OMD – Sugar Tax revisited

When Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark returned in 2010 with History of Modern, the band reignited a career that has remained strangely under appreciated by mainstream fans of 80s synth-pop. The band’s balance of art and commerce has occasionally danced too far in one direction (Dazzle Ships) or the other (Crush) but the albums that strike the right balance, such as 1981’s Architecture & Morality, are essential to the genre. Their last two albums, English Electric (2013) and The Punishment of Luxury (2017), are stunning works of pop from the packaging to the songs. In fact, they might be the band’s two strongest albums from start to finish. And then there is 1991’s Sugar Tax. Somewhat lost between their imperial phase of 80s hit singles and their glorious return, Sugar Tax has faded from memory.

New 80 track CD & booklet – Electrical Language: Independent British Synthpop 78-84

Cherry Red Records is putting out a 4CD 80 track set that celebrates the independent side of the UK’s post punk synthpop boom that took place between 1978 and 1984. The collection is called Electrical Language and it also comes with a booklet featuring the sleeve notes from many of the recordings and words from the artists themselves. The collection includes several household names such as OMD, The Normal , Human League, Thomas Dolby and Fad Gadget in addition to underground artists from the era.