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Becoming increasingly less 'electronic' - simply another '80s' compilation
on 10 April 2014
Another somewhat dissappointing outing from MOS, which has clearly been compiled by people who either did'nt live through the 80s or have no concept as to what electronic music is (or 'was' back then). Literally half of the compositions on here are certainly not what anyone would call electro or synthpop in any sense whatsoever, with the compilers simply throwing together a bunch of generic 80s hits onto three discs and hoping that the MOS name will 'shift units' regardless of relevant musical content. It's so shoddy that I'm surprised 'The Birdy Song' does'nt get an outing (at least it was synth-based !). Depeche Mode still don't feature for a third time so quite clearly some kind of rights issue is involved.
Would like to have seen the likes of The The (This Is The Day), The Assembly (Never Never), New Order (Technique, not Confusion !), PhD (I Won't Let You Down), Trans-X (Living On Video), Jon & Vangelis (I'll Find My Way Home), Japan (Methods of Dance or Life In Tokyo), PSBs (It's A Sin or Left To My Own Devices), David Sylvian-Ryuichi Sakamoto (Bamboo Houses), Bauhaus (Kick In The Eye), Bowie (Ashes To Ashes, not China Girl !), Siouxie ('Israel', not Dear Prudence !), Godley & Creme (Under Your Thumb), Peter Gabriel (Games Without Frontiers, not Sledgehammer !), Yazoo (Bring Your Love Down), The Cure (A Forest or Charlotte Sometimes, not The Walk !), Cabaret Voltaire (Just Fascination), H20 (I Dream To Sleep) and even the cheesy Aneka hit 'Japanese Boy'. the list goes on.
There are certainly around 30-odd genuinely good 'electro' selections on here so it's not a complete dead loss (so you are only getting around one-third's worth of 'electronic' 80s stuff). On the whole this is yet another missed opportunity by MOS and no doubt volume 4 (should it ever materialise) must strive to do a lot better then this, given the vast amount of relevant material out there.