Work and real life have conspired against me, and I didn't make any of the posts yesterday that I hoped to make and which I referred to in my last post. *sigh*
Today, I think I'm going to punt and talk about something else that requires a little bit less thought and effort on my part as well. I discovered this interesting little image when it was posted on Apoptygma Berzerk's facebook feed. Synthpop is really my favorite kind of music. And it's a bit varied. There's more than one "style" of synthpop, as you'd expect from a genre that's been kicking around since the late 70s (usually at this point, one points out that the first song generally considered true synthpop is "Hiroshima Mon Amour" by Ultravox! on their 1977 album Ha!-Ha!-Ha! The first synthpop album is also generally credited to Ultravox (now sans exclamation point): 1978's Systems of Romance. However, it wasn't long before Tubeway Army, Sparks, The Human League and others were really introducing the synthpop sound, often having arrived at it independently from mixing Kraftwerk and other "krautrock" type sounds with a more poppish flavor.
I've never heard some of these labels before (and I expect they were made up for this chart, partially tongue in cheek. Noble synthpop? But, somehow, it fits.) And there's a few bands on this list that I'm not familiar with, but not too many. I'd quibble just a tad with some placement--why is Assemblage 23 not listed with Futurepop, for example? And why is Visage New wave and not New Romantic, when Visage almost single handedly created New Romanticism in the first place? But these are very minor quibbles.
Rather, I think the chart is missing an important component--where is the modern mainstream synthpop? Stuff like Lady Gaga, La Roux, Owl City, Hurts, The Presets, etc.? Darkwave is more of a hybrid genre (as is futurepop), so if they're in, why not electroclash?
Yeah, yeah--I get it. The entire thing isn't meant to be taken very seriously. But still, I think those are major misses.