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Singer-songwriter ROJOR releases, Pristine Waves on An Ancient Sea, a six-track EP that reimagines songs that he enjoys playing live and that meanders effortlessly between musical styles but without straying too far from ROJOR’s unique sound. Here, he explores another genre of music as he picks his top five favourite post-punk albums from the eighties. 

Punk blew the cobwebs off the UK Music Scene in the late 1970s and laid the ground for a creative explosion of bands eager to storm the charts with a ‘new wave’ of pop, attitude and great tunes. If these albums are new to you, dig back and check them out for bags of inspiration and uber cool. If they are familiar, then why not revisit.

Echo & the Bunnymen – ‘Heaven Up Here’ (1981)
The second album from Liverpool’s Bunnymen was a masterpiece. Dark, brooding and jam packed with beautiful shimmering guitars. The haunting vocal sound of Ian McCulloch cut through like a sharp knife and classic songs like ‘A Promise’, ‘Over the Wall’ and title track ‘Heaven Up Here’ strode like menacing giants across the album.

The Teardrop Explodes – ‘Kilimanjaro’ (1980)
Classic debut album from Julian Cope’s extraordinary band. This is a pure joy of an album – fresh, exciting, alive. Cope’s lyrical eccentricities fit perfectly with the cascade of sparkling guitars, pad laden keyboards and punchy brass. Massive hit ‘Reward’ was a later addition to the album but is seamlessly consumed amongst tracks like ‘Poppies in the Field’, ‘Treason’ and ‘Sleeping Gas’. Later deluxe versions of the album often include some fabulous ‘B-sides’ – a total delight.

Orange Juice – ‘You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever’ (1982)
One of the finest examples of guitar pop. The album is simply stunning. The charming lyrics and beautiful vocal delivery of Edwin Collins bring you a tender collection of songs including ‘Falling & Laughing’, ‘Upwards and Onwards’ and ‘In A Nutshell’.

Simple Minds – ‘New Gold Dream’ (1982)
End to end classic electro-pop tunes including the angelic ‘Promised You A Miracle’. Simple Minds had promised much with ‘Empires & Dance’ in 1980 but really delivered with the follow up album. This is one of those albums without ‘fillers’ and has a magical vibe. At the time this was a genuinely unique approach to the pop genre.

Duran Duran – ‘Duran Duran’ (1981)
Commercially a huge success in the early 80s but criminally under-rated as writers and musicians. Duran Duran released their debut at the height of the ‘New Romantic’ movement and captured the moment with this album. The music included the creative synth sounds of Nick Rhodes and pulsing bass of John Taylor as backdrop for Simon Le Bon’s vocals. Catch tracks including ‘Planet Earth’, ‘Girls on Film’ and ‘Careless Memories’. 

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