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Other Mixes By Moe

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Synthesis : A Blending of 80s and 00s Pop

Artist Song Buy
Howard Jones  Pearl In The Shell  buy on itunes
Junior Senior  U and Me  buy on itunes
A Flock Of Seagulls  Telecommunication  buy on itunes
PoP!  Pop! Goes My Heart  buy on itunes
Men Without Hats  Pop Goes The World  buy on itunes
Music Go Music  Light Of Love  buy on itunes
Abba  Under Attack  buy on itunes
Cut Copy  Feel The Love  buy on itunes
The Human League  Open Your Heart  buy on itunes
M83  Kim & Jessie  buy on itunes
Heaven 17  Let Me Go  buy on itunes
Yelle  Ce Jeu  buy on itunes
Lio  BTbT Vampire  buy on itunes
Annie  I Know Ur Girlfriend Hates Me  buy on itunes
Tom Tom Club  This Is A Foxy World  buy on itunes
Hot Chip  Ready For The Floor  buy on itunes
Kon Kan  I Beg Your Pardon  buy on itunes
The Foxglove Hunt  That's Getting Personal  buy on itunes
New Order  The Village  buy on itunes
Flight Of The Conchords  Inner City Pressure  buy on itunes
Pet Shop Boys  Rent  buy on itunes

Comment:

After posting a mix celebrating 70s funk and some similar-sounding recent stuff, I thought it would be fun to do the same for 80s synthpop, with alternate tracks by current artists who emulate that magical era when men with funny hairdos and their synthesizers ruled the world. To lend authenticity to the mix, I invited my friend Cynthia to play the role of alternating dj. Now let me tell you about Cynthia. She's a (safety) dancing and walking anachronism for the eighties. Today she's wearing an oversized "Frankie Say Arm The Unemployed" t-shirt (cinched at the waist), which partially covers her tight red denim jeans. Her asymmetrical haircut is crimped and heavily gelled, and she didn't show any restraint when packing on the make-up. She hasn't listened to any new music since A Flock Of Seagulls lost their way -- and their wings. Needless to say, she was the perfect person to collaborate with on this mix. Cynthia, naturally odd, kicks things off with her imaginary boyfriend Howard Jones (and believe me, she really does have a poster of the perky pop star on her wall), and had the last word with the smug Pet Shop Boys before running off to catch a John Hughes retrospective at the multi-plex. A word about the cover: I took these photos at a club in San Diego known as Playskool in the 80s. Be the first person to correctly name the exact year, and I'll hook you up with a copy of the mix - and a date with Cynthia. That girl really needs to get out more.
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Mesh
Date: 7/3/2008
Wow.... Lots of high school flashback material here, and smartly avoiding some more obvious choices. Haven't heard all the more current songs, but Pop Goes My Heart is sure to be stuck in my head for the next three weeks now.... I'll guess the year as '86, perhaps?
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KathrynandRupert
Date: 7/3/2008
1984. A touch of the Roman Holidays about that lot and anyone who can remember them has been scarred beyond repair. Kon Kan, a foolhardy exercise in shocking terribleness and I really disliked Howard Jones but then I was still mourning the death of new wave at the time. I think people in the UK were dressing like that in 1983 but if this picture is from the US it's probably 84 as you lot were often behind the times :).
This is more a Kathryn mix but I do like 9, 11 and 21.
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Pop Kulcher
Date: 7/3/2008
Now all you need is a smarmy VH-1 4th-tier celebrity to narrate intros to each song. This is the genre I tried my best to avoid in the 80s (with mixed success, meaning I recognize all the 80s artists but not necessarily these particular songs); I've been much more successful at avoiding the 00's version and thus am in the dark on the other half of this. Of course, the New Order & Pet Shop Boys songs are legitimately great, and the Men Without Hats tune is a true guilty pleasure (and easily on par with the better-recognized "Safety Dance" -- and weren't those great videos back in the day?).
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anthony lombardi
Date: 7/3/2008
as far as my mind can comprehend, this could not have been executed better - give cynthia my best! the hot chip & new order songs are my favorites
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Saaf
Date: 7/3/2008
What goes around... comes around. Most of the 00 trax are unknown to me, but now I've bopped over to iTMS to pick up a few. Choice!
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Ken Harris
Date: 7/3/2008
More Moe is always a happy event! These tracks--at least many of them--harken back to my youth (nah, not really; more like my 30s) and I reflect fondly...Would love to hear this....Thoughtful and crafty...as always...
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e. buster
Date: 7/4/2008
Big smiles... I think I may have dated that boy on the right!! lol
I wasn't so much into the hyper-pop of the 80's, but I guess I've softened up over the years. The Cut Copy and Hot Chip are current faves. Really fun mix - well done.
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Rob Conroy
Date: 7/4/2008
Not my favorite sub-style from either period of time, but it has its moments, and this is certainly clever and well-compiled.
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MarkSmith
Date: 7/5/2008
nicely compiled
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p the swede
Date: 7/5/2008
well well, I think I like the modern songs best here and I think the year is 85
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blasikin
Date: 7/5/2008
Looks like fun! I guess I'll go with '86. I bet Cynthia and my girlfriend Beth would hit it off. She could probably sing all the odd ones by heart. We'll have to hook up for karaoke next time you two are up in LA.
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avocado rabbit
Date: 7/5/2008
I really like the execution of the mix even though it's not my favorite genre, but as Rob says it has its moments. Don't they all?
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doowad
Date: 7/6/2008
Moe, you have been disinfected, glory, glory!I have always had a soft spot for The Human League myself.
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sport !
Date: 7/6/2008
Not unlike Cynthia, I'm a bit late to the party! I'm gonna guess 1987!
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sammyg123
Date: 7/8/2008
I'll guess at 83. It's all ver Karma Chameleon/Temptation both of which were hits in that year over here.
I like a lot, no surprises there - my absolute favourites are the opener and closer. That Kon Kan song continues to take a battering, but I think it's just a great song, and I'm sure they had lots of fun recording it. But my absolute favourite fave here is probably tk 4, Hugh is so swoonsome in that video :)
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Moe
Date: 7/9/2008
Mesh was correct with his guess of 1987. Blasikin was right too, but Mesh buzzed in first. Cynthia can't wait to meet you!
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Moe
Date: 7/9/2008
Woops! Meant to say 1986. My bad.
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deja_vu_all_over_again
Date: 7/22/2008
Fab fab indeed. Saw Yelle live a few weeks back - highly recommended if you get the chance...

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