Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 22

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope, is "Please" by Pet Shop Boys, one of my favourite bands of all time, just don't mention the album "Electric" to me!!

I bought "Please" on release day but didn't get the chance to play it when I got home, as I was going to a party in Blackpool, for some strange reason I took the LP with me, maybe I was hoping the DJ would play it for me or I was worried someone would pinch it!!

I liked the single "West End Girls", although I thought "Love Comes Quickly" was a strange choice as a single. I bought the album having heard just those 2 singles, they were the days when you could buy an album without hearing hardly anything from it, now with the internet, music is plastered everywhere, which has taken the fun out of buying music.

The album came out in March 1986 and reached number 3 in the UK Album chart, I thought it got to number 1, it certainly should have done! The single "West End Girls" reached number 1 in the UK Singles chart, whilst the follow up "Love Comes Quickly" only made number 19.

Following the release of the album they released the track "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)" as a single in May 1986 and that track reached number 11, the 12 Inch is brilliant as is the B Side "Was That What It Was" (a track that should have been on the album). The last single released from the album was "Suburbia", it was a new version and it made number 8 in the UK Singles chart, personally I have never been to keen on that track.

Why tracks such as, "Tonight Is Forever" and "Why Don't We Live Together" weren't singles I will never know, vastly superior to "Love Comes Quickly" and "Suburbia".

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Opportunities (Lets Make Lots Of Money)", "Why Don't We Live Together" and "Tonight Is Forever". There are no tracks I dislike on this album, with "Love Comes Quickly" being the only track to score 1 point.

I have more Pet Shop Boys CD's and Vinyl in my music collection than any other artist. "Please" is a fantastic debut album, well worth digging out from time to time to listen too.
Our overall rating for this album is 73/100

The album is available from Amazone here

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 21

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope, is "Architecture & Morality" by OMD, arguably their finest ever album, although I have to say their new album "The Punishment Of Luxury" and previous album, "English Electric" would definitely give it a run for it's money. I remember going to see the band live at the Manchester Apollo on the A+M tour, I think this was the last tour their tape machine, Winston, graced the stage, he didn't behave himself, as Andy McCluskey announced that "this next track is called "The New Stone Age", the tape machine played the intro of "Georgia"!! OMD are the band I have seen most live and they always put on a good show and are one of those rare bands that connects so well with it's fan base.

Prior to the release of the album they released "Souvenir" as a single, which featured Paul Humphreys on lead vocals and is their highest charted single, when it made number 3 in the UK singles chart. A month before the album came out they released a second single from it called "Joan Of Arc",which made number 5 in the UK singles chart.

The album was then released in November 1981, to great critical acclaim, and it made number 3 in the UK album chart. Another single "Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)" was released in early 1982, which reached number 4 in the UK singles and made number 1 in both Holland and Germany, it is a track that features in most concerts they play and is loved by their fans, including me, because of the rousing drum patterns in the song, superb live!

They did release a 4th single "She's Leaving" in some parts of Europe but not in the UK.
Our track recommendations for this album are, "She's Leaving", "Souvenir" and "Joan Of Arc", "She's Leaving", "Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)", "The Beginning And The End" and "Sealand", this album features no less than 6 tracks that all got the maximum score of a 3. "The New Stone Age" is the only song that got a zero rating, i've never liked the track, and it seems totally out of place on this album.

A wonderful album that is always a pleasure to listen too.

Our overall rating for this album is 77/100

The album is available from Amazon for under £6 here

Monday, 20 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 20

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope, is "Vienna" by Ultravox, the debut album that featured Midge Ure on vocals, after he replaced the departed John Foxx. Now this album I was really looking forward to, as I did not know what to expect, I really didn't, the first single released was "Sleepwalk" (a very underrated single for me), this single has a unique place in my 7 inch vinyl single collection, it has the honour of being the most warped 7 inch single in my collection, by a long way, whenever I played it, it was like being on a rollercoaster, why I didn't take it back and get a replacement god only knows, but I don't think I have played the 7 inch much, since I bought it in 1980, for fear of damage to my record deck!

The single made number 29 in the UK singles chart.

Thankfully, the next single off the album I bought, "Passing Strangers" was in pristine condition. I always felt this was the wrong choice as a second single, they should have released "New Europeans", the fact it only made number 57 in the UK's singles chart would seem to back thoughts. Just when things were beginning to look bleak for the band, they released the title track as a single, which was a massive hit all over Europe and held the number 2 spot in the UK singles chart for 4 weeks (which might actually be a record??). It was prevented from reaching number 1 by a crap novelty record called "Shaddup Yer Face" by Joe Dolcie, one of the biggest travesties in popular music history! They made a superb video for the track as well. Ultravox were in the big time (I wonder what John Foxx made of it all?)

The final single released off the album was "All Stood Still", which also made the top 10 in the UK singles chart.

I've always loved the monochrome sleeve design for the album cover and for me it is one of my favourite album covers ever, very european, as was the music. A stunning album with quality from start to finish, I always enjoy listening to it, it still sounds ahead of it's time.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "New Europeans", "Private Lives" and "Sleepwalk" and "Vienna", I love every track on this album and the songs scored a 2 or 3.
Our overall rating for this album is 81/100

The album is available from Amazon here

The Electronic Music Hour #30

Welcome to edition #30 of our series "The Electronic Music Hour", which features some of the best electronic and synthpop music from the last 40 years.


These shows not only include well known artists from the last 4 decades but new and emerging bands on the electronic music scene from around the world, a lot of which are either unsigned, or on a small independent label, or self release their material.

So the shows will feature old and new tracks that fit in the electronic/synthpop genre.

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Playlist:

Ultravox - The Thin Wall (Single Version)
Heaven 17 - Let's All Make A Bomb
Deutsche Bank - Cities
OMD - Stay With Me
Metroland - Synthetic Sound (Seven Inch Alternate Version)
Epic Dreams - Hopeless Dreamer
Gary Numan - Love Needs No Disguise
Electro Spectre - Beautiful Lies
Kraftwerk - Metropolis
The Twins - I Died For You
John Foxx & The Maths - September Town
Marsheaux - Tonight
Pet Shop Boys - Flamboyant
Mr Jones Machine - Visions In Motion
New Musik - Living By Numbers

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 19

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope?, well following Joy Division, we have the New Order album "Power Corruption & Lies", which was released in May 1983. This was New Order's second album, the follow-up to the disappointing debut "Movement". Like so many of their early albums the album included no singles, that said "Age Of Consent" should definitely have been a single. Of course, the album did follow the release of the best selling 12 inch single of all time "Blue Monday".

This album came out at a very low point in my life, for reasons I won't bore you to death with and I always saw this as a positive upbeat album and a line in the track "Your Silent Face", "You Caught Me At A Bad Time, Why Don't You Piss Off" resonated with me quite a lot during this period! One of Bernards best lyrics without a doubt.

The album reached number 4 in the UK album chart and for me I see this album as the first proper New Order album and what an album it is. Heavy use of synths but with the trademeark Hooky basslines and Bernards guitar, one of their most electronic albums, which is what appeals to me. It has also stood the test of time really well and is probably the most played New Order album in my collection, and I have everything they have ever released, the same applies to Joy Division.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Age Of Consent", "Your Silent Face" and "The Village", as with Joy Division's album "Closer", there are no tracks I dislike, all tracks scored 2 or higher. Another essential album you should have in your music collection.
Our overall rating for this album is 79/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 18

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Closer" by Joy Division, an album I rate as one of my all time favourite albums.

I discovered Joy Division, via a local newspaper in Manchester, where I am from, they had an article about the lead singer of Manchester band Joy Division had taken his own life. I felt compelled to find out about their music and bought their debut album "Unknown Pleasures" without actually listening to any of their music!!

That was the start of my passion for Joy Division and of course New Order, as they subsequently became.

I bought the single "Love Will Tear Us Apart", which came out in June 1980, around that time I bumped into Anthony H Wilson (Factory Records) in Manchester, and got chatting to him about the new single and the band in general. the passion and belief he had in Joy Division was quite staggering and the chat we had, has stayed with me ever since. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has become my favourite single of all time.

"Closer" was released in July 1980, 2 months after the death of Ian Curtis, the album cover was amazing, it was a picture of a family tomb, which I suspect had already been designed and signed off before Ian Curtis died, so it was quite fitting in the cicumstances, as for the music, well what can I say, it is an outsanding album, and when you listen to the lyrics, Curtis was definitely reaching out to people about his personal problems and trauma, yet nobody in the band realized this, until after his death and the release of the album.

No singles were released by the record company off the album and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" wasn't included either, but that doesn't mean the quality of the album was affected, by this time the band started using synthesizers and they were put to good use on tracks like "Isolation", "Decades" and "The Eternal"

The album reached number 6 in the UK album chart.

By the way if you haven't seen the film "Control", which is about the life of Ian Curtis is superb and highly recommended.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Isolation", "Heart And Soul" and "The Eternal" and "Decades". As you would expect there are no tracks I dislike. In a word a masterpiece.

Our overall rating for this album is 77/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Friday, 17 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 17

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "The Luxury Gap" by Heaven 17, a band I have admired for a long time, especially as a live outfit, they are a brilliant band live. Their output over the years has been disappointing, aside from their debut album "Penthouse & Pavement" and of course "The Luxury Gap" their albums have been very poor. Certainly "The Luxury Gap" is the essential Heaven 17 album. This was a superbly produced album with an orchestra, it cost a small fortune to make, so it was a good job it was a successful album!


The album was released in April 1983, some 5 months after the first single from the album "Let Me Go" was released, I bought it on 12 inch vinyl and still have it, that single, for me is their finest piece of work, that bassline......"The Luxury Gap" went on to sell 300,000 copies and made number 4 in the UK Album chart.

In all 5 singles were released from the album, including "We Live So Fast", which was released in the USA only, "Let Me Go", amazingly only made number 41 in the UK Singles chart, "Temptation" made number 2, "Come Live With Me" made number 5 and "Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry", made number 17.

"The Luxury Gap" is rightly regarded as a classic, it is a quality album and stood the test of time, and from interviews I have seen of Martyn & Glenn from the band they are a couple of warm hearted, friendly blokes.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Let Me Go", "Come Live With Me" and "Temptation". All the tracks scored a 2 or a 3 except "Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry", which I loathe, it grates me everytime I hear it, for me should have been a B side and not on the album.

I was lucky enough to find the 3 disc deluxe edition, about a year or so ago, at HMV for £9.99, a bargain, if you can find that box set, definitely go for it.

This is the album that is as good as The Human League's "Dare" album and not the debut "Penthouse & Pavement", in my book.

Our overall rating for this album is 70/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 16

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Rio" by Duran Duran. The album was released in 1982 and featured 4 singles.

A word of warning avoid the 2009 remaster as the sound is beyond terrible!!

I must admit I can take or leave Duran Duran, not my favourite band by a long way but they have released some fantastic tracks, i'm not sure they fully succeed when it comes to making a full album. I only like their first 3 albums, but credit where credit is due, "Rio" is a fantastic piece of work.
The album reached number 2 in the UK album chart in 1982, whilst the singles "My Own Way" reached number 14 in the UK singles chart, "Rio" made number 9, "Hungry Like The Wolf" made number 5 and "Save A Prayer" made Number 2.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Hold Back The Rain", "Save A Prayer" and "Hungry Like The Wolf". On this album there are no tracks I dislike with only the track "Last Chance On The Stairway" scoring 1 point.

Probably the essential New Romantic LP to have in your collection.

Our overall rating for this album is 70/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 15

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating.

This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Flaunt The Imperfection", by China Crisis. This was the bands 3rd album, and was released in 1985. It was produced by Walter Becker and marked a real change in the bands sound. China Crisis have always been underrated but when you look at their back catalogue they have released some stunning songs, such as, "Christian, "Wishful Thinking", "Black Man Ray", King In A Catholic Style (both of which appear on "Flaunt The Imperfection"), "Tragedy & Mystery", "Arizona Sky" and "Papua", just to name a few.

This was their most successful album, reaching number 9 in the UK Album chart and recently received the Deluxe Edition treatment along with their albums "Working With Fire & Steel" and "Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms", all of which are definitely worth getting.

I have always had a soft spot for China Crisis and it was pleasing to see the band release a critically acclaimed new album in 2015 called "Autumn In The Neighbourhood", another album worth investigating.

Back to "Flaunt The Imperfection", there were 4 singles released off this album "Black Man Ray", "King In A Catholic Style", "You Did Cut Me" and "The Highest High", the first two making the Top 20 in the UK Singles chart.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Black Man Ray", "King In A Catholic Stle", "Blue Sea" and "Bigger The Punch I'm Feeling". There is just one track I dislike on the album and that is the track "The World Spins And I'm Part Of It".

If you haven't come across this band before do check them out, you just might be surprised.

Our overall rating for this album is 66/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 14

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Hunting High And Low", the debut album by A-Ha, which was released in June 1985.

Without a doubt the video created for the single "Take On Me" is what made this album a success, if you haven't seen it, check it out on YouTube, it is fantastic. What is surprising is that it took until the 3rd re-release before it was a hit!

The reason I bought the album was because of the track "The Sun Always Shines On TV", a powerhouse synthpop/new wave track, to this day the track still has a certain something special, a superbly structured track. It is a wonderful album and the 4 disc deluxe edition released in 2015, is a must have, plenty of remixes, alternative versions, and demo's etc, one of the few box sets that really does deliver and provide value for money.

The album featured 5 singles "Take On Me", "The Sun Always Shines On TV", Train Of Thought" and the title track of the album "Hunting High And Low", all of which achieved chart success in the UK singles chart and charts around Europe."Love Is Reason" was also released as a single, but only in Norway.

What I like about this album is it is quite varied and certainly sees the band on fine form, their best album ever. as with quite a few albums I am reviewing and rating this has stood the test of time, 32 years old and still an essential listen.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Take On Me", "The Sun Always Shines On TV", "Hunting High And Low" and "Love Is Reason". There are no tracks I dislike and only one track (I Dream Myself Alive) earning a score of 1 point.

Our overall rating for this album is 70/100

The album is available for under £5 from Amazon here

Monday, 13 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 13

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Wonderland", the debut album by Erasure. Now a lot of people think that "The Circus" was Erasure's first album, yes it was their breakthrough album on the back of the success of the single "Sometimes", but Before that we had this little gem, which was released in June 1986. It barely dented the UK album chart, reaching number 71, the album included 3 singles "Who Needs Love Like That", "Heavenly Action" and "Oh L'Amour", none of which troubled the UK singles chart.

I bought this album when it first came out, as I was a big fan of the work of Vince Clarke, and I still am. This album has some stunning tracks on it and certainly deserved better chart success and it is puzzling to me why it failed so badly. Personally I don't think the album "The Circus" is a patch on this album, I rarely play "The Circus", however, "Wonderland" gets played on a regular basis. I think the one problem with this album, is they chose the wrong tracks to be singles, with the exception of "Oh L'Amour".

If you like infectious Synthpop, like me, this album is essential to have in your collection and in my opinion, it certainly falls into the "Classic Albums" category.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Reunion" (definitely should have been a single), "Cry So Easy" (another potential single)", "Oh L'Amour" and "My Heart ....So Blue".

There are no tracks I dislike as such, but the tracks "Push Me Shove Me", "Say What" and "Pistol" only scored 1 point each.

Our overall rating for this album is 69/100

The album is available as a 3 disc box set from Amazon here

Maximum 80s (Volume 54)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 54 of Maximum 80s.

This is a series of shows that feature nothing but the very best in 1980s 12 Inch Singles.

The biggest hits on the biggest format from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Wham! - Everything She Wants (Remix)
Thompson Twins - The Gap (Club Remix Version)
Donna Summer - State Of Independence (New Bass Mix)
Kraftwerk - Computer Love (Original 12 Inch Version)
Malcolm McClaren - Double Dutch (New Dance Mix)
Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good (Special Extended Mix)
The Associates - Club Country (12 Inch Mix)
Depeche Mode - Strangelove (Highjack Remix)
Echo & The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar (12 Inch Mix)
Holly Johnson - Americanos (P.W.L. Extended Version)

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 12

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Telekon" by Gary Numan, which was released in 1980 and may well be my favourite album of all time, but you will have to wait and see, until I put online the full list of 30 albums reviewed and rated.

The first concert I ever attended was a "Teletour" concert to promote the album "Telekon". I went to both shows at the Manchester Apollo on September 8th & 9th 1980 and was blown away by the stage set-up. He had 2 massive towers that 2 of the keyboard players were housed, it was, and still is one of the best stage designs I have ever seen at a concert.

Back to the album......

Prior to the album being released, Numan released the singles "We Are Glass" and "I Die:You Die", neither of which appeared on the album, "We Are Glass" I rate as one of Numan's best ever tracks. "Telekon" was released on September 5th 1980 and as usual I popped out of work during my morning break to buy the album from HMV in Manchester.

As soon as I got home I put the record on and loved it, to think he could produce a third album of such quality was amazing, he was on a roll, sadly though, the next few releases were well below par.
He only actually released one track as a single from the LP and that was "This Wreckage" (the track he opened the "Teletour" shows with), surprisingly the single only reached Number 20 in the UK Singles chart.

This is an album that has quality from start to finish, which I play on a regular basis, I still think it sounds futuristic, even though it is nearly 40 years old!
Our track recommendations for this album are, "I'm An Agent (should have been a single)", "I Dream Of Wires (this was originally planned to be a single)", "This Wreckage", "Please Push No More" and "The Aircrash Bureau".

There is not a single track on this album I rate below 2, which shows how good I think this album is.

Our overall rating for this album is 83/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 11

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is the self titled debut by Visage. This was in effect a synthpop/new wave super group, consisting of Midge Ure (Ultravox & The Rich Kids), Rusty Egan (The Rich Kids), Steve Strange, Billy Currie (Ultravox), Dave Formula (Magazine), John McGeoch (Magazine) and Barry Adamson (Magazine). Their debut album was released in November 1980, which included the breakthough single "Fade To Grey", which reached number 8 in the UK Singles chart. The video for the track cost just £5,000 to make! It was money well spent.

This is an album I actually bought on the recommendation of a work collegue, she lent me their first single "Tar", which I liked but wasn't totally convinced about, but as the band featured 2 members of Ultravox I bought the album and wasn't disappointed. It reached number 13 in the UK Album chart.
They released 2 further singles from the album "Mind Of A Toy" (which reached number 13 in the UK singles chart) and my favourite track "Visage", the 12 inch is brilliant (the single made number 21 in the UK singles chart).

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Visage", "Fade To Grey", "Mind Of A Toy" and "Moon Over Moscow". The only track i'm not keen on is "The Steps".

Some tracks have aged better than others in my opinion, but it is still a great album.
Our overall rating for this album is 60/100

The album is available from Amazon for under £4 here

Friday, 10 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 10

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Speak And Spell" by Depeche Mode. I first heard Depeche Mode on one of my many daily visits to HMV in Manchester during my lunch hour, they played "New Life" and I thought it was brilliant, catchy as hell, I bought the single that day on 7 inch and 12 inch (12 inch was disappointing as it was hardly an extended version, just a few seconds of a drum intro added). They then released "Just Can't Get Enough" as a single on September 7th 1981 (I remember buying it the day it came out as It was a week before my brothers birthday) I bought both the 7 and 12 inch versions.

Both these singles, I have always felt, are fantastic examples of classic synthpop, what a genius Vince Clarke is, he wrote most of the "Speak And Spell" album, the man knows how to craft a melodic tune!

Amazingly I stumbled across the album in HMV (again!) and had no idea they had released it, I didn't think twice, I purchased a copy (on vinyl of course) straight away and couldn't wait to get home to play it. I remember listening to it and thought this is the best thing I have ever heard, virtually every track was a synthpop gem, I loved it and still do, it's another classic album I have on heavy rotation.

3 singles were released off the album "Dreaming Of Me (which only reached number 57 in the UK singles chart)", "New Life" (which reached number 4 in the UK singles chart) and "Just Can't Get Enough" (which reached number 8 in the UK singles chart), they could have released at least 3 more singles, as the album is that good. I also feel, that over the years, the song "New Life" hasn't got the credit it deserves.

The album reached number 10 in the UK albums chart in 1981.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Just Can't Get Enough", "New Life", "Puppets", "What's Your Name" and "Photographic". Another brilliant album that doesn't disappoint and that has also aged very well, thanks in no small part, to the writing skills of Vince Clarke.
No tracks are a disappointment on this album
Our overall rating for this album is 75/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 9

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Computer World" by Kraftwerk. As soon as Gary Numan mentioned Kraftwerk as a big influence I went out and bought "The Man Machine" (I had heard "Neon Lights" as the track was featured in an interview Numan had done with Simon Bates on Radio 1), that album blew me away and then bought "Autobahn" (I remember hearing the single version of "Autobahn" a few years earlier when it got into the UK singles chart, in 1975 and thought it was amazing), "Trans Europe Express" and "Radio-Activity".

From 1978 nothing new had appeared from Kraftwerk and I thought they must have called it a day, when out of the blue in an edition of the N.M.E music paper, in 1981, details appeared about a new single "Pocket Calculator" and a new album "Computer World". To say I was delighted was an understatement, I couldn't wait to hear the new material.

In the week the album was released Mark Radcliffe on his radio show, probably on Piccadilly Radio, in Manchester, he played tracks from the album and I was amazed, nothing like anything I had heard before, even more amazing was the fact they were singing about Home Computers, Online dating etc, now at that time there wasn't really any home computers as such, Kraftwerk were ahead of the game!
They released just the 2 singles off the album "Pocket Calculator" and "Computer Love", the latter had the track "The Model", taken from "The Man Machine" album, on the B side, DJ's started playing the B side more and more, so much so, the single was repressed with "The Model" as the A Side and "Computer Love" the B Side, it didn't take long for "The Model" to hit the top of the singles chart in the UK.

The band did a tour to promote this album and I attended my first Kraftwerk concert on June 15th 1981 at the Manchester Free Trade Hall, I was in row C to the left, right beneath where Ralf Hutter was positioned, the concert was brilliant, they transported their whole recording studio over from Dusseldorf as their stage set up!!

You have probably guessed from my memories posted here, this was an exciting time for me and for my love of electronic music.
Our track recommendations for this album are, "Pocket Calculator", "Computer World", "Computer Love" (my favourite track on the album) and "Home Computer". A brilliant album that doesn't disappoint.

Our overall rating for this album is 76/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 8

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Happy Families" by Blancmange. Now Blancmange got my attention through the track "Sad Day", which was an istrumental track that was on the Some Bizarre" compilation that was released in 1981. The album featured bands that were unknown at that point, including, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and The The. I love the track "Sad Day" and still regard it as one of the best synth based intrumentals that has ever been released.

Purely on the fondness I had for "Sad Day" I bought the 12 inch double A side single "God's Kitchen" and "I've Seen The Word", which was released in 1982. I was n't keen on "God's Kitchen" (I still don't like it!) but "I've Seen The Word" I thought, was an awesome track, and as soon as the album "Happy Families" was released I bought a vinyl copy of it. It is a good, solid album, with some wonderful tracks on it. A month after the album was released they released the single "Living On The Ceiling", the rest as they say, is history, an essential track for any 80s compilation.

They released 4 singles in all from "Happy Families", the double A side mentioned above, "Feel Me" (A brilliant but bonkers track!), ""Living On The Ceiling", of course, and a re-recorded version of "Waves", I have never understood why they re-recorded it with an orchestra, the original album version is far superior.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Living On The Ceiling", "I've Seen The Word", the new album version of "Sad Day" and the original album version of "Waves". The only track I don't like is "God's Kitchen". It is an album that has actually aged quite well.

Our overall rating for this album is 66/100

The album is available as a 3CD Deluxe Edition from Amazon here

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated - Day 7

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "The Lexicon Of Love" by ABC, which was released in June 1982 and reached number 1 in the UK album chart, that year. This Trevor Horn produced album, is a pop masterpiece.

I remember my brother buying the cassette tape of this album when we were on holiday in North Wales, with our parents, in the summer of '82 and we played it over and over again, we probably spent more money on batteries for the cassette player than was spent on the album!

In May 2016 ABC released a follow up to that classic album called "The Lexicon Of Love II", which is equal to, if not better, than the original album.

"The Lexicon Of Love" featured 4 singles, "Poison Arrow", which reached number 6 in the UK singles chart, "Tears Are Not Enough", which reached number 19 in the UK singles chart, "The Look Of Love", which reached number 4 in the UK singles chart and "All Of My Heart" (My favourite track on the album), which reached number 5 in the UK singles chart.

I still consider this album as an outstanding piece of work and I never grow tired of listening to it. If you love 80s music this album should definitely be in your collection.

Our track recommendations for this album are, "Many Happy returns", "The Look Of Love (Part1), "All Of My Heart" and "4 Ever 2 Gether". You won't be surprised to learn there are no tracks on the album I dislike.

Our overall rating for this album is 73/100

The album is available from Amazon for just over £5 here

Monday, 6 November 2017

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated Day 6

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today's album under the microscope is "Systems Of Romance" by Ultravox, that was released in September 1978. This was the 3rd and final Ultravox album that featured John Foxx on vocals. The album failed to get the commercial success it deserved and seemed to mark the end of the band, as they were dropped by their record company. They of course went on to achieve success all over the world when Midge Ure joined the band as their new vocalist.

I bought this album on the strength of hearing the track "Slow Motion" that was played on a Radio 1 interview with Gary Numan shortly after "Replicas" was released.

The album features 2 singles, "Quiet Men", and following the success of the "new Ultravox" "Slow Motion" was also released as a single and made the top 40 in the UK singles chart.

This is an essential album you should have in your music collection and, it is clearly evident, that this album had a big influence on the Tubeway Army album "Replicas". Like "Replicas", "Systems Of Romance" makes excellent use of Synthesizers and guitar.

This is another one of those albums I play on a regular basis

Our track recommendations for this album are the 2 singles mentioned above, as well as, "Maximum Acceleration". There are no tracks on the album I dislike.

Our overall rating for this album is 70/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Rubik's 80s Mis (Volume 54)

Welcome to Volume 54 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.

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Track List

Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart
Marrs - Pump Up The Volume
Blondie - Atomic
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
David Bowie - China Girl
Ultravox - Vienna
Duran Duran - The Reflex
New Order - Blue Monday
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Kim Wilde - Chequered Love
Sydney Youngblood - If Only I Could
Alison Moyet - Love Resurrection
Limahl - Never Ending Story
Blancmange - The Day Before You Came
Michael Jackson - Another Part Of Me

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated Day 5

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Today we turn to 1980 and the debut solo album by ex Ultravox front man John Foxx, called "Metamatic". An album that still remains cold and clinical today in a positive way. Clearly John wanted to go into a more electronic direction than the rest of Ultravox wanted too, and as such he left the band. The fact that Ultravox were dropped from their record label didn't help either. Was it a good move?, well yes, I would say. "Metamatic" is an album I listen to on a regular basis and I believe no one has released an album quite like it since.

The lead single from the album was the track "Underpass" (One of my all time favourite tracks), which reached number 31 in the UK singles chart. "Metamatic was released shortly after the single and reached number 18 in the UK album chart. A further single "No-One Driving" was released in March 1980, which reached number 32 in the UK singles chart.

The minmal approach to this album I have always found fascinating and the songs are well crafted.

Our track recommendations are the 2 singles mentioned above, as well as, "Plaza" and "He's A Liquid". If you have this album in your collection and have listened to it for a while, dig it out, as you will be surprised at how good it is.

Our overall rating for this album is 66/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated Day 4

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


For todays classic album, we go back to 1979 and the album "Replicas" by Tubeway Army, an album that is massive in my life as it was the album that first got me into electronic music. Seeing Gary Numan (Tubeway Army) performing "Are Friends Electric?" on Top Of The Pops in May 1979 blew me away, I recall at the time, I thought I was watching something alien, new sounds, new instruments, deadpan vocals, it grabbed me immediately, the rest, as they say, is history. Surprisingly though "Replicas" isn't a totally electronic album, it features a lot of guitars, but it was the way he made use of synthesizers that was pure genius, a unique album. The single "Are Friends Electric?" took several weeks to climb the UK singles chart before it reached number 1, where it stayed for 4 weeks. The album rocketed to number one in the UK album chart in July 1979.

The album features just 2 singles, "Are Friends Electric?" and "Down In The Park", the latter was the first single released off the album but wasn't a hit.

Our track recommendations are the 2 singles and "Me I Disconnect From You", "The Machman" and "You Are In My Vision". You won't be surprised to learn that there are no tracks that I dislike, an album I regard as a classic and it has aged really well.

Our overall rating for this album is 76/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated Day 3

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


For todays classic album, we go back to 1981 and an album most electronic/synthpop lovers will, I am sure, have in their music collection, it is of course "Dare" by The Human League, which was released in 1981 and reached number 1 in the UK album chart. This album was the first under the new version of the band led by Phil Oakey, following an acrimonious split with other founder members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. The album featured 4 brilliant singles, "The Sound Of The Crowd", "Love Action (I Believe In Love", "Open Your Heart" and the number one single "Don't You Want Me".

Regarded by many as the ultimate synthpop album and rightly so, our track recommendations are all 4 singles, as well as, the tracks "Darkness" and "Do Or Die". There are no tracks that we dislike, almost pop perfection.

Our overall rating for this album is 76/100

The album is available for under £4 from Amazon here

Classic Albums Reviewed And Rated Day 2

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


For todays classic album, we go back to 1982 and the debut album by Talk Talk, called "The Party's Over". Talk Talk were a very underrated band and this album demonstrates why. It is a true synthpop classic with not a single weak track on the album.

Our track recommendations are the the tracks "Today", "It's So Serious" and "Another Word". All the tracks on the album we rate as 3 (Outstanding) or 2 (Good). Pretty much a flawless album and if you don't have it in your music collection, get it, you won't be disappointed.
Surprisingly this album only made number 21 in the UK albums chart.

Our overall rating for this album is 77/100

The album is available from Amazon here

WLR Review And Rate Classic Albums During November

Throughout this month we are going to take a look at albums regarded as classics from the 80s and one or two from the late 70s and give you our comments, and our rating of each album.

Each day, during November, we will focus on one album.

To rate the albums we rate each track on the album as either 3 (Outstanding), 2 (Good), 1 (ok) and 0 (Hate it). Those points are totalled up and then divided by the maximum points the album could get (EG 10 tracks would equal 30 points, 10 x 3). Then times the figure by 100 and that gives you your percentage rating. This is a very good indicator of how you rate an album.


Ok, on to our first classic album, which is "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie, this is our favourite Bowie album and is a solid album from start to end, it was released in September 1980 and reached number 1 in the UK albums chart. The album included the singles "Ashes To Ashes", "Up The Hill Backwards", "Fashion" and of course the title track "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)".

Our track recommendations are the singles listed above, with the exception of "Fashion" (rated good not outstanding). The album contains no tracks we hate.
Our overall rating for this album is 60/100

The album is available from Amazon here

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A WLR Chart Show - A Countdown Of Our 15 Favourite Kraftwerk Tracks

A bonus show for you this month, we countdown our 15 favourite 15 Kraftwerk tracks



The Godfather's of Electronic music need no introduction, they have been one of the biggest influences for so many electronic bands and still, to this day are inovators, as they continue to present their 3D concerts around the world.

As fans of the band since 1978/1979 we thought it would be a good idea to present to you our favourite 15 Kraftwerk tracks.

Sit back and listen to the masters at work.

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We won't spoil the show by posting a playlist.

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #29

Welcome to edition #29 of our series "The Electronic Music Hour", which features some of the best electronic and synthpop music from the last 40 years.


These shows not only include well known artists from the last 4 decades but new and emerging bands on the electronic music scene from around the world, a lot of which are either unsigned, or on a small independent label, or self release their material.

So the shows will feature old and new tracks that fit in the electronic/synthpop genre.

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Playlist:

Japan - European Son (Single Mix)
Austerity Complex - Summers Past
Cosmicity - Tradegy
Alison Moyet - Filigree
Blancmange - Why Don't They Leave Things Alone
Daily Planet - Precious Time
Minuit Machine - June 7
Depeche Mode - Any Second Now
A-Ha - Forest Fire
Fotonovela Ft Sarah Blackwood - Justice
Erasure - Here I Go Impossible Again
Daybehavior - So Shut Your Eyes
Soft Cell - Loving You Hating Me
Hurts - Heaven
Machinista - Battered
Gary Numan - Tracks

Monday, 9 October 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 53)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 53 of Maximum 80s.

This is a series of shows that feature nothing but the very best in 1980s 12 Inch Singles.

The biggest hits on the biggest format from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

The Human League - Heart Like A Wheel (Extended Mix)
Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth (Deep House Mix)
Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood (Long Disco)
Depeche Mode - It's Called A Heart (Emotional Remix)
Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies (Extended Version)
Bananarama - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Extended Version)
Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know (Monster Mix)
B-Movie - Nowhere Girl (Long Version)
ABC - How To Be A Zillionaire (Wall Street Mix)
Howard Jones - What Is Love? (Extended Version)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Volume 53)

Welcome to Volume 53 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

The Rock Steady Crew - (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew
Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car
Evelyn "Champagne" King - Love Come Down
Rick Astley - Together Forever
Adam And The Ants - Stand And Deliver
Coldcut Ft Lisa Stansfield - People Hold On
Genesis - Turn It On Again
Bananarama - Venus
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
Ollie & Jerry - Breakin' (There's No Stopping Us)
Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Johnny Hates Jazz - Shattered Dreams
Starship - We Built This City
U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name
Phil Collins - You Can't Hurry Love
Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right

Monday, 25 September 2017

i-Select #28

White Lion Radio have today released Edition #28 of  i-Select.


This is a series of shows dedicated to electronic/synthpop bands that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or self release their material.

White Lion Radio prides itself on bringing you music which you don't always get access to and to showcase bands and artists that are really very talented and deserve to be heard.

These shows will feature bands from across the globe!

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Playlist

OMD - Isotype (Gary Hunter's Radio Edit)
A Million Machines - Synthetic Eyes
Frozen Nation - I Failed For You
Vaylon - Lost In My World
Eden - A Heart Keeps Beating
Tulipomania - Don't Be So Sure (Seahawks Remix)
Circuit3 - Bad Connection
Cult With No Name - When I Was A Girl
The Frixion - If U Ever Wonder (EmT Remix)
Frozen Nation - Dark belgian Disco
Nina - Purple Sun
COBURG - The Hall Of Ghosts
Color Theory - The Future You Is Forever
Tiny Magnetic Pets - Here Comes The Pink Noise
Vogon Poetry - Dangers of Space (Octolab Remix)
Vaylon - Charlatan
Living Dead Girl - Still Life
Frozen Nation - Alone in Berlin
Maschine Brennt - Mortal

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #28

Welcome to edition #28 of our series "The Electronic Music Hour", which features some of the best electronic and synthpop music from the last 40 years.


These shows not only include well known artists from the last 4 decades but new and emerging bands on the electronic music scene from around the world, a lot of which are either unsigned, or on a small independent label, or self release their material.

So the shows will feature old and new tracks that fit in the electronic/synthpop genre.

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Playlist

Pet Shop Boys - The Dictator Decides
Metroland - Close To Me
Avantgarde - December
Duran Duran - Sound Of Thunder
Vile Electrodes - The Vanished Past
Some Girl - The Hall Of Mirrors
Gary Numan - Stories
Howard Jones - Natural
Yazoo - Walk Away From Love
Austerity Complex - Mystery Girl
Marsheaux - Now You Are Mine
Soft Cell - The Night
Datapop - Unterwegs

Monday, 11 September 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 52)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 52 of Maximum 80s.

This is a series of shows that feature nothing but the very best in 1980s 12 Inch Singles.

The biggest hits on the biggest format from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Phil Collins - One More Night (Extended Mix)
New Order - True Faith (Remix)
Talk Talk - Why Is It So Hard (12 Inch US Remix)
OMD - Dreaming (Club Mix)
Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now (Extended Version)
Animotion - Obsession (Dance Mix)
Visage - Night Train (Dance Mix)
Erasure - Heavenly Action (Yellow Brick Mix)
Alison Moyet - Invisible (The Transparent Mix)
Dead Or Alive - My Heart Goes Bang Get Me To The Doctor (Wipe Out Mix)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Edition #52)

Welcome to Volume 52 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.



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Track List

Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You
Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True
The Pointer Sisters - Automatic
F R David - Words
Berlin - Take My Breath Away
Japan - I Second That Emotion
Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Jimmy Somerville - Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)
Spandau Ballet - Instinction
Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
Pat Metheny Group & David Bowie - This Is Not America
Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
Liza Minnelli - Losing My Mind
Boney M - Daddy Cool
Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The A.D. Music Chillout Mix VI

White Lion Radio have released a special show today, it is Edition VI of our mini series "The A.D. Music Chillout Mix".

This show is a mix of chillout music by artists on the independant music record label A.D. Music, as well as a few bonus tracks from other artists.


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Full Playlist for the show:

Ballademaker - A Message From The Waves
David Wright & Carys - Dream Flight
Andy Pickford - Could You Cry
Steve Orchard - Blended
Sylvain Carel - It Happened At Nightfall
Lord Of The Ants - Vision At The Abandoned Temple
Dollhouse - Portia
Broekhuis, Keller & Schoenwaelder - Rythme De Croisiere
Ballademaker - Soul Travelling
Argh - Wonderful Life
Andy Pickford - Ascendance
Lord Of The Ants - Troia Nova
Sylvain Carel - Sand Kingdom
Steve Orchard - In Orbit

Monday, 28 August 2017

i-Select #27

White Lion Radio have today released Edition #27 of  i-Select.


This is a series of shows dedicated to electronic/synthpop bands that are unsigned, signed to a small independent label or self release their material.

White Lion Radio prides itself on bringing you music which you don't always get access to and to showcase bands and artists that are really very talented and deserve to be heard.

These shows will feature bands from across the globe!

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Playlist

Dyrct - Popcorn
The Frixion - Heartbroke Disco
Vaylon - Four Walls
Rusty Egan Ft Peter Hook - The Other Side
Model1 - Stripped
Marsheaux - Now This Is Fun (The Eagle Has Landed Version)
Cult With No Name - All I Have Is Yours (Including You)
Leanne P - Noise
The Frixion - Do U Ever Wonder (Promenade Cinema Remix)
Vaylon - Underneath The Weeping Willows
Future Lied To Us - Blue Light
A Million Machines - Come Tonight
Tiny Magnetic Pets Ft Wolfgang Flur - Never Alone
Cult With No Name - Winsome Lose Some
Paul Humphries - How Long Must We Wait (Nature Of Wires Remix)
The Frixion - From Dusk 'til Dawn (In The Dark Remix)
Metroland - Struktur

Monday, 21 August 2017

The Electronic Music Hour #27

Welcome to edition #27 of our series "The Electronic Music Hour", which features some of the best electronic and synthpop music from the last 40 years.


These shows not only include well known artists from the last 4 decades but new and emerging bands on the electronic music scene from around the world, a lot of which are either unsigned, or on a small independent label, or self release their material.

So the shows will feature old and new tracks that fit in the electronic/synthpop genre.

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Playlist

Depeche Mode - Policy Of Truth
Zoon Politicon - Special Kind Of Love (Single Version)
Erasure - Hideaway
Cinemascape - Sinister
Angels & Agony - Omen
Kraftwerk - Home Computer
Heaven 17 - Bigger Than America
Andrew Franey - Stars Sun Moon All Align
Mirrors - Secrets (Andy McCluskey Remix)
China Crisis - Without The Love
Austerity Complex - New Horizon
Exciting Valence - Memory
Yazoo - The Other Side Of Love

Monday, 14 August 2017

Maximum 80s (Volume 51)

White Lion Radio have released Edition 51 of Maximum 80s.

This is a series of shows that feature nothing but the very best in 1980s 12 Inch Singles.

The biggest hits on the biggest format from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue (Extended Version)
Madonna - Gambler (Extended Dance Mix)
New Order - Shellshock (Extended Version)
Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart (Extended Version)
The Eurythmics - Who's That Girl (Remix)
Red Box - Lean On Me (Dogmatix)
Pet Shop Boys - Heart (Remix)
The Associates - Those First Impressions (Extended Version)
Tears For Fears - Change (Extended Version)
Wham! - I'm Your Man (Extended Stimulation)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Rubik's 80s Mix (Edition #51)

Welcome to Volume 51 of a series of shows on White Lion Radio called Rubik's 80s Mix, a show that features classic hits from a classic decade......the 1980s.


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Track List

Ottawan - D.I.S.C.O
Sandra - Everlasting Love
Imagination - Body Talk
Lipps Inc - Funky Town
Erasure - Love To Hate You
David Grant - Watching You Watching Me
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy - Kiss Me
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
London Beat - I've Been Thinking About You
The Stranglers - Skin Deep
Hazell Dean - Who's Leaving Who
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
New Musik - Living By Numbers
Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Depeche Mode - See You