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 Post subject: Greatest Synth Pop Artists
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:01 pm 
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Starting to think about this list... I'll probably limit it to 50 entries. Here are some names being considered:

Kraftwerk
Depeche Mode
The Human League
New Order
Gary Numan / Tubeway Army
Pet Shop Boys
Yellow Magic Orchestra
Ultravox
Soft Cell
Yello
Eurythmics
Yazoo
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Erasure
Tears for Fears
Heaven 17
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Buggles
Hot Butter
Bronski Beat
a-ha
Visage
Howard Jones
Telex
Thomas Dolby
John Foxx
Thompson Twins
Junior Boys
Fad Gadget
Trans-X
Cut Copy
Information Society
Alphaville
Propaganda


*Noteworthy artists who have dabbled in the style, though are not primarily synth pop (and therefore probably won't be included in the main list):

A Flock of Seagulls (new wave)
ABC (new romantic, pop)
The Art of Noise (electronic, electro)
The Associates (new wave, post-punk)
Cabaret Voltaire (industrial, post-punk)
Dead or Alive (hi-nrg)
Devo (new wave, post-punk)
Duran Duran (new romantic, new wave)
Japan (art pop, new wave)
The Killers (pop/rock, alternative rock)
The Knife (electronic, experimental)
La Roux (electropop)
Lady Gaga (dance-pop, electropop)
The Magnetic Fields (indie pop, noise pop)
The Normal (minimal synth)
P-Model (new wave, synth punk)
Plastics (new wave)
Simple Minds (new wave, pop/rock)
Spandau Ballet (new romantic, pop)
Sparks (glam rock, art pop)
Suicide (synth punk, minimal synth)
Talk Talk (post-rock, art pop)


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Synth Pop Artists
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:45 pm 
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How much of Kraftwerk stuff can be considered synth pop? I am assuming most of it is not taken into account, correct me if I am wrong. So I would go with Depeche Mode as #1 and either New Order or The Human League as #2.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Synth Pop Artists
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:18 pm 
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Timothy wrote:
How much of Kraftwerk stuff can be considered synth pop? I am assuming most of it is not taken into account, correct me if I am wrong. So I would go with Depeche Mode as #1 and either New Order or The Human League as #2.


It's true that a good portion of Kraftwerk's discography (their early period) wouldn't count here, since they started out as an experimental/progressive electronic group. I'd say it wasn't until Radioactivity (1975) that they incorporated elements of synth pop. Trans-Europe Express (1977) followed in a "poppier" vein, and by the time they released The Man-Machine (1978), they were a full-fledged synth pop act, and arguably the first truly significant one.

I think this string of seminal albums (plus 1981's Computer World) is enough to merit Kraftwerk the top spot; after all, these releases influenced every synth pop act to follow.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Synth Pop Artists
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Zach wrote:
Starting to think about this list... Here are some names being considered (should be pretty much all the big ones).

Tubeway Army are included under Numan's entry?


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Synth Pop Artists
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:02 pm 
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Yeah, and I'll go ahead and list them with him.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Synth Pop Artists
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Few more to add to your list.

Seven Red Seven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU5IeP3IZeI

Wolfsheim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9M9HQtb8FE

Cause & Effect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRWBM2Nh-PY

Camouflage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXODGahChBM

These are a few off the top of my head. I'm sure i can find more


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Synth Pop Artists
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:06 pm 
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Thanks, bossdrum. I'll look into those.


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