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Back to the Phuture: Blancmange and Mirrors

Electronic music enthusiast Mark Jones explores synthesised music, talking to 1980s keyboard duo Blancmange. Plus there's a guest mix from new Brighton-based electro band Mirrors.

Record company boss and electronic music enthusiast Mark Jones continues his series exploring synthesised music past and present. On the latest show, Mark talks to 80s keyboard duo Blancmange. Described by Mute Records' Daniel Miller as the "maiden aunts of electronic music," Blancmange shot to fame in the early 1980s with a string of top 10 hits including 'Living On the Ceiling', 'Blind Vision' and 'Don't Tell Me'. Having been cited as influences by bands including La Roux and Faithless - who recently collaborated with vocalist Neil Arthur on their album 'The Dance' - the band release a new album in March after a 25 year break. The duo join Mark to talk about the music which inspired them to pick up electronic instruments, why they've decided to reunite after a quarter of a century apart and what they've been up to in the intervening years. In the last half hour of the show, there's a guest mix from new Brighton-based electro band Mirrors. Having toured Europe with OMD at the tail end of last year, the band play a mix of the 'synthfluences' which have informed their debut album 'Lights And Offerings', due out in February. Mark also plays an exclusive track from upcoming new Human League album 'Credo', due out on his label in March.

2 hours

Last on

Sun 16 Jan 2011 20:00

Music Played

  • Japan

    Quiet Life

  • MNDR

    Fade To Black

  • Blancmange

    Living On The Ceiling

  • Omd


  • Propaganda

    Dr Mabuse

  • The Human League

    Never Let Me Go

  • Mirrors

    Into The Heart

  • Blancmange

    Don't Tell Me

  • King Crimson

    The Devil's Triangle

  • Terry Riley

    A Rainbow In Curved Air

  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

    Moonlight On Vermont

  • Brian Eno

    Baby's On Fire

  • Ron Grainer

    Doctor Who

    Music Arranger: Delia Derbyshire. Performer: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
  • Pere Ubu

    Non-Alignment Pact

  • Young Marble Giants

    Brand New Life

  • Roxy Music

    Street Life

  • The Human League

    Being Boiled

  • Kraftwerk

    The Robots

  • Blancmange

    The Western


    • Gas

      Gas I

    • Kraftwerk


    • Fad Gadget

      Sleep (Electro Induced Original)

    • Drexciya

      Temple Of Dos De Agua

    • Brian Eno & David Byrne - Help Me Somebody

    • Susumu Yokota

      Future Tiger

    • Michael Bundt

      La Chasse Aux Microbes

    • Tangerine Dream

      No Man's Land

    • LFO


    • Carl Craig

      At Les

    • Bruce Haack

      Mean Ol Devil

    • David Bowie

      Art Decade

    • Carl Craig

      Mind Of A Machine

    • Aphex Twin

      We Are The Music Makers

    • Basic Channel

      Phylyps Track

    • LFO


    • Pierre Henry

      Waves (Vagues)

  • Knife

    Silent Shout

  • The Associates

    White Car In Germany

  • Hans-Joachim Roedelius

    Homage A Forst

  • New Order


  • Kraftwerk

    Europe Endless

  • The Human League


  • Thomas Brinkmann

    Walk With Me

  • Harmonia


  • Oneohtrix Point Never

    Zones Without People

  • Oneohtrix Point Never

    Russian Mind

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Enola Gay

  • Severed Heads

    Dead Eyes Opened

  • Chris Carter


  • The Advisory Circle

    Nuclear Substation Pif

  • Kraftwerk

    Endless Endless

  • Eine Kleine Nacht Musik


  • LFO


  • Kraftwerk


  • Moritz von Oswald Trio

    Pattern 4


  • Sun 16 Jan 2011 20:00