Forgive Us Our Synths.

1981 "saw the release of OMD's Architecture & Morality, Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell, Soft Cell's Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Japan's Tin Drum, the Human League's Dare and Heaven 17's Penthouse and Pavement. Hailing from different parts of the country, the bands constituted less a scene than a shared sensibility: synthesisers before guitars, outlandish ideas before rock'n'roll cliches. The future of pop glittered with possibility." 

With next year marking "the 30th anniversary of synthpop's annus mirabilis," Dorian Lynskey of the Guardian talks with the original ideas men. 

Photo: Sheila Rock/Rex Features via guardian.co.uk