Postpunk Chronicles: Scared to Dance

Postpunk Chronicles: Scared to Dance

     
 
Of the three initial entries in Rhino's Postpunk Chronicles, this volume might sound the most dated, but in its own way it's the most enjoyable. Scared to Dance skews toward faster-tempo landmarks of the early-'80s college underground, particularly the prototypes of synth-pop and dance music. You can hear bands trying to figure out where keyboards and

Overview

Of the three initial entries in Rhino's Postpunk Chronicles, this volume might sound the most dated, but in its own way it's the most enjoyable. Scared to Dance skews toward faster-tempo landmarks of the early-'80s college underground, particularly the prototypes of synth-pop and dance music. You can hear bands trying to figure out where keyboards and dance might fit in the punk aesthetic, especially in Heaven 17's wry "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" and Pigbag's jungle instrumental "Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag." These songs were largely created just before MIDI and sampling improved synthesizers' flexibility, and their joyful innocence is retroactively stunning. Other highlights include Magazine's amazing "The Light Pours Out of Me," Iggy Pop's jagged "New Values," and cuts from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ("Enola Gay") and Simple Minds ("Life in a Day") before they broke it big thanks to contributions to John Hughes movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/1999
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227533229
catalogNumber:
75332

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cult   Track Performer
Echo & the Bunnymen   Track Performer
Heaven 17   Track Performer
Japan   Track Performer
Killing Joke   Track Performer
Magazine   Track Performer
Iggy Pop   Track Performer
Simple Minds   Track Performer
Skids   Track Performer
Stranglers   Track Performer
Ultravox   Track Performer
Medium Medium   Track Performer
Pigbag   Track Performer
Pop Group   Track Performer
Tuxedomoon   Track Performer
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Youth   Composer
David Balfe   Producer
David Batchelor   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Jaz Coleman   Composer
Mike Howlett   Producer
Dave Hunt   Producer
Gareth Jones   Producer
Chris Kimsey   Producer
John Leckie   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Ted Myers   Editorial Coordinator
Steve Nye   Producer
Dick O'Dell   Producer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Adrian Sherwood   Producer
K. Walker   Composer
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Jim Neill   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul Ferguson   Composer
James Williamson   Producer
Bill Drummond   Producer
Elizabeth Pavone   Editorial Coordinator
Julie Vlasak   Art Direction
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
John Seabury   Illustrations
Graham Spink   Producer
Bruce Smith   Composer

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