Can you ID this band or singer?

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  1. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    Recorded from a Portland OR radio station, probably Q105, in the late 80s. This has a *lot* of people stumped on FB. One of the repeating phrases that's understandable is "I was only trying to make the world more personal".

    EDIT: If this belongs under Recordings, feel free to move it.

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  2. I've never heard it before, but it is a very good mashup of 80s British wave/rock. The voice seems so familiar, and yet not.
  3. electracoyote

    electracoyote Supporting Member

    If that ain't Modern English, I don't know... checking it out now, will report later.

    EDIT: Nope
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  4. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Singer sounds like Bernard Sumner. He was in a band called Electronica.
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  5. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    I keep thinking a mashup of Joy Division or New Order with The Smiths. But apparently that’s all wrong.
  6. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Right. Or maybe another band from Manchester.
    Guitar reminded me of early Cure.
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  7. Bret Music

    Bret Music

    Jun 29, 2020
    Ohio USA
    Sounds like Depeche mode or Modern english. Got me stumped.
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  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Sounds a lot like Modern English, to me, too.
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  9. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Reminds me of the Psychedelic Furs kind of.
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  10. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    Shazam turns up nothing.
  11. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Well I usually try to identify things using Shazam or, if that's not possible, I try putting bits of the lyric into Google to see if something turns up.

    If nothing turns up either the lyric is misheard or the song was never popular enough that someone wanted to reproduce it and put the lyrics online. That usually means small, local or regional band that didn't get much airplay. I hope someone can help you identify it.
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  12. VolverseLoco

    VolverseLoco Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2018
    Las Vegas
    I had an Eventide H3000 D/SX back in the 90's and it had a preset in it from the factory called 'Circles' and it made the clean guitar picked notes dance around with delay repeats in what can be described as a 'circular' motion/pattern, just like we hear on your 2nd sound example. I know it doesnt help with who it is though.
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  13. reminds me of the Wild Flowers but it's not them
  14. Not familiar with the song but very reminiscent of New Order - possibly some configuration after Joy Division / before New Order?
    Vocals sound a lot like Ian Curtis and the bass lines like the work of Peter Hook.
    Unsure if you know the album Substance (1987) but definitely worth a listen if you like this one
    ... Is there a prize?
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  15. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    There were probably lots of good look lesser known bands around this time. Maybe there's a forum devoted to synth-pop, new romantic, or whatever this style is called.
  16. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Flock of Seagulls is another band it reminded me of.
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  17. Black Sabbatical

    Black Sabbatical

    May 8, 2014
    The way its mixed sounds like maybe a local indie band. Very cool song, I would love to hear more from this band.
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  18. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    At first, I thought it was this...

  19. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    Sounds like an early 80s Indie band trying to copy the early 80s U2 formula
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  20. Bret Music

    Bret Music

    Jun 29, 2020
    Ohio USA
    Probably wrong again, but after listening to it again. Sounds like The Smith's.
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