The other night on Late Night with Seth Meyers I got a chance to hear La Roux, a band from the UK, and I loved the music. I really loved a song that wasn’t used on the show.
While hunting and pecking through my cable channels I came across a promo for an upcoming episode of ‘Later with Jools Holland’ and it was showing a clip of a tune by the band Poliça. I fell in love with it even after the quick clip.
The other night the Jimmy Fallon show had on the UK synthpop band Hot Chip as the musical guest. Since I love synthpop I really liked the song they played, “Don’t Deny Your Heart” off their “In Our Heads” album. It made me think that Hot Chip would exist if Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Depeche Mode had a baby.
In the mid to late 80’s the music genre that got all the play on the radio was Synthpop which was an outgrowth of New Wave with a fast heavy dance beat and loads of synths. Since I loved New Wave I also loved Synthpop. One song that caught my ears in 1987 was “Never Can Say Goodbye” by the UK band The Communards. I was familiar with the original by the Jackson 5 and the cover by Gloria Gaynor in the 70’s so I can see why this cover was popular in 1987.
I saw on the Intertubes that the Pet Shop Boys announced that a new album will be released in September (“Elysium”) and they released the first single with a video today. It is titled “Invisible”. That got me thinking about their first album “Please” that I bought on cassette back in 1986. I love the whole album but one of my favorite early PSB songs is “Later Tonight” which is the 10th track from that album.