"Northern Echoes": my Early 80s Post-Punk playlist

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8 juin 2009, 19h48m

My first playlist is now up and consists of the kind of people I was listening to in my early twenties, some were more pop and others more alternative but, all were'heavily influenced by the energy of the punk scene and trying to move on from there musically and lyrically.

There was a huge range of experiments going on and I consider myself lucky to have been young at such an interesting time for rock music. The list reflects my preference for the melodic, the well-produced and a decent lyric.

I've restricted my list to artists from my home area, the North of England, and to Central Scotland. Featured acts include Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order/Joy Division, The Teardrop Explodes, Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark, Simple Minds and the Human League.

Many of these acts managed to chart and retain critically credibility. This was one of the hallmarks of the era: the fringe went mainstream; the charts were invaded by intelligent pop.

Enjoy!

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