Oh this one was enjoyable if a little weird. Lyrics fit oddly well for the COVID era. Fave track: (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang. Should have been the theme song for Trump's presidency.
Favourite songs- Penthouse and Pavement, Play to Win, Song with no Name I'm not a big fan of synthpop but I feel there's a lot of better synthpop out there than this. Some songs feel almost annoying and immature on this album. Synthpop is also something that needs to be really well produced for me to enjoy it, and I think the production here was not amazing. Also, you look at a synthpop band like Kraftwerk, which were so ahead of the curve that you have to respect their inventiveness, but this is a record from a time where tonnes of bands were making stuff like this, so it doesn't even seem terribly original to me. Not a bad album, certainly not my style, but I would argue that this is not an essential album. On the first track, [We Don't Need This] Fascist Groove Thang, the verse has some cool melodic ideas, but then it descends into this really repetitive chorus, that infiltrates your ear in an unpleasant way. Also the percussion is some of the most annoying stuff I've ever listened to. Next comes the title track. It starts off with a cool riff played on a synth, but it almost sounds like a horn. The percussion here sounds a bit better. There's obviously another vocalist on this track too. The melodies are cool here too, catchy, but in a fun way. I'm not a huge funk fan either, but this was an enjoyable track, though it did not need to be almost seven minutes long, as there are a lot of parts where I feel a bit of a lull. Still a great song though. Play to Win is okay, not an amazing song, but it's got some nice moments. It was one of the shorter tracks on the record, which I appreciated, as a lot of songs were really stretched out. This was the perfect length. Again, some really repetitive motifs that got kind of annoying, but this was okay. Next on the record is Soul Warfare. I'm not really a fan of this song at all. The piano sounds really pitchy and kind of like a toddler's just playing at random points. Then the hook (which is a pretty appalling hook. Seriously, write a better chorus) sounds really pitchy again, and it bothers me a lot. Another overlong song. Geisha Boys and Temple Girls is fine, until you get to the chorus. It's so nursery rhyme-ish that it puts me off the whole song, which is a shame because I was enjoying the verse. The laser sound effects do really annoy me as well. Let's All Make a Bomb might be the most annoying song on the record. From the farting synths to the weird melody, this song just sucks. The Height of the Fighting just repeats, over and over and over and over... then the verse is really strange. I'm sure it was a big political statement at the time and stuff, but the song just isn't enjoyable to me. Song With No Name is kind of dark in an interesting way. I can see why someone would enjoy this, and it's not bad at all. Got some weird moments, but definitely a highlight of the record. The last song, We're Going To Live For A Very Long Time, is another very childish song. Super repetitive and annoying. Not a fan at all. So yeah, I wasn't a huge fan of this record, but I do see how some people would really like it if they were into this style of music. It's just not to my taste.
Synthpop. Dammit. The worst thing to come out of the 80s. It's blippy-bloopy, arpegiated, slam-drum crap with Devo-esque non-singing vocals. Also, there are random saxophone solos inserted for some reason. I hate everything about this genre. In the interest of fairness, there ARE some pretty groovy guitar and bass tracks on this album that are not typical of the genre. They're just buried underneath so many layers of blippy-bloop that they lose their grooviness. Even throwing it that bone, this album is awful and gets one star.
Its got groove. But somehow it feels very small, the sounds feel very small, and the vocals seem very of. This is pretty bad. 2/5 The further I progress, the further this uninterests me. Nothing happens. 1/5 It's like a parody. "Decline Of The West" is pretty good, but it's not on the original album, so I wont consider it in this context. But I will include it on my playlist instead of any of the other songs lol.
the lyrics are amazing. very interesting album to listen to. definitely gives a unique perspective to the time period. track 10 has serious thundercat vibes. i feel like i have been looking for this album since 2016.
Maybe a little generous but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Fascist Groove Thang is great and although it lost me around tracks 3-4, the likes of Let's All Make A Bomb and The Height of the Fighting hooked me back in. It's very 80s in some ways but also still manages to sound futuristic to me.
This kind of early new wave/synthpop can be hit or miss due to it being so raw compared to what most people are familiar with, but I really enjoyed this album!
It's OK as pure background music, but can't see it as anything else. The lyrics seem somewhat interesting, but I mostly didn't pay much attention.
Heaven 17 experiment with 80's synth pop in an effort that almost feels like a summation of the musical movement. Unfortunately, they fail to capture any of the pop magic of other contemporaries when it comes to catchy ear worms.
Not really an electronic person. Not surprised I didn't really enjoy it.
Penthouse and the Pavement has some sick bass playing throughout, but the title track has a standout bassline. The sound has perhaps not aged as gracefully and I find the songwriting a bit hit or miss.
Quite odd.. Spotify wouldn’t let me listen to half the album. Otherwise very short
Shallow and Pedantic. Bass player is fantastic. But everything else is pretty elementary. Seriously, I'm struggling to not turn this off. It's like that guy in school who thinks he's a good song writer and keeps trying to share his demo but it's god fucking awful. And he gets a record deal, which is stunning until you find out his dad owns the label.
Some albums age well, while others remain rooted in the time that they were made. Heaven 17 may well have been significant pioneers of synth-pop, leading the New Wave revolution in the early 80s, but this album is a difficult listen now. Over-pleased with the new technology that enables unnecessarily complex musical patterns, the attempt to be edgy with sixth-form political potshots is simply lost in the mix. How this ends up in any list of great albums is a mystery to me.
I have never heard of this band or album but it's great. 1981 is an interesting year in music and film and this album isn't an exception.
Very lovely stuff. Funky vibes mixed with electronic. Overall i liked all trakcs but the ones that stood out: Bassy play in "Groove Thang" was epic good. Fully instrumental goodness "Declines Of The West"
10/10 LOVED IT. So very classy and every song sounded too interesting. Favorite was probably let’s all make a bomb
Nice synth pop release
I had first heard of Heaven 17 through LCD Soundsystem's cover of "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang", but I had only heard their original and nothing else. I might be just be an easy mark for the exact combo of early 80s new wave/synthpop, but this was a fun surprise of an album for me. Probably just as easily cheesy and dated of its time if you're not a fan of the exact reference points. "Fascist Groove Thang" was what had attracted my initial attention, but the title track is also a banger
BARNSTORMIN. WE DONT NEED THAT FACIST GROOVE THANG! solid electropop sound. lots of intense slap bass. Song With No Name is definitely weird. it gets weirder and weirder the longer it goes.
It was a ripping day for GME, so listening to this 80s-casino-cocaine on trays by babes in roller skates-style music was hitting just RIGHT. Got a little weird towards the end but I wasn't paying attention. I would revisit though!
An innovative album which improves with every listening.
80s is very 80s
Het eerste nummer voorspelde voor mij niet veel goeds, maar erna werd de muziek iets toegankelijker, en vond ik het nog best goeie nummers
Better than I expected. Funky bass lines/british 80s electronic music
Extended version has some good songs would probably rate it possibly higher if they were on the original 9 track album. 2 former human league members and very of its time but would listen to it again so a good 4. The music and the lyrics are both fun with something to say.
Неплохо, но местами прям не нравится
Very fun, super dancey.
An odd/fun album in the best possible way.
You may know Human League for their synthpop masterpiece Dare. Well, just a couple years earlier their music was more avant-garde, like if postpunk went complete synths and pop. Moving in a more commercial direction, founding members Ware and Marsh broke off to form Heaven 17 to continue their more abstract sound, giving us this excellent entry. Lyrics are incredibly left-wing, reminds me of Gang of Four, to the point where they outright call Reagan and Thatcher starting fascist regimes in the first track. "Let's All Make a Bomb" is a celebratory mood to bring about the end of the world. Although not revolutionary, it's a fresh relief to hear unique subject matter in such an upbeat manner. The first half is all high-energy dance tracks, littered with repetitive catchy choruses and addictive beats. Clearly inspired by American disco, this is most evident in "Soul Warfare" with the signature guitar chords. Second half shifts to "electric" dark wave, still maintaining that groove off the first half, but much mellower and atmospheric. I love it all, this is exactly my preferred genre of pop music, danceable with highly varied synth tracks not afraid to get weird.
banger - so much excellent groovy bass happening. quite odd as a concept, but enjoyed the listen
02/26/2022 Fun synthpop from a band I’ve never heard of. Only half the album is available on Spotify, which was a bummer. But of those that I was able to listen to, they were tons of fun!
Excellent bass. Very 80s
Better than I remembered from when I owned this a long time past. Odd to think this was radio-friendly pop music 40 years ago!
Wow. How. Interesting. 80s synth pop with very weird yet deeply topical lyrics. And some deftly executed experimental moments that make this record worthwhile musicaly speaking, too. Someone in this group pointed out with a snarl how the first track could have been used for Trump's campaign (I had not realized this song was the one covered by LCD Soundsystem, too). What more can i say? And what a great, sardonic artwork, to boot. I thought only Devo could pull off weird stuff like this. I was wrong. Thanks Dimery and co. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter
"(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" is very catchy with the super speedy back beat and has a super cool bass jam in the middle -First couple tracks were pretty strong, back half wasn't as good. Whole thing gave me Talking Heads and David Bowie vibes
Provocation: this has aged much better than Dare. Just saying.
I liked this album more than I thought I would like for a pop 80's band. could see myself putting this on as peppy cleaning the house music
Faktisk ret fedt. Meget elektronisk og produktionen er heller ikke helt i top
1981 art pop? experimental pop? new wave? odd and i enjoy it.
liked some, didn't like others. Some good grove and swing electro
It was not bad
classic 80's new wave sound. The lyrics of the song are definitely polarizing and fun.
It’s strange but I didn’t dislike it.
This should be on the radio in GTA Vice City. I have a soft spot for this kind of music. I like that there's a consistent theme throughout the album. Lots of lyrics about the daily grind, rat race, etc. I was going to say it sounds like The Human League and it ends up there's some overlap there. This is the first band on this project that I haven't heard of.
The most 80s 80s album I've heard so far. So much funky synth.
We don't need this Fascist Groove Thang?????
Best album cover yet.
The album art got me pumped straight away, all this stonk talk recently. I enjoyed getting some '80s electronic. There is a lot to take in on this album too. I'd like to come back to understand their message a bit better.
strange pre punk pop
meh - so 80s. I like devo much better than this...nothing special to me here...
This band has the energy and charisma of Kraftwerk but the 80s stylings of the human league. It's not fun enough. Fascist groove thing is the best I've heard on here. What they need is a better director... producer... something. It sounds like it isn't quite done. The bass is really good and the lyrics and sound can work. It just needs a bigger 80s sound like the synth in animotion's "obsession." It fits right along with 80s new wave fun, but will never be the first band anyone remembers.
I like this album.
Talking heads + Kraftwerk = meh. At least some tracks have funky baselines.
This was alright despite my only being able to hear it with one ear. Hope to find out what stereo sounds like soon. But the title track was super fun, and the lyrics of the first song were good. History does indeed repeat itself and these yuppies - I think they are plotting something. Donald must be keeping an eye on them? The cover art is iconic. That being said, most of the songs were a bit bland and unmemorable albeit harmless, well, to my right ear at least.
A pretty good listen not what I expected. I was expecting an ABC / Spandau Ballet sound...syrupy pop but I got some interesting, sometimes edgy music more along the lines of OMD. Not bad at all. 3.5 stars
Some absolute bangers here and 80’s synth pop is my guilty pleasure. In some of the tracks the bassist either has titanium fingers or has been left with two arms like Aron Ralston after recording this record. This album started off brilliantly but dropped off in the second half. You can see where the B side kicks in on what would have been the vinyl release. I was genuinely excited to give this a 4 but it didn’t hold out to completion and I kind of got bored.
Classic new wave from a classic new wave band. A very distinctive sound.
Another unexpected gem. If you told me this was from the mid 00’s I would have said “obviously, when else could this have happened?”
3 stars. Not bad but I’m not all about the 80s synth sound
early 80s industrial rock mixed with funky bass, political and on point 3.5
I can appreciate the group leaning fully into these off-the-wall synth textures and arrangements even if things tend to get a bit repetitive here and there.
I would call it synth-pop, but I don’t even sure how to categorize their sound properly.I guess they were something special for maybe one year. No offence, just not one of 1001 albums that are a must hear (5/10) FT: Fascist Groove Thang
Well, this is an awkward album to review since like half of it isn't available on Spotify. I could switch over to youtube, but I'm not particularly motivated. The first track is some decent dance punk, kind of feels like something LCD Soundsystem would do three decades later... but after that it feels pretty dated. There's one track from the second half that is on Spotify that feels somehow dated and ahead of its time simultaneously.
interesting album going from synth rb to just synth pop with some unusual political lyrics that are very obvious but not annoying
Pop electrónico con sintetizadores. Un poco largo el disco, se me ha hecho un tanto de bola, pero bueno, ni fu ni fa.
Not bad. Spotify was missing a lot of the songs.
I dig this. Heaven 17 is a band I never recognize the name for somehow but of course know their hits. I'll tell ya, that album art is somethin' else and I wasn't sure what to expect just from that.
Cet album fort peu interessant ne présente non plus aucune caractéristique le rendant reconnaissable, je n'ai par conséquent aucun angle de review. Je suis en revanche l'heureux propriétaire d'un billet pour le concert de My Chemical Romance a Munich, le 6 juin 2022, auquel il semblerait que je doive me rendre seul n'ayant aucun ami appréciant la bonne musique. Par conséquent, si l'un d'entre vous souhaite me rejoindre à ce concert, merci de me le faire savoir sous la review de l'album Exit Planet Dust de The Chemical Brothers.
Ces mecs-là font absolument n'importe quoi faites très attention à eux, ils ne plaisantent pas.
Pretty average new wave synth pop.
This list seems to contain albums that were quite influential at the time of their release as one of the criterion for their selection. Some of these albums are really exciting to todays ears although they do contain some redeeming qualities. Penthouse and Pavement seems like one of those choices. Reading the Wikipedia article about the album, I can surmise that it was an important release at the time and had I bought it back in '81 I might have thought of it as quite groundbreaking. Today though it does sound dated. Its interesting how some albums can come across that way and some that are decades older can still sound fresh and relevant. I did enjoyed the tongue and cheek lyrics of Fascist Groove Thing. The bass playing throughout was quite good but the album itself sound quite average. 3 stars it is!
Why? Must I listen to this before I die? It is not terrible. But is it good? The album cover art is cool and shows some satire and wit - which the lyrics back up to some extent. I probably don't understand the development of synth or dance to appreciate where this album fits in its evolution. Maybe if I did, the rating would be higher. As it stands, it's just a funky sounding album that is neither overly annoying nor overly redeeming.
The bassist / guitarist John Wilson is aMAZing. I will give them that... I like bits here and there, but this whole album reminds me a lot of that Friends episode where Ross pulls out his synthesizer and plays his music for everyone. It's just... very noodle-y.
This was fine. 1980s British political synth-rock.
boop and beep
Does what its supposed to do it you want something to drown out the silence but can't say that it's anything more than that
3.5/5. Twas a neat a funky synth my, nu wave. Lots of good bass. Very 80s
A few good songs, but mostly filler
Didn’t give it a proper chance.
Pretty fun synthpop, I liked it.
Pop electrónico con sintetizadores. Un poco largo el disco, se me ha hecho un tanto de bola, pero bueno, ni fu ni fa.
Very quirky. Had no idea what to expect, and certainly wasn't expecting this sort of retro-futurist electronic pop stuff. Instrumentals are all over the place, sometimes enough to make me laugh. Lyrical performances were interesting too. I liked this, even though it ran a bit long. Favorite tracks: Penthouse and Pavement, Geisha Boys and Temple Girls, The Height of the Fighting, Decline of the West. Album art: Love, love, love this. Like something ripped from an '80s HR instructional textbook. Big fan of the style and layout. 3.5/5
What a fun album. Very very quirky. I feel like I have heard those voices before from some other 80's pop band. Some catchy songs but also none of them made any sense which I think added to the mystique.
I liked it. The synth is obviously very dated, but the melodies are interesting. The lyrics are very politics and reflect the time during Reagan’s ascension during the Cold War and as such are pessimistic. I certainly see why this album is worth listening to, but it is so rooted in its own time that it’s hard to see its universality.
Either a high 3 or a low 4 - can’t decide
A nice combination of sounds: Detached ironic vocals, busy drum machine patterns, various synth textures and lively bass work being a definite highlight
started off promising but then slowed. like a mix of divo and Huey lewis
There's something to this but a fair portion hasn't aged well.
This one was... fine. Some interesting hooks, but songs mostly went on too long or were just fine. Probably won't listen again, but I didn't actively dislike it.
This was like Depeche mode, but just not as good. And I'm already but a massive depeche mode fan, bar a few songs. Prefer not to listen again, but not terrible.
Middle of the road new wave. 2.5/5
It's a bit difficult to review this as I was there in 1981 and bought and loved this album. So there's a lot of nostalgia and since I still love Synth this isn't going to be objective. When you've played songs many times it's difficult. It's not the best out there and the sounds never progress from the basic repetitive beat. Heaven 17 moved towards a Funky sound (beats and vocals) but the lyrics and sound are still 6th Form (is that 12th grade nowadays?). After splitting from Human League they were trying to create an image and production along the lines of Factory Records but it never really took off as essentially there are glimpses of brilliance in there but rarely does anything emerge. To be honest I think their next album The Luxury Gap is better than this but hasn't made the 1001. Some of their choices are odd.
This album feels quite dated and a bit uninteresting, especially after hearing their B.E.F. sides of 6 months before this.
Fun synth pop album. Very 80s but that is a great thing. I took of a star as along with all the amazing there a few duffers.
Never heard of this band before, it's not bad but I will forget about its existence soon.
It's time to listen to some Heaven 17, and their 1981 album Penthouse And Pavement. It's a bit rough going to be honest. I'm all for Electro-Pop and Synth and I've enjoyed a lot of similar types of music over the years. The Trainspotting soundtrack is to this day top five soundtracks of all time for me. It features Heaven 17's most famous song I think - called 'Temptation' and its very enjoyable. I listened to it again this morning and verified the enjoyment. This album is hard to digest, and it might need another hook or two - just to keep me invested. It feels more like just beats and repeated lyrics over and over and lots of other odd noises mixed in. I'm a big fan of Kraftwerk and it's mentioned that this album feels like where Kraftwerk left off with The Man Machine. Maybe I need to give that album another listen because I'm not enjoying this as much as I did that album. I'm halfway through this album, so we'll see how the side B feels. Adding the synthesizer to pop music was an important step forward - but this band is a hard listen in 2021. I'm Your Money is hitting the spot towards the end of the album, just because the end sounds very much like Kraftwerk.
Very funky 80's style jams. Also very strange. About half of the songs are unavailable on Spotify, but I felt like I got the gist of it. Highlights: -Penthouse and Pavement
oof, this album was kind of a hard listen to, I am not a fan of synth-pop, and this album didn't change things. after reading about the band, i can see why, I was never into The Human League either, but there were some good songs on the album "Let's all make a bomb" was the best track for sure.
First two songs are great but the rest is pretty mediocre. 5/10
Znowu po brytyjsko, ponownie lata 80, ale tym razem w klimacie synth popowym, dosc dlugie sluchanie, bo wersja spotifajowa zawiera wszelakie single wydawane na roznych nosnikach. wiec z orginalnego 38 minutowego materialu zrobilo sie z bonusami godzina 22 minuty, wiec mocarna dawka densingowych rytmow, bo wlasnie tak grany jest ten synth pop, disko nowej fali lat 80 wyspiarzow, jesli juz smithy uzywaly wstawek synthowych tworzac swoje popowania, to tak tutaj calosc jest oparta na syntezatorach, ale ciekawe motywy liryczne sie przewijaja na plycie, bo jest dosc duzo ironizowania, wiec taki punkowy pop, poprawnosc polityczna nie jest synonimem tego materialu, bo jeden z kawalkow byl nawet zbanowany w mainstreamowych mediach ze wzgledu na swoje anty thatcherowo murikanskie przeslanie, a tytul tego traka to (we dont need this) fascist groove thang, ktory leci na plejke razem z soul warfare
Fuckin 80s man
It was ok.
I am sure it was cutting edge in 1981 but it sounds very dated in 2021. It is a tremendous effort considering the group's youth and limited production available. However, it is not my cup of tea.
Laat me redelijk koud.
Funk pop electrónico, con sintes ochenteros. Hiperproducido, entre la New Wave y los Nuevos Románticos.
out at the slap bass
80 is wank
A band and album completely foreign to me. The only thing I recognized was the opening song, "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang", covered by LCD Soundsystem on a live album. Pretty good. Obviously, the whole album is a satire of sorts intended to dunk on yuppie corporate life. But I'll be frank, this is pretty shallow, musically. Some of it is catchy, sure, but I'm sitting here listening to some fart-y synths and can't help but feel like this album needs some "punching up", so to speak. Bass groves are, more often than not, holding this shit together. I love the idea of this album, but the songs just don't deliver.
Some great bass. An album I can enjoy but will probably never listen to again.
There's quite a few things I enjoyed about this album, but it faded quite badly after a strong start. They really have perfected the art of matching the melody and lead synth lines and singing them over and over and over
I cant believe I made my ears listen to this shit. He-La_Whooo
nä, det här höll inte tyckte jag, inte min påse puka.
C’est weird, un peu electro, synth j’ai pas deteste . Mais c’est pas fou 2.95
i kinda find this very mid, i don't hate it and i thought it'd be something i would like but unfortunately i find the production to be very poor and the actual music to be both cold and in a position where it does absolutely nothing for me
The Human League was enough of a waste of time to include another synth-pop side project of theirs.
Part new wave and parts power pop this really didn’t hit me in any particular way I cared for enough to sink more time into the band.
No están mal, pero un poco cansinos. Cantan a destiempo. Electronic punk ?¿
I don’t know if I’m edgy enough to be in this party :(
Not for me this!
I love the 80s music wise but this was just painful
No fascist groove thing is catchy and fun, leaning into the title. But even with that and after it just really isn't my thing.
List fail. Rhythm section was OK.
Eh, wasn't really my cup of tea.
Its experimental which is good. But also Meh, which isnt
I was given Duran Duran's Rio a few albums ago and I thoroughly enjoyed that trip back to the 80's. So when I saw this come up I was happy to dive back in. Also, for context, I gave Kraftwerk Autobahn 5 stars. So this album sounds just like something I would enjoy, but oof. I certainly see what they are trying to do but it's too simplistic and aimless to get there. Even the short songs feel too long. The bassist really goes for it which merits a star. Otherwise, it's a listless mess that I actually didn't need to hear before I die.
This was disgustingly 80's. Yuck!
No famaliar songs. Not realy a nice album to me.
My god, horrible
It feels like the foundation of a lot of music I like, but I would never return to this album.
i didn't enjoy this one
Hate is strong word. I fucking hated this. No melodies. Shit electronica just for the sake of it. If i never heard this again it would be too soon. 1/5 P.S- Fuck the super league.
Kraftwerk did it better.
Cocaine is BAD
Awful 80's synth's
Detestable. It's been a while... since the Incredible String Band that's i've actively disliked track after track. It is amazingly dated... and shouldn't have been allowed to escape the 80's. The electronic/synth sounds/beats are unpleasant. Nothing redeeming here.
1/10 being generous, awful
Stressiges Album. Interessant aber nichts für mich.
Nee. Dit is hem niet. Nee.
Niet door heen te komen. Terror
Hated this. Not much more to say, definitely not for me.
when am i gonna have a modern album. this is bad.
Not the most puzzling pick in this list, but surely one of the worst?
Didn’t like this one
Bruuuuh detta suger fr... så störande och sångaren borde aldrig sjunga igen!
Dross. Boring, beige synthesiser stuff which has been done so much better by a lot of other people. Opening track is the best of the bunch, which isn't saying much. 1/5.
Deary me. I am bored
What in the actual FUCK is this album? It is just so damn bad. Early 80s New Wave and Synth-Pop is always very hit or miss. And this is one of the worst misses I have had the displeasure of listening to. The first few songs are mediocre at best. "Geisha Boys And Temple Girls" is problematic. It is creepy and racist and I'm sad I left Spotify to be able to listen to it. "Let's All Make A Bomb" while a strange song to follow that up with is probably the best song on the album. I do not understand how this album made it to the list. It wasn't even that influential to the genre. It's just terrible!
I mostly hated this entire thing.