Sunday, 16 November 2008

It takes a muscle to fall in love - Spectral Display

In the early 1980's, synthpop was the flavour of the day. Bands that were starting out didn't need drums, bass and guitars anymore: all they needed was a good synthesizer to make it in the charts. Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Soft Cell were the hottest bands around and their example was followed everywhere.

In the Netherlands, Michel Mulders was the synth wizard behind Spectral Display. The single 'It takes a muscle to fall in love' was a striking piece of pop music, which should have been a massive hit. Amazingly, it never reached the Dutch Top 40. These days, a band would be dropped almost immediately by their record label, but Spectral Display released a handful of singles and two albums before calling it a day. Did I mention that none of these records made the charts?

My collection: 7" single no. 151
Found: Studio Echo, Den Haag, 1982
Cost: 5,5 guilders
Tracks: 'It takes a muscle to fall in love' / 'Tango'

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