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7th May '17 10:44:21 PM modgethanc
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There's also been a resurgence of synth pop in the indie arena, taking its cues from early 80's new wave (You know, keyboards and depression, together in perfect harmony. Leads to artists with names like ''Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.'')

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There's also been a resurgence significant influence of synth pop in the indie arena, taking its cues from early 80's new wave wave. (You know, keyboards and depression, together in perfect harmony. Leads to artists with names like ''Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.'')



Although strongly associated with TheEighties, since the 2000s or so it has had a revival in the form of modern acts that use a deliberately {{Retraux}} sound to emulate the style of classic synth pop as a GenreThrowback to this era. A term used for similar-sounding modern artists is ''electropop''; the difference between the two is subtle but electropop is entirely electronic music (synths, drum machines etc.) with a poppy bent while synth pop is pop which happens to use electronics, and may have guitar and acoustic drums (which electropop as a rule doesn't). A term used during TheNineties was ''electroclash'' for a subgenre that combined synth pop with Main/{{Techno}}.



** ''Music/SwitchedOnBach'' (1968) (An UrExample, sort of)

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** ''Music/SwitchedOnBach'' (1968) (An UrExample, sort of)(A TropeCodifier)
* Music/CharliXCX



* Music/{{Goldfrapp}}



* Music/{{Grimes}} (Another recent example)

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* Music/{{Grimes}} (Another recent (a modern example)



* Music/TearsForFears (On their earliest work, at least)

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* Music/TearsForFears (On their earliest work, at least)



* ''Yello'' (Best known for the oddball hit "[[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Oh]] [[EarWorm Yeah]]")

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* ''Yello'' (Best known for the oddball hit "[[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Oh]] [[EarWorm Yeah]]")and EarWorm "Oh Yeah" from ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'')
15th Mar '17 7:31:57 PM Jake18
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* Music/{{Erasure}}
6th Feb '17 5:36:16 PM Jake18
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* Music/{{Ultravox}}
6th Feb '17 5:27:14 PM Jake18
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* Music/TearsForFears (On their earliest work, a least)

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* Music/TearsForFears (On their earliest work, a at least)
6th Feb '17 5:24:41 PM Jake18
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* Music/{{Lights}}
6th Feb '17 5:23:54 PM Jake18
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* Music/{{Ministry}} (yes, THAT Ministry. Their first record was completely synthpop. Their second changed to a dark [[{{Industrial}} EBM]] while their third completely changed to IndustrialMetal, in which case everything got heavier and heavier)

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* Music/{{Ministry}} (yes, THAT Ministry. Their first record was completely synthpop. Their second changed to a dark [[{{Industrial}} EBM]] style while their third completely changed to IndustrialMetal, in which case everything got heavier and heavier)
30th Nov '16 3:51:12 AM Trueman001
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* Music/DickHyman
** ''Moog: The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman'' (1969)
3rd Oct '16 9:30:24 PM KYCubbie
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** ''Music/TheWeddingAlbum'' (1993)

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** ''Music/TheWeddingAlbum'' (1993)''[[Music/TheWeddingAlbum Duran Duran]]'' (1993) also known as ''The Wedding Album'' to distinguish it from the group's 1981 self-titled album
16th Sep '16 10:18:48 PM mlsmithca
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This genre was very influential during TheEighties (although it's OlderThanTheyThink; the very first synth album[[note]]as far as anyone knows[[/note]], ''The In Sound From Way Out!'' by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, was an example of Synth Pop '''''in 1966''''', nearly 20 years before the genre became popular[[note]]in part because the 1966 Moog catalogue didn't include any keyboard module, so the two Perrey/Kingsley albums had to be painstakingly recorded one note at a time[[/note]]). The Tornados' 1962 hit "Telstar" is also pointed to as an UrExample[[note]]although their instrument was a clavioline, not a synthesiser as such[[/note]]. Whilst many eighties pop bands were not ''predominantly'' electronic, they were usually ''significantly'' electronic and made generous use of of their synthesizers and drum machines.

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This genre was very influential during TheEighties (although it's OlderThanTheyThink; the very first synth album[[note]]as far as anyone knows[[/note]], ''The In Sound From Way Out!'' by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, was an example of Synth Pop '''''in 1966''''', '''in 1966''', nearly 20 years before the genre became popular[[note]]in part because the 1966 Moog catalogue didn't include any keyboard module, so the two Perrey/Kingsley albums had to be painstakingly recorded one note at a time[[/note]]). The Tornados' 1962 hit "Telstar" is also pointed to as an UrExample[[note]]although their instrument was a clavioline, not a synthesiser as such[[/note]]. Whilst many eighties pop bands were not ''predominantly'' electronic, they were usually ''significantly'' electronic and made generous use of of their synthesizers and drum machines.
21st Jul '16 8:23:21 AM Jake18
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* Music/OwlCity
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