Early Synth-Pop Years Through 12 Songs

The Synth-pop era of music is definitely one of my loves, like many of us who have siblings my older brother had a great influence on my tastes in music. Often having no choice in what I listened to when I was young, I only came to fully appreciate this phenomenal time in music as I grew older so thank you all those older siblings out there.

What is Synth-pop?

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Key Bands of the 2Tone Era

Emerging from the sounds of ska which originated in Jamaica, 2Tone which was named after the record label began in the late 1970’s. In essence it was a ska revival.

Using a large array of instruments including brass, keyboards and strings with a walking bass line being dominant often in the tracks ska moved across the world from Jamaica to Coventry in England which influenced the 2Tone sound of bands like Madness, The Selecter and in my opinion probably the best band The Beat. Continue reading

The Origins of Ska with Seven Songs

The British Ska (also known as 2Tone) period during the late 1970’s and early 80’s was a time of tense political opinion in the U.K. With many periods like this great music is often the result.

The Ska sound originally from Jamaica predated the sounds of both rocksteady and reggae. Continue reading

Ten Great Mod Revival Bands You Should Know

In my previous post ‘Six songs that inspired the Mod revival’  I looked at bands from the 60’s that influenced the Mod revival, let’s take a closer look at the bands that were part of the powerful Mod scene from 1979.

The late 1970s Mod revival combined musical and cultural elements of the 1970’s pub rock, punk rock and new wave music genres and had influences from the 1960s Mod and beat music bands such as The Who, Small Faces and The Kinks. Continue reading