We love it that much! Krush’s House Arrest from 1987. One of the best record ever made.

Savage bring the Italo this week with1984’s Only You.

And a bit of American SynthPop for  Information Society with What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) from 1988

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Goin’ Old School: Thompson Twins, Pamala Stanley & Vangelis

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Some TOTP to start with, Thompson Twins with ‘Love On Your Side’ from 1983.

Pamala Stanley’s Italo fuelled DiscoPop from 1983,  ‎’Coming Out Of Hiding’.

OK, so it’s not a music video, but it is the first two minutes of the greatest movie ever made with the greatest soundtrack ever written. Vangelis’ ‘BladeRunner Main Titles’ from 1982 (although not properly released, not counting the New American Orchestra version, until 1994).

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Drop Out Orchestra’s ‘The Edits’

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Wednesday seems like a kinda’ off the wall day of the week to release an album, but Swedish Disco duo Drop Out Orchestra have never been a pair to shy away from the off the wall. Take their new release, a who album of disco edits, mostly of ‘80’s Pop songs. there’s some real genius in that.

Brushing aside the legality of releasing an album of, essentially, reMixes of other people songs, which we’re not even going to think about, Drop Out Orchestra’s ‘The Edits’ is an awesome collection of Funked out version of tunes we all know and love. Much of the time these track go way beyond the remit of an ‘edit’, often played live in the studio with four or five musicians. The album plays like a tour through the catchier side of the ‘80’s on a bus full of drunk disco musicians. Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge’s House classic ‘It’s All Right’ gets a speedy update that keeps the vocal and piano hook intact but layers think new slabs of Boogie and a fast fingered bassline. Other highlights of the record include a smoothed over version of Robyn’s ‘Hang With Me’, which becomes a shiny lazy Disco groove. Duran Duran’s ‘Girls On Film’ is morphed into a wicked riffed, dubbed out, cosmic jam and off-the-wall-est of all Bros’ ‘When I Will I Be Famous?’ in a Moog laden Acid tweaking collision with a guitar solo. Drop Out Orchestra obviously had a lot of fun putting these tracks together, and we certainly had a lot of fun listening to them.

Drop Out Orchestra – Pounds Sterling (Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge – It’s All Right (Drop Out Orchestra reMix (Edit)))

♫ Drop Out Orchestra – Hang Out (Robyn – Hang With Me (Drop Out Orchestra Rework))

♫ Drop Out Orchestra – Famous (Bros – When Will I Be Famous? (Drop Out Orchestra Rework (Edit))

♫ Drop Out Orchestra – Girls On Dub (Duran Duran – Girls On Film (Drop Out Orchestra Rework (Edit))

Drop Out Orchestra’s ‘The Edits’ is released today on Juno.

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