Category Archives: synthpop

Howard Jones

Howard Jones

It’s easy to overlook Howard Jones when you’re talking new wave music because he came to define the popular synthpop sound of the early and mid-80s. His first two albums, Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action, were chart-toppers and produced many radio and MTV hits. I’ve always enjoyed his music so I’m excited he’s coming to The Keswick Theatre in October playing those two albums in their entirety. Now if only he’d tour playing songs from his 2005 all-electronic album Revolution of the Heart! I adored that album.

Here are some of my favorite HoJo tracks…


“What Is Love?”

“Things Can Only Get Better”

“Look Mama”


It Hurts

I know, I know… I have sadly neglected this blog. I assure you new wave still pumps through my blood. I’m still DJ’ing 80s new wave in Philadelphia and love every minute of it!  I do have a day job, though, and I’m very immersed in it.

In any event, I have to give mad props to Billy Suede who continues to keep me informed of new music as well as remind me of the classics that are near and dear to my heart. Recently, Billy introduced us to a new band out of the UK called Hurts. Let’s face it, the Brits sure do know how to make music. These guys have taken an obvious new romantic influence and crafted beautifully lush melodies that have managed to melt even my cold heart.

Check out the song “Wonderful Life”. The 80s are back, my friends.



Frankmusik may be new musik (:)), but Vincent Frank will remind you of the hey day of 80s synthpop – a simpler day when fun, bouncy music set to a catchy beat made you feel all good inside! Go on, listen…

Don’t you feel better?

I gotta give props to my main man Billy Suede for turning me on to Frankmusik! Go check out his blog – you won’t be disappointed!

If you’re interested in hearing me blather about new music and other random stuff, check out my Tumblr.

If you’re on Twitter – follow @DJMarilyn.

Cetu Javu

I guess in keeping with the European (German & Spanish!) synthpop theme, I suppose it’s only right Cetu Javu is featured. Check out these catchy tracks…


“Have in Mind” (bonus: set to Lord of the Rings)

“Por Que”

I couldn’t find “Situations” anywhere. That’s probably my favorite one by them. Especially the Razormaid mix. Gotta love Razormaid!


I recently discovered the blog New Wave Tunes. While browsing, I see “Computer Beat” by Rheingold. Oh man! I almost totally forgot about them. If you love Kraftwerk, but have never heard of Rheingold, do yourself a favor and check them out.  Oh, and shout out to Burning Flame for also recently featuring them. :>

I ❤ German synthpop!!! Thank heaven’s for YouTube!!!!!

“Computer Beat”


“Fan Fan Fanatisch” (my fave)


I haven’t been posting lately because I moved. I was quite busy preparing for the move and actually doing it! I’m totally living out of boxes right now, but that’s par for the course.

Anyways, I hope to get back to regularly featuring bands again…. so without further adieu…

How about some Trans-X? You don’t know who Trans-X are? Well if you love cheesy 80s synth music, jam to this…

“Living On Video” (a personal fave)

“3D Dance”

“Message On The Radio”

Soft Cell

I’m so honored to be a part of the new wave goodness that is Philly’s Non-Stop New Wave dance party Sex Dwarf. For the past 4 years, DJ Robert Drake and myself have proudly provided the sounds of the 80s for thousands of dance floor denizens. As we celebrate our 4 year anniversary, it only seems fitting I pay tribute to the band who inspired the name of our event: SOFT CELL.

“Sex Dwarf”



(how adorable is he in this video?!?!)


There are so many underrated bands from the 80s. In the synthpop world, a lot of attention was lavished upon Soft Cell, Gary Numan, OMD, New Order, The Human League, among others. Blancmange never seemed to get the respect they deserved. I was excited to read on their official MySpace, that they have reformed and are working on a new album! I’m very much looking forward to it.

“Living On The Ceiling”

“Blind Vision”

“Don’t Tell Me”

The Human League

A lot of good music came out of Sheffield, England in the ’70s and ’80s. Like yesterday’s featured act, Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League were based there.

I am a fan of everything Human League. From their early experimental synth offerings in the late 70s to the chart-topping days of their catchy synthpop sound in the early 80s to the most recently released “Secrets” album. In other words, it’s all good to me. They’ve been around for 30 years and through many personnel changes, they remain a name synonymous with the synthpop sound.

So many great songs to choose from! “The Black Hit of Space”, “Toyota City”, “Being Boiled”, “Don’t You Want Me”, “Hard Times”, “Human”, “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”, “Mirror Man”, “Heart Like A Wheel”… and these songs as well…

“Empire State Human”

“The Sound of the Crowd”

“Love Action (I Believe in Love)”

I have the Made in Sheffield video. It’s a must-have if you’re an early synthpop lover!

Our Daughter’s Wedding

If you’re a fan of early 80s synthpop, you should know Our Daughter’s Wedding. And if you don’t, you should be ashamed of yourself! ;P

Personal faves include “Lawnchairs” (of course), “Dance Floor”, “Target For Life”, “No One’s Watching”, among others. Thank new wave goodness for YouTube! 😉


“Auto Music”