As long as there have been synthesizers, there have been composers creating pop synth music. Many of the earliest synth albums were ‘switched on’ or ‘mooged out’ versions of pop tracks, and tracks like Gershon Kingsley’s Popcorn and Kraftwerk’s Autobahn were the first synth music that many people ever heard.
But it took another decade for synth pop to take off as a genre, lead by artists like Gary Numan, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ultravox & Depeche Mode. And it’s never really gone away since. Continue reading →
“A Laibachised song is sometimes more kitsch, sometimes more serious and sometimes more emotional than the “old original” it is based on,” says author Alexei Monroe. “Laibachisation re- and de-animates a song, reviving it for long enough to dispatch it again.”