Synthcentral 20170129: Top 25 Artists Who Influenced My Life

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Music Time! 2/19/16

Okay, let’s do another shuffle and maybe introduce people to music they haven’t heard!

ARTIST: The Clash
SONG: Safe European Home
ALBUM: Story of the Clash, Vol. 1
YEAR: 1978 (song)

ARTIST: The Chameleons
SONG: Paper Tigers
ALBUM: Script of the Bridge
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: Rotersand
SONG: Waiting To Be Born (Rework)
ALBUM: Waiting To Be Born (CD Single)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: The Ocean Blue
SONG: Cake
ALBUM: Davy Jones’ Locker
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: Julien-K
SONG: Disease
ALBUM: Death To Analog
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: And One
SONG: Pray
ALBUM: 9.9.99 9 Uhrf
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Skinny Puppy
SONG: Killing Game
ALBUM: Last Rights
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Fixmer/McCarthy
SONG: A Great and Distant Silence
ALBUM: Into The Night
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Blutengel
SONG: Angel Dust II
ALBUM: Angel Dust
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Vision Anomaly
SONG: Eutanasia
ALBUM: [Re]Evolution Process
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Dust of Basement
SONG: Fires
ALBUM: Meridian
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Ego Likeness
SONG: Raise Your Red Flags
ALBUM: The Order of the Reptile
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Echo and the Bunnymen
SONG: King Of Your Castle
ALBUM: Reverberation
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Surveillance
SONG: Voyeur
ALBUM: Oceania
YEAR: 2014

2014, Thank You for the Music!

Man Listening to HeadphonesI usually put this out at the end of the year, but I still had some music to import into my library and wanted to make sure I had everyone on the list!

2014 was a great year for music. It wasn’t as an amazing year as 2013 was for quantity, but what it lacked in quantity it certainly made up for with quality. A lot of great bands that I love put out new music in 2014.

I’m a huge fan of EBM, Futurepop, Industrial Dance, Synthpop, New Wave, etc. I’m always happy to see the scene continue to produce new bands and great music. And this year marked new albums by some bands a few of us older folks will recognize, like Billy Idol, Information Society, and Simple Minds!

Thanks to the following bands for putting out new stuff in 2014!

Billy Idol — Kings & Queens of the Underground
Birthday Massacre, The — Superstition
BlutEngel — Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey)
Bryan Ferry — Avonmore
Bush — Man on the Run
Clan of Xymox — Matters of Mind, Body and Soul
Client — Authority
Combichrist — We Love You
Cosmicity — Humans May Safely Graze
Cryo — Retropia
Diary of Dreams — Elegies in Darkness
Echo & The Bunnymen — Meteorites
Erasure — Reason EP
Erasure — Violet Flame, The
Faderhead — Atoms & Emptiness
Front Line Assembly — Echoes
Haerts — Haerts
Information Society — Hello World
Iris — Radiant
Laibach — Spectre
Live — Turn, The
Melotron — Werkschau
Mental Discipline — Butterfly EP
Mitch Murder — Interceptor
Morrissey — World Peace Is None of Your Business
New Division, The — Together We Shine
Nine Inch Nails — Recoiled
Perturbator — Dangerous Days
Peter Murphy — Lion
Phantogram — Voices
Seabound — Speak In Storms
Simple Minds — Big Music
Smashing Pumpkins — Monuments to an Elegy
St. Vincent — St. Vincent
Surveillance — Oceania
Thomas Bergersen — Sun
THYX — Super Vision
Trust, The — Joyland
Weezer — Everything Will Be Alright In the End
Whiteqube — Panic, Rage, Riot, Revolt! EP
Xenturion Prime — Mecha Rising

Echo & the Bunnymen

“All In Your Mind” by Echo & The Bunnymen.

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Words by Ian McCulloch, music by Sergeant/McCulloch/Pattinson/DeFreitasl. © 1987 WEA Records, Ltd.

You say you’re proud to be one of the people
Hands in the money and your feet on the ground
Shouting out loud from the top of the steeple
Counting the flock while collecting their pounds
All you thieving wheeler-dealers in the healing zone
Giving me fever, fever, fever, fever down to my bones

I pray
and nothing happens
Jesus
It’s all in my mind
You say stop looking for answers and reasons
They’re all in your mind

Covered in flies and smothered in lava
I can’t scratch my itches with these pumice stone hands
I dream of my days as a desert farmer
Living my life on the fat of the sand
All you thieving wheeler-dealers in the healing zone
Giving me fever, fever, fever, fever down to my bones

I pray
and nothing happens
Jesus
It’s all in my mind
You say stop looking for answers and reasons
They’re all in your mind

Stuck in a world losing its way and wonder
I wonder what happened in the world we knew
Splitting the atom and feeling the thunder
Could never ever make me feel the way you do
You give me fever, fever, fever, fever down to my bones
Wheel me, wheel me, wheel me to the healing zone

I pray
and nothing happens
Jesus
It’s all in my mind
You say stop looking for answers and reasons
They’re all in your mind

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“New Direction” by Echo & The Bunnymen.

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Words by Ian McCulloch, music by Sergeant/McCulloch/Pattinson. © 1987 WEA Records, Ltd.

Out on a limb
Did you see what the cat dragged in?
Take it on the chin
Catching fire on a roof of tin

You’ve learnt to speak and you’re professing
The right to teach us our direction
But I found out on close inspection
True imperfections

I’m looking for a new direction
Where in the world am I?
I took the word and the words was resurrection
And then you took me out to climb

Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Kissing the spires
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Souls on fire

Inside of my head
I heard what the good Lord said
“Beware” he said
If you don’t you might end up dead

You suck the air right out of me
But though you suck you cannot see
That life and living is not free
Though you live you do not breathe

I’m looking for a new direction
Where in the world am I?
I took the word and the words was resurrection
And then you took me out to climb

Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Kissing the spires
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Souls on fire

I have changed
But still me heart
Remains intact
And true love stays
But will our hearts
Retain the lack of

No sense and no direction
Who in the world am I?
I took the word and the word was resurrection
And then you took me out to climb

Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Kissing the spires
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Higher and higher
Souls on fire

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“Never Stop” by Echo & The Bunnymen.

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Words by Ian McCulloch, music by Sergeant/McCulloch/Pattinson/DeFreitas. © 1983 Zoo Music/Warner Brothers Music, Ltd..

Good God you said, “Is that the only thing you care about?”
Splitting up the money and share it out?
The cake’s been eaten straight through the mouth
Poison
Poised to come back in season
For all the ones who lacked reason

Measure by measure drop by drop
And pound for pound we’re taking stock
Of all the treasures still unlocked
The love you found must never stop

The king is dead and long live the people who aim above
All the simple stuff never understood
Like right from bad and wrong from good
Deny that you were ever tempted by the lie
That there’s an answer in the sky

Measure by measure drop by drop
And pound for pound we’re taking stock
Of all the treasures still unlocked
The love you found must never stop

Never stop