Archive for December, 2008

Starter- Start CD-R

Posted in 1980s, 1981, 2004, minimal, swiss, synth, wave on December 29, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

The following upload comes as a request, and features Swiss minimal synth band Starter’s entire discography. Starter formed in 1981 as a three piece, led by Francis Foss, who remained the only original member after a personnel switch in 1985.

Starter would release one LP in 1981, followed by several 12” releases throughout the late eighties, calling it quits in 1989. Francis Foss was also active in Shy Rose, a Swiss Italo Disco act who released a handful of singles.

In 2004, Topfuel Entertainment collected Starter’s discography and released it as an extremely limited CD-R pressing, sold alongside a DVD of various live performances over the years. Only sixty copies of this fine release exist, and I’ve had my eyes peeled for ages. Snap one up if you see it! Otherwise, here’s the information for the CD-R portion.

Starter- Start CD-R
1. Lunapark
2. Is This Love
3. Minijupe
4. Baby
5. Plastic
6. Tanger
7. Tarzan And Jane
8. Machinedrum
9. Part Of You
10. Victim
11. My Love
12. Night By Night
13. Cause I Love You
14. Victim Of The Beat

*download it here*

Though I have yet to find an original copy of this release, a generous party has uploaded a video from the DVD-R portion, so please click below to view live performances of both Lunapark and Minijupe from 1982:


ATTENTION, dear readers- you can now get a remastered copy of this LP via the always excellent DARK ENTRIES label, an awesome reissue label based out of the west coast. Click here for more info!


Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to report that the entire 2008 backlog of Systems of Romance has been reuploaded and is live once and for all! It was a tedious, tedious process, so thanks for your patience. Feel free to scour the backlogs for fresh links, and if anything is amiss, drop me a note.

Otherwise, I have a post ready for this afternoon, so expect regular activity to resume on a more steady basis. Happy (post)holidays!

A Popular History of Signs- Taste LP/Comp

Posted in 1980s, 1987, a popular history of signs, minimal, synth, uk on December 15, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

A request for today, ladies and gentlemen. This post contains London based minimal synth band A Popular History of Signs and their 1987 singles collection, Taste.

The three-piece outfit (centering around Andrew Jarman on bass/vocals, Peter Scammell on keyboards, and Paul Clarke on percussion) released their first 7” record in 1980, and ended with this compilation and their final LP, 1988′s England in the Rain (which featured a slightly expanded lineup and a more pop-oriented approach).

Though the band never earned a huge following, they remained a cult favorite, attracting the attention of Ministry’s Al Jourgenson, who remixed both ‘Ladder Jack’ and ‘House,’ both versions which appear below. The rest of the compilation tracks appeared originally as 7” and 12” releases over the course of the 1980s.

Andrew Jarman is now flying solo under the Southern Arts Society moniker, recording and playing to date.

A Popular History of Signs- Taste LP/compilation
1. Crowds
2. Justice Not Vengeance
3. Dancing With Ideas
4. Stigma
5. Art Of Persuasion
6. If She Was A Car
7. Ladder Jack
8. Trapped
9. Body And Soul
10. House
11. Rock & Roll (Velvet Underground cover)
12. Run Through The Jungle (John Fogerty cover)

*download it here*

Les Joyaux De La Princesse- Aux Petits Enfants De France cassette

Posted in 1980s, 1989, 1990s, 2000s, ambient, death in june, experimental, france, industrial, les joyaux de la princesse on December 12, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Les Joyaux De La Princesse are a most recent obsession of mine, and I am pleased to offer up a record that’s been buzzing in my ears for a week straight. In short, Les Joyaux De La Princesse is a one man project from the heart of France. Les Joyaux De La Princesse has dabbled in several styles over the course of countless collaborations, generally circling around the industrial/noise/dark ambient realm.

The project began as far back as 1986, but the first recorded work, the cassette uploaded below, appeared in 1989. Since then, Les Joyaux De La Princesse has released countless limited edition records, each acting as a brief audio document of French history dating back as far as the 1930s. Les Joyaux De La Princesse has also collaborated with several key players in the scene, including the likes of Death in June, Muslimgauze, and Blood Axis. As of 2008, the man behind Les Joyaux De La Princesse records additional material as La Voix Des Nôtres.

Records indicate that the debut uploaded below hails from an extremely limited cassette recording. A limited edition of 49, I reckon this 1989 record would fetch a pretty penny if uncovered in its original form. It was re-released on CD in 1993. Without any further ado, the detials:

Les Joyaux De La Princess- Aux Petits Enfants De France Cassette
1. Exode
2. Témoignage
3. Jours Sombre
4. Automne 1941
5. Le Tambours Des Orphelins
6. L’Hommage À L. Fouquet (Le Drapeu)
7. Le Petit Garçon
8. Dernier Editorial (Lesage)

*download it here*

For more information, including scattered discography, images, interviews, and other goodies, please direct your attention to the following sites:

Chronoglide dot come

Rational Youth- Cold War Night Life LP

Posted in 1980s, 1982, 2000s, canadian, minimal, rational youth, synth, synthpop on December 9, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Second post for today, ladies and gents. Feeling a bit productive today. Below lies a recent favorite of mine, making its way into my latest DJ sets.

The Canadian synthpop/minimal wave band Rational Youth began in 1981 as a duo. Members Tracy Howe (ex-Heaven 17/Men Without Hats) and Bill Vorn released several singles and their debut record, Cold War Night Life in 1982. Soon after the record was released, Bill Vorn departed, marking the beginning of several lineup shifts that would occur over the following years. Several EPs and one more full length (1985′s Heredity, more of a Howe solo record under label intervention) followed before Howe retired the name for almost a decade.

In 1997, Howe reactivated Rational Youth, releasing one more record and touring for four years before playing their final show in 2001. Bill Vorn would join Tracy for the very first show, but could not return to the band full time, instead choosing to persue his interactive robotic work.

Uploaded below is the original Rational Youth LP, Cold War Night Life, released in 1982 by the original two-man lineup. This album was re-released in 1997 on CD with a few bonus tracks, also generously uploaded below.

Rational Youth- Cold War Night Life LP
1. Close To Nature
2. Beware The Fly
3. Saturdays In Silesia
4. Just A Sound In The Night
5. Le Meilleur Des Mondes
6. Ring The Bells
7. City Of Night
8. Dancing On The Berlin Wall
9. Power Zone
10. I Want To See The Light
11. Coboloid Race

*download it here*

Oppenheimer Analysis- New Mexico cassette

Posted in 1980s, 1982, 2000s, minimal, oppenheimer analysis, uk, wave on December 8, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

I’m pleased to offer up a classic cassette release by one of the most respected minimal wave acts, Oppenheimer Analysis. The band was formed by Andy Oppenheimer (painter, nuclear weapons specialist, vocalist) and Martin Lloyd (also active as Analysis) in the early 1980s, after the two met at the 1979 World Science Fiction Convention in Brighton, sharing a mutual love of Cold War propoganda and early electronic music. They began recording together in 1982, offering up but one official release, which has earned high cult status during the resurgence of minimal wave music in the new millenium. This has inevitably led to the re-pairing of Martin and Andy and the reactiviation of Oppenheimer Analysis.

Since their reactivation, the band has reissued several of their classic recordings, including a self-titled vinyl release on Minimal Wave records, but the duo has also recorded several new tracks, released as the Der Wissenschaftler EP in 2005. They are still active to this day, though each alternately persue several side projects in the interim.

I’ve uploaded their original 1982 cassette, entitled New Mexico, featuring 12 tracks of minimal wave greatness. The cassette was also reissued on CD-R in 2005, with a bonus track attached, which I’ve also included for good measure. Here’s the proper information on the release:

Oppenheimer Analysis- New Mexico Cassette
1. Don’t Be Seen With Me
2. Scorpions
3. Radiance
4. Men In White Coats
5. Modern Wonder
6. Subterranean Desire
7. Martyr
8. The Devil’s Dancers
9. New Mexico
10. Security Risk
11. Behind The Shades
12. Cold War
13. You Won’t Forget Me (Bonus Track)

*download link removed*

A vastly improved digital version of this cassette is now available via iTunes and Amazon. Highly recommended! Please support the original artist and purchase these mp3s!

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a live clip of the dynamic duo performing ‘Men In White Coats’ live in Belgium in 2006.

Due to such high demand, Minimal Wave has repressed the 2005 self-titled EP, so click below to nab a copy before these all disappear as well! Also, please direct your attention to the duo’s official site for more information, a more expansive discography, and all sorts of other useful tidbits:

buy Oppenheimer Analysis 12” on Minimal Wave dot com
Oppenheimer Analysis dot com

Foreign Press- Downpour 7” & Climbing 12”

Posted in 1970s, 1979, 1980s, 1982, emergency, foreign press, post-punk, uk on December 8, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Some classic post-punk on the slab this afternoon, half of this post which comes as a generous donation from Jeffo!, a good chum, stellar dj, and otherwise obscure expert here in the heart of New York City. He’ll be spinning a set at this week’s weekly Wierd Records night, if anyone’s in town.

That said, today’s band is Foreign Press, a UK based post-punk act originally formed in 1978 umder the name Emergency. Within a year, the band shifted their sound from a more standard punk aesthetic to incorporate more post-punk leanings, inspired by the likes of Joy Division, Magazine, and several of the Factory Records bands. The band would even bring Joy Division’s devoted manager, Rob Gretton, in for production on their first 7”, uploaded below.

Foreign Press would release four singles before their demise in the mid-1980s, exploring a more commercial, yet no less gloom-ridden direction over time. For your listening pleasure, I’ve uploaded their first two singles, both their 1979 debut 7” (Downpour), as well as their excellent 1982 follow up, Climbing. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Foreign Press- Downpour 7”
1. Downpour
2. Crossfire
3. Behind the Glass

Foreign Press- Climbing 12”
1. Climbing
2. Remember You
3. Open Secret

*download both here*

Naturally, these two records are long out of print, but there seems to be a copy of the Climbing 12” on Ebay right this very second. If you’re hip to it, happy bidding!

Otherwise, no new reuploads just yet- haven’t been able to devote enough time to the blog’s backlog. Hopefully this week I can get all the old posts back up and running, so please continue to be patient in the interim. Keep your eyes peeled, however, for several posts to follow this week…