80's

Tres - "Break Your Body Down" by Matt Bomarr

tres - "break your body down" (download) (removed)

If you've been following the blog for a while, you've noticed that I can't get enough of the Crispy Nuggets blog. They have unearthed so may hidden minimal synth gems and shared them via their series of Crispy Nuggets comps. Tres is still a mystery to most. Some suspect they were Swedish. That's about it.

Robert Hazard - "Escalator of Life" by Matt Bomarr

robert hazard - "escalator of life" (download) (removed)

Philadelphia's Robert Hazard was probably best known as the guy who originally wrote "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which was later made popular by Cyndi Lauper. In 1982, he had this minor new wave hit for RCA records. Unfortunately, Robert died of pancreatic cancer in 2008 at the age of 60. (Big ups to Jordy Trachtenberg for putting me on to this song).

Ministry - "Revenge" by Matt Bomarr

ministry - "revenge" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/13364641-1f5.mp3]

I haven't posted any early Ministry in a bit, so I figured I'd share this gem from their With Sympathy record.  It came out in 1983 and is completely different from what they were doing in their later years.  This is much more synthpop-y than industrial. buy

Glorious Strangers - "Move It Time" by Matt Bomarr

[audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/10712225-cb3.mp3]

I haven't been able to dig up much information about Glorious Strangers aside from what the always great Mutant Sounds blog had to say:
"The product of one Wharton Tiers, esteemed NY engineer for the likes of Branca/Swans/Sonic Youth back in the day, here working alongside his wife Carol on vocals, Glorious Strangers being one of two of Wharton's period projects to feature on MS, Jim having posted the 3x7" set by his concurrent outfit Social Climbers some time back. Under the Glorious Strangers guise, he and Carol concoct smirky bon mots of demure quirk akin to Y Pants or Inflatable Boy Clams to vaguely amusing effect."
"Move It Time" is from the impressive compilation New York Noise, Vol. 2, a compilation that showcases some early 80's no wave bands and features the likes of Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca, Jim Jarmusch, Arthur Russell and more. If you like bands like ESG, you might like Glorious Strangers.

Lisfrank - "Man Without Limits" by Matt Bomarr

[audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/10649039-473.mp3]

Lisfrank was a one-man-band from Italy who was most active in the 80's. Very dark-themed synth, and very good. "Man Without Limits" appeared on last years collection of hard to find Lisfrank tracks called Mask Rewind, an extremely limited vinyl release that came with a limited white vinyl 7". It originally appeared on the highly sought after Mask Productions compilation First Relation back in 1983. If you can track this down, be sure to pick it up.

Body Electric - "Magic Electronic" by Matt Bomarr

[audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/10572368-a83.mp3]

This little gem of a 7" from 1984 has been recently re-issued as a 12" by Moustache Records out of the Netherlands. Extremely catchy, heavily-Vocoded electro. The new 12" reissue has some alternate edits, as well as the equally as good "5595." To the best of my knowledge, the 12" is currently available via Clone Records, which means it's going to cost you about $40 US to purchase it on vinyl, but if you're just in the mood to own the MP3's, you can pick it up digitally for significantly less over at the Boomkat store. I might have to start saving my pennies.