[Video] Goin’ Old School: Heaven 17 and Depeche Mode

 

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

In light of ex-Prime Minister Margret Thatcher’s death, let’s have a couple of track that sum up Thatcher’s Britain. First, Heaven 17’s awesome Penthouse And Pavement from 1981

And Master And Servant by Depeche Mode from 1984.

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[MP3] The Penelopes reMix David Bowie

 

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As the world goes Nile Rodgers crazy and the man takes his long deserved rightful place as the lord and master of all music everywhere, London based French ElectroPoppers The Penelopes turn their attentions to one of Rodger’s most famous productions. Having completely defined the sound of the early 80s, Nile poured all that into David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album and it’s lead single.

The Penelopes do an amazing job of keeping the feel of the record, replacing Niles post-Disco licks with robotic boogie. Loaded up with warbling apreggios and stabbing, retro sounding, synths riding over the perfect funky rendition of the tracks bassline, deep and Moogy, this reMix is a brave endeavour (I mean, who reMixes Bowie well?) but actually pulls it off. The Penelopes rock up to stand shoulder to shoulder with both Bowie and Rodgers and hold their own. Excellent stuff.

David Bowie – Let’s Dance (The Penelopes reMix)

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Thomas Dolby, Blancmange & Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish

 

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

We kick off this week with the craziness that is Thomas Dolby’s 1984 Hyperactive!.

And from 1982 Blancmange’s Living On The Ceiling.

finally some HiNRG in the form of Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish, the genius, with Male Stripper from 1987.

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Thompson Twins & Bronski Beat

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

A couple of ElectroPop legends this week, starting with Thompson Twins’ smoothness from 1983, Hold Me Now.

And classic Bronski Beat’s 1984 hit Why?.

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[Video] Going Old School: Yazoo & Neneh Cherry

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

First up, Yazoo unbelievable smash hit and most recognisable tune Don’t Go. The breakthrough in combining electronic and soul from1982.

And a just post-Buffalo Stance Neneh Cherry with the The Dynamik Duo produced Kisses On The Wind from 1989.

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Casco & Soft Cell

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

Today get your ears around Casco’s absolute Italo classic from 1983. Cybernetic Love.

And from 1981, Soft Cell ode to London, Bedsitter.

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Rational Youth & My Mine

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

Canadian SynthPop legends Rational Youth third single from 1982, Saturdays In Silesia.

And Italo trio My Mine’s début single. Blurring the line between Italo and SynthPop is Hypnotic Tango from 1983.

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Cabaret Voltaire and Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force

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

Two of our favourite tracks this week, starting with the mighty Cabaret Voltaire and 1983’s Just Fascination.

And Renegades Of Funk!, also from 1983, one of Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force best.

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Squash Gang and Latin Lover

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

Here’s we have some classic Italo in the form of Squash Gang’s 1986 hit I Want An Illusion.

And some cheesy, but funky, magic from Latin Lover’s 195 Italo tune, Casanova Action.

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Heaven 17, The Human League & Pet Shop Boys

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

It’s our last Goin’ Old School before X-mas, so we’re going to continue the TOTP theme with some actual X-Mas TOTP performances, starting with Heaven 17‘s Temptation from 1983.

Followed swiftly be a 1981 performance of Don’t You Want Me by The Human League.

And ending with the Pet Shop Boys in 1988 with Heart.

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