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The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The world needs more synthesized drums. At least that was the sentiment when Re-Flex released “The Politics of Dancing” in 1983. “The Politics of Dancing” is one of the definitive new wave songs of the early 1980s with its mix of mildly distorted guitars, British-accented vocals, soaring synthesizers and the distinctive Simmons Drum kit. Love the antiquated sound of synthesized drums. The Simmons SDS-V with its octagonal design became the go-to electronic drums for bands … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

On the Loose Lyrics – Saga

On the Loose Lyrics – Saga

Click to read how “On the Loose” became a one-hit wonder On the Loose Lyrics – Saga One day you feel quite stable The next you’re comin’ off the wall But I think that you should warn me If you start heading for a fall I see the problem start I watch the tension grow I see you keeping it to yourself And then instead of reaching conclusions I see you reaching for something else No one can stop you now Tonight you’re on the loose No one … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

On the Loose – Saga

On the Loose – Saga

Keyboard solo. Check. Guitar solo. Check. Bigger fanbase in Europe vs. North America. Double check. Sounds like a progressive rock one-hit wonder to our ears. And that’s exactly what Saga was when they hit the Billboard Top 40 for their one and only time in February of 1981 with their biggest hit, “On the Loose.” Click here to read the “On the Loose” lyrics Don’t remember Saga? This is another Canadian rock band who, like Rush, hit the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Popcorn – Hot Butter

Popcorn – Hot Butter

“Popcorn” is a remarkable piece of pop music because it’s arguably the most famous early synthpop instrumental. You can lump songs like the “Axel F Theme” by Harold Faltermeyer into that same synthpop group. Amazingly, this peppy little version by studio band Hot Butter was the third recorded version of “Popcorn” in three years. And it has been recorded by lots of other bands in the years since it hit the Billboard Top 40 in … Read entire article »

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Paranoima – Art of Noise

Paranoima – Art of Noise

We love a good novelty song. Especially when those novelty hits become one-hit wonders. “Paranoima” by Art of Noise is perhaps the ultimate novelty song. Here’s the formula: Take one part new synthesizer technology (samplers, Synclaviers, etc.) Throw in early computer-generated animation to create the character Max Headroom Lay over a bed of synth-rock created by the kids in Art of Noise Flavor to taste That’s it. Put this combo together and you have a song that is distinctive, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

I Wanna Be a Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry

I Wanna Be a Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry

Ah, the 1980s. Synth rock. MTV. Fashion over form. Big electronic drums. Novelty songs. No matter how you slice it, the 1980s were a great era for pop music, especially for British new wave/pop bands like Duran Duran, Culture Club, Madness, The Promise and many, many more. You can lump Boys Don’t Cry into that mix as well. Especially when you listen to their novelty song “I Wanna Be A Cowboy.” It has all the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop