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 s
ynthpop's annus mirabilis," Dorian Lynskey of the Guardian talks with the original ideas men.

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