1987 - George Michael, from the album Faith
“Before this river becomes an ocean,
Before you throw my heart back on the floor,
Oh baby, I reconsider my foolish notion.
Well, I need someone to hold me, but I’ll wait for something more.
Yes, I gotta have faith.”
I spent two days on this, which is much longer than I normally would. Primarily because it was hard af to mix. This is probably one of the least surprising musical conclusions because it fit the image in a way that was… idk, obvious? I think maybe going forward I should try out some less obvious choices. My guitar chops have withered a bit, but at this point I don’t care too much.
@bichcarito‘s retro gal OC inspired this, and I love the color and style so much.
Go check out more of her work. There’s a lot of cool cupped canary there too. It’s pretty lit.
‘Smalltown Boy’ by Bronski Beat, from ‘Age of Consent’
Tying Tiffany x Drop
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PET SHOP BOYS - “GET IT ONLINE”
Oh, boy, a song that’s critical of capitalism. And online shopping, you say? Quelle surprise. The only way this song could be more straightforward in its blase messaging would be if it were the B-side to the Pet Shop Boys’ single, “Love is a Bourgeois Construct,” which it was. It’s a bit on the shallow side, sure, lacking in the cleverness or depth of irony of “Shopping” and “Opportunities,” but musically I think this song works rather well, echoing Kraftwerk fairly obviously with its chattering samples in an assortment of languages that underscore the increasing universality of this sort of lifestyle, while also kind of inverting that style by using it to criticize, rather than admire, the technology in question. That bit is sort of anti-Kraftwerk I suppose, as is the use of some breathier and less deadpan vocals at times. I’m tempted to try and read into the title something more, and see a sort of pun around the notion of “getting something online” as in, getting it to be operational and functional. But I can’t really delude myself…this track’s exactly what it says on the tin. Take it or leave it–I find it a bit of a guilty pleasure. :)
This can’t be happening I’m not
So sure this feeling’s gonna stop
Will I have a real life?
Will I see the sunlight in your eyes?
I want the innocence of love
Just like what you’ve been dreaming of
Will I have a real life?
Will I see the passion in your eyes
Flash and The Pan - Walking In The Rain
Duran Duran “Ordinary World” Spanish ‘wedding’ sleeve (1992, 1993)
Many of synthpop’s biggest names of the Eighties pulled back in the following decade due to declining interest, changing tastes, and the industry’s ever-changing thirst for something new. Not to say their careers stopped there. Those names still continued on playing shows, releasing records, and issuing retrospectives. Depeche Mode is arguably the most enduring of those names. Duran Duran, though not enjoying as much spotlight as the previous, are still going. They just released Budokan in 2018. “Ordinary World” would be the last I’d hear or care of them as it’s the final radio hit I’d catch of theirs. The things only you could recall when you’re a synthpop child.
Spain has an exclusive ‘wedding’ jacket showing photos of the band members’ parents on their wedding day. A similar jacket offers an acoustic version of the marquee single, also from Spain.