The Best of 2011- So Far

July 1, 2011


We can’t believe the year is half over, and what a year it has been for us. After 3 incredible years of following other people’s blogs on electronic and synthpop music, we decided to create our own. We weren’t sure if it would succeed, honestly. Our core music interests lie in synthpop and 80s music, and the genre had begun to fade from public flavor. We weren’t sure if there would still be music to write about, which is why we didn’t directly reference the genre in our name. We were wrong, very wrong, judging from the amount of incredible music that has come out this year and from the amount of readers we have won over. We would like to give special thanks to Daybehavior who included our quote to promote their single and Fil Ok, who has contacted us about using our quote for his press release. We would also like to thank Marsheaux and Kid Kasio who have tweeted about us. We would also like to thank the bands who have posted or commented about us on Facebook or posted our review on their website like Shindu, The Scientists of Modern Music, Miracle, Northern Kind, Starlings and Queen of Hearts (we are sure we are leaving stuff out, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate your support). We also like to thank NewNextNow for picking up our concert review of OMD and publishing it on their website. Ultimately, we like to thank you, our readers. We have grown expotientally, since our first post in March. To give you a sense of this, here is a chart that shows the number of page totals for the 4 months we have been live.

We are so happy you are finding interest in what we are writing about and promise to continue the hard work we have begun for your enjoyment. Feel free to write to us about how we are doing and what you would like to have covered. We promise it will inflate our egos and give us continual motivation. You can email us or visit us on Facebook. We would like to give a summary of the year so far, so without further babbling…

Our Favorite Songs of 2011 So Far
DayBehavior – Silent Dawn
Hurts – Sunday
Kid Kasio – Over And Over
Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
Mirrors – Into The Heart
Queen Of Hearts – Freestyle (teaser clip)

The Sound Of Arrows – Nova

Our Favorite Remixes of 2011 So Far
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Johan Agebjörn & Ercola feat. Queen Of Hearts – The Last Day Of Summer (Le Matos Remix)
Penguin Prison – Fair Warning (Oliver Remix)

Queen of Hearts-Where Are You Now (Fear of Tigers Remix)

Starlings – Sirens (The Sanfernando Sound Remix)

You Really Like Me! Top Post Views
1. Hello? Hello? Is It Me You’re Looking For?
2. Marsheaux – Can You Stop Me
3. Brigitte Fontaine ft. Grace Jones: Dancefloor
4. Where Are They Now – Kim Wilde
5. Miracle – The Visitor

Top “Where Are They Now” – The Bands You Really Wanted To Know About
1. Kim Wilde
2. Alphaville
3. Billie Ray Martin
4. Blondie
5. Blancmange
Not So Much: Duran Duran, The Human League, Propaganda, OMD.

Second Chances. Least Viewed Posts
Jupiter – Sake
Tiger Love – Gio Gio
Shit Robot – Losing My Patience
Mason featuring Roisin Murphy – Boadicea
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OMG Video: Golden Bug – Sex Beat


Flashback Friday – Morrissey and Kim Wilde on “Pop Quiz” (1984)

April 30, 2011

Test your 80s trivia knowledge on this jaw-dropping musical game show from 1984. I’m totally on team Kim Wilde and Morrissey. Other panelists include members of Kajagoogoo and Simple Minds. The premise is pretty simple: play song bits, videos and song lyrics and then try to guess the artist and/or song. Morrissey seemed to get a break since he got questions about Echo and the Bunnyman and Nancy Sinatra (and Phil Collins?!). Great classic 80s snipplets make it worth checking out even though the sound volume is kinda low.

Part 1

Part 2


Where Are They Now – Kim Wilde

April 27, 2011

Then: It is hard to imagine that it was 30 years ago that a song would be released that would forever change my musical landscape. That song was Kids In America, and the artist is Kim Wilde. I remember watching MTV for the first time at my grandparents house and being completely mesmorized by the video, the synthesizers and of her. I had to have the single, then album, then consequent albums and singles. I joined the fan club, sought out and discovered other electronic bands and realized that Britain had all the good music. After Kids In America, Kim Wilde did not do so well in America until 1987 when her remake of the Supremes, You Keep Me Hanging On, concquered the American charts, climbing all the way to Number 1. She had a couple of near top 40 misses(Say You Really Want Me and You Came), before disappearing forever from American ears. Her success in the UK also began to decline, and with the exception of the occassional moderate hit, wasn’t able to keep the momentum she had built with her hugely successful album, Close.

Now: In 2003, Kim Wilde contributed vocals to the Nena track, Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime, which became a huge hit in Germany as well as some other European countries. This eventually led to a recording contract in Germany where she released an updated version of You Came and new song, Perfect Girl, which were well-received. Now she is back with a new album and lead single, Lights Down Low, returns her to her rockin’ dance years, particularly, Can’t Get Enough (Of Your Love) and Never Trust A Stranger.


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