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When the Wind Blows  performed by David Bowie  1986
Composed by David Bowie, Erdal Kizilcay

I discovered this work of absolute genius today - it was on a 3 disc Bowie compilation ("The Platinum Collection") which a colleague was playing at work.

The song starts with an echoey 80s drum sound with a repeated guitar riff, behind which we begin to hear a beautiful chord sequence played on the synth. The riff drops out and Bowie sings a fantastic melody over the chord sequence, which takes many subtle and grand turns. The song has a relatively complicated construction and instrumentation.




Urban Foxes  performed by Search Party  1982
Composed by Alan Rear, Lee Jacob

Great piece of early 80s electronica produced by Tony Mansfield of New Musik and featuring the innovative and distinctive synthesizer-filled textures and chord sequences typical of his work. If anyone hears that it's available on CD, please let me know!




You are the one  performed by Mike + the Mechanics  1985
Composed by Mike Rutherford/Christopher Neil

Just a great soppy synthy song. Nice chords. The lyrics are pretty good in a dreamy, soppy way. I heard it for the first time yesterday. I probably wouldn't have liked it much in 1985.

No-one seems to be certain which of two guest singers performed the lead vocal, but it certainly sounds nothing like Paul Carrack or the late Paul Young, who were to become the band's usual vocalists.

from Mike + the Mechanics (Virgin)


The Dogs and the Horses (NYC acoustic)  performed by The Divine Comedy  1996
Composed by Neil Hannon

A very beautiful song musically and lyrically. I much prefer this piano/vocal version from the Becoming more like Alfie CD single to the rather over-orchestrated one on the album "Casanova"

from Becoming more like Alfie


Should I Laugh or Cry  performed by Abba  1981

One of several great tracks from the end of their career as a band. Fantastic recording quality, too. Originally the B side for "One of Us", omitted from "The Visitors" but included as a bonus track from 1997 onwards.




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