CD Review: Ministry of Sound – ‘Anthems: Electronic 80s’

The authority on dance music that is the Ministry of Sound have deigned to release a collection of the best electro tracks from the decade that style forgot. three discs, […]

The authority on dance music that is the Ministry of Sound have deigned to release a collection of the best electro tracks from the decade that style forgot. three discs, 60 songs and a neon-inspired cover with electric pink cd’s make this box set a must have for fans of the synth-side of the 80s.

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The first names to catch the eye are big ones – Numan, Erasure, Joy Division, Spandau Ballet and Soft Cell all stand out but with this many tracks there are some welcome dark horses included. Landscape’s ‘Einstein A Go-Go’ is one of those songs you never knew you knew until you heard it and Sparks’ ‘Beat the Clock’ is a rarely played gem. There are also some spectacular one hit wonders, Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s ‘Love Missile F1-11’ and Devo’s ‘Whip It’ are two of the best, as well as some tangible ‘electro’ hits like Deborah Harry’s ‘French Kissin’ (her most successful solo hit after Blondie but not really an electronic anthem).

It is the combination of these popular hits, oddball singles and cult classics that make this monster collection well worth the cash – Bronski Beat’s ‘Smalltown Boy’ was enough for me personally – and, while it is not a ‘Darkside of the 80s’ compilation, no fan of the new romantic, suited and synthed decade should be without it. The fact that there’s no Depeche Mode means that it only gets four stars though.

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For more information visit the official MOS website.

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