Synthcentral 20170129: Top 25 Artists Who Influenced My Life

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Music Time! Home Alone… 10/8/16

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So it’s Saturday night. I’m at home alone. Suzie is out having fun with the girls. So what’s a man to do? Well, play GTA5, of course! And cook carnitas in the slow cooker. And drink Fireball and apple cider. And listen to music!

ARTIST: Bauhaus
SONG: Honeymoon Croon
ALBUM: Burning from the Inside
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: The Hong Kong
SONG: Mazerati
ALBUM: The Hong Kong
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Blutengel
SONG: Anders Sein
ALBUM: Nachtbringer (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Punk TV
SONG: Take Control
ALBUM: Space Shadows
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: The Mission
SONG: Hungry As The Hunter
ALBUM: Carved In Sand (Limited Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Dynatron
SONG: Propulsion Overdrive
ALBUM: Escape Velocity
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Freezepop
SONG: Strange
ALBUM: Imaginary Friends
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: HEADSCAN
SONG: Components
ALBUM: Shaper And Mechanist
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: Fake The Envy
SONG: Nothing Left to Say
ALBUM: Blind
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Blastromen
SONG: Human Beyond
ALBUM: Human Beyond
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Bow Ever Down
SONG: Trail Of Tears
ALBUM: Risen
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Sensuous Enemy
SONG: Intentions (The Light Asylum Mix)
ALBUM: Parity
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: William Control
SONG: Romance & Devotion
ALBUM: Silentium Amoris
YEAR: 2012

Man, I wish A Different Drum was still around!

ARTIST: WAVE IN HEAD
SONG: The Other Side
ALBUM: You
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Absolute Valentine
SONG: Bad News
ALBUM: Police Heartbreaker
YEAR: 2016

If you like Synthpop, then you’ll love to know that Moenia’s new album, Fantom, is now available! So go and check it out and then buy it!

This is not from their new album, but from 2004.

ARTIST: Moenia
SONG: Beber De Tu Sangre
ALBUM: Stereo Hits
YEAR: 2004

Halovox, last I heard, was going to release a new album this Summer, but it’s either delayed or I completely missed the announcement for it. Either way, can’t wait to hear the new tunes!

Here’s a Depeche Mode cover by Halocox. Speaking of covers, Halovox participated in a CAMOUFLAGE tribute album, that you can download for free at SynthRadio:
http://en.synth-radio.ru/tribute.html

ARTIST: halovox
SONG: Fly On The Windscreen
ALBUM: Halovox
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: A Blue Ocean Dream
SONG: The World Today
ALBUM: Father To Son
YEAR: 2008

Music Time! “July 4th” Edition. 7/4/16

It’s been a while since I posted some music. Since today is July 4th, I’m going with music about Independence, Freedom, Treason, Rebellion, etc. So let’s see what MediaMonkey comes up with!

Happy 4th to everyone! Please stay cool and safe as you celebrate today. Lots of heat issues out there, so stay hydrated and watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Oh, and keep your pets cool as well.

ARTIST: Figures on a Beach
SONG: Independence Day
ALBUM: Figures on a Beach
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Apoptygma Berzerk
SONG: Rebel
ALBUM: 7
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Miss FD
SONG: Rebel Apprentice
ALBUM: Monsters In The Industry
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Ruined Conflict
SONG: Treason
ALBUM: A.R.M.O.R (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Cryo
SONG: Freedom
ALBUM: Mixed Emotions
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Distorted Reality
SONG: Rebel Yell
ALBUM: Daydreams And Nightmares (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Atlantic Popes
SONG: Freedom
ALBUM: Atlantic Popes
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Funker Vogt
SONG: Civil War
ALBUM: Execution Tracks
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Provision
SONG: A New Revolution
ALBUM: A New Revolution
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Neon Electronics
SONG: Road to Freedom
ALBUM: NE
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Psy’Aviah
SONG: Song Of Independence
ALBUM: Introspection Extrospection (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2011

Don’t forget to check out Ayria on tour! She’ll be in Austin in December at Elysium Austin and I can’t wait to finally see her in concert!

ARTIST: Ayria
SONG: Selling-Rebellion
ALBUM: Flicker
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: DE/VISION
SONG: Freedom
ALBUM: Void
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Destroid
SONG: Revolution
ALBUM: Loudspeaker
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: The Comsat Angels
SONG: Independence Day
ALBUM: Waiting for a Miracle
YEAR: 1980

ARTIST: Alice in Videoland
SONG: We Are Rebels
ALBUM: She’s A Machine
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Wideband Network
SONG: Freedom
ALBUM: Universe (Extended Edition)
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: [:SITD:]
SONG: Revolution
ALBUM: Dunkelziffer (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Colony 5
SONG: Freedom
ALBUM: Lifeline
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Mindless Faith
SONG: Independence Day (Version)
ALBUM: Medication For The Misinformed
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Endless Shame
SONG: Rebel Girl
ALBUM: Generation Blind (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Cut Copy
SONG: Blink And You’ll Miss A Revolution
ALBUM: Zonoscope
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Violent Femmes
SONG: American Music
ALBUM: Add It Up (1981-1993)
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Whiteqube
SONG: Revolution Riot
ALBUM: Panic, Rage, Riot, Revolt! EP
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Bad Religion
SONG: American Dream
ALBUM: How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: Velvet Acid Christ
SONG: Revolution 101
ALBUM: Neuralblastoma
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: Covenant
SONG: We Want Revolution
ALBUM: Northern Light
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: The Mission
SONG: Hymn (For America)
ALBUM: Children (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: Love and Rockets
SONG: Be the Revolution
ALBUM: Hot Trip to Heaven
YEAR: 1994

ARTIST: Ruined Conflict
SONG: Rebellion
ALBUM: Revolutionary Mayhem
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Bigod 20
SONG: America
ALBUM: Steel Works
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: Funker Vogt
SONG: Revolution
ALBUM: Companion In Crime (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Falco
SONG: America
ALBUM: Greatest Hits
YEAR: 1999 (album)

ARTIST: Modulate
SONG: Revolution
ALBUM: Detonation (Extended Version)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Love and Rockets
SONG: An American Dream
ALBUM: Express
YEAR: 1986

And finally the perfect American song for today’s social and political environment in America:

ARTIST: Green Day
SONG: American Idiot
ALBUM: American Idiot
YEAR: 2004

Music Time! “LOVE” Edition (Part Two)! 6/14/16

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Earlier I posted Part One of the “LOVE” edition of my music shuffle. My Facebook feed has been full of hatred from many sides of many arguments and issues and I’ve just had enough. I also learned today that my daughter frequented Pulse in Orlando. I just don’t have the time or the inclination to deal with people’s hatred. So with that said… here are some more “love” songs from my library…

ARTIST: Missing Persons
SONG: Hello, I Love You
ALBUM: The Best of Missing Persons
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Droid Bishop
SONG: In Your Love
ALBUM: Beyond The Blue
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: The Sundays
SONG: Love
ALBUM: Blind
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: And One
SONG: Love You To the End
ALBUM: Bodypop
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Book of Love
ALBUM: Book of Love
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Shamen
SONG: L.S.I. Love Sex Intelligence
ALBUM: Boss Drum
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: The B-52’s
SONG: Summer of Love
ALBUM: Bouncing Off the Satellites
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: boyfriendgirlfriend
SONG: Down in the Love
ALBUM: Boyfriendgirlfriend EP
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Conetik
SONG: Lovesong 1
ALBUM: Carbon Elektriq V2
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: The Mission
SONG: Sea of Love
ALBUM: Carved In Sand (Limited Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Blaqk Audio
SONG: Semiotic Love
ALBUM: Cexcells
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Eve’s Plum
SONG: Loved By You
ALBUM: Cherry Alive
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: Inter-Connection
SONG: Breathing Love
ALBUM: Chrome
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Thompson Twins
SONG: Get That Love
ALBUM: Close To The Bone
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Echo Image
SONG: Messing With Love
ALBUM: Compuphonic
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: The Beloved
SONG: Rock to the Rhythm of Love
ALBUM: Conscience
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: The Human League
SONG: Love Is All That Matters
ALBUM: Crash
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Lovesong
ALBUM: Disintegration
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Midnight Oil
SONG: Outbreak of Love
ALBUM: Earth and Sun and Moon
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Ambra Red
SONG: The Complete Love Story
ALBUM: Electronic Creations For Special People
YEAR: 2010

Music Time! “World Goth Day” Edition. 5/22/16

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It’s World Goth Day! I never considered myself “Goth.” I do love a lot of Goth bands. I was more “New Wave” and had a greater affinity for Synthpop than I did Goth. Some of the bands that many consider to be “Goth” were not ones that I considered Goth or were what I considered barely Goth. But there is no denying that Goth culture and bands did influence me to a degree growing up.

So with that said… let’s listen to some Goth music (even from bands that I don’t consider to be Goth, but are listed as such).

First up is The Mission or The Mission UK as some call them here in the States. I first heard this song on Night Tracks (WTBS) waaaaaaaaaaay back. The song was Tower of Strength and I immediately fell in love with the sound and the vocals. I went out and bough the album Children the next day.

ARTIST: The Mission
SONG: Tower of Strength
ALBUM: Children (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 1988

Next up is a band that I absolutely love. I never considered L&R to be “Goth,” but a lot of people do. Perhaps it’s because of their roots in Bauhaus? Nevertheless, they’re considered Goth by the “experts,” so here there are. One of my favorite albums by L&R is Earth, Sun, Moon. The acoustic aspects really sit well with me and every song on the album I turned into a karaoke version.

ARTIST: Love and Rockets
SONG: No New Tale to Tell
ALBUM: Earth, Sun, Moon
YEAR: 1987

Next up is a band who is definitely Goth. So many great songs, not just that larger audiences may know, but the songs that aren’t played in clubs. Amazing musicians and the deep dark vocals pull you in.

ARTIST: The Sisters of Mercy
SONG: This Corrosion
ALBUM: Slight Case of Overbombing, A: Greatest Hits, Volume 1
YEAR: 1993 (album)

Next up is a band who I considered more on the edge of post-punk than Goth, but they got the rap, so we’ll run with it. Most people know “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” as it’s been redone what seems like a gazillion times by other bands. It’s a great song, but my favorite is Warsaw for some reason. I don’t know why, it just is. While the suicide of Ian ended Joy Division, there was a light at the end of that tunnel in New Order.

ARTIST: Joy Division
SONG: Warsaw
ALBUM: An Ideal for Living EP
YEAR: 1978

Next up is one of my all-time favorite bands. Their music meant so much to me. Along with all of their side projects and working with Robert Smith. They had me Spellbound!

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Spellbound
ALBUM: Juju
YEAR: 1981

Next up is another one of my all-time favorite bands. When Peter Murphy went solo that created another one of my all-time favorite bands. Such great musicians and vocalists all around. No denying the gothic nature of Bauhaus with songs like Bela Lugosi’s Dead, Dark Entries, etc. Burning from the Inside remains one of my favorite albums by Bauhaus that deserves to be listened to from beginning to end, non-stop.

ARTIST: Bauhaus
SONG: She’s In Parties
ALBUM: Burning from the Inside
YEAR: 1983

Next is absolutely my all-time favorite band. I’m still miffed that I missed them in Austin a bit ago, but $75 for nosebleed seats with no view of the stage? And those are the cheap seats? Yeah, I’ll pass. But that’s okay as I’ve seen them multiple times in my life. I’ll just smear my lipstick and sing warbling tones into a microphone to make myself feel better!

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Charlotte Sometimes
ALBUM: Charlotte Sometimes (Single)
YEAR: 1986

Next up is a band I never considered to be Goth, but I can understand why people place them in the category. To me there were ethereal and dreamy (not dreary). Maybe I’m being too strict on my definition of Goth? LOL

ARTIST: Cocteau Twins
SONG: Pandora
ALBUM: Treasure
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Black Tape for a Blue Girl
SONG: Knock Three Times
ALBUM: Halo Star
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: The Birthday Massacre
SONG: Midnight
ALBUM: Pins And Needles
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: clan of xymox
SONG: Back Door
ALBUM: Medusa
YEAR: 1986

The next band is not a band I would still consider Goth in the strictest sense, but they’re on the list and I lover them regardless of how they’re classified. I had the pleasure of seeing them at DragonCon and can’t wait to see them again! They really are an awesome band that you should check out (all of their albums).

ARTIST: Cruxshadows
SONG: Children In Black
ALBUM: Night Crawls In
YEAR: 1993

Next up is a band I really considered more New Age for most of their albums, but they’re on the list. Given some of their more darker songs, that doesn’t surprise me. While I love all of their stuff, there are two songs that stick to me emotionally: one for a silly reason (it was in the movie The Mist during the suicide scene), and the other for a better reason (it was playing on the radio when I arrived back in the States from the Navy to see my newborn twin daughters).

ARTIST: Dead Can Dance
SONG: The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
ALBUM: Into the Labyrinth
YEAR: 1993

These guys were more New Wave to me than Goth, but they’re on the list…

ARTIST: Lords of the New Church
SONG: Open Your Eyes
ALBUM: Lords of the New Church
YEAR: 1982