Saturday, December 20, 2014

Remembering the Future

This episode features songs dealing primarily with technology, simulation, and authenticity. It's co-hosted by Heather, a text-to-speech program.

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David Bowie - Saviour Machine (The Man Who Sold the World - 1970)
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Metal Postcard (Scream - 1978)
Joy Division - Isolation (Closer - 1980)
Kraftwerk - The Man Machine (The Man Machine - 1978)

Depeche Mode - Photographic (Speak & Spell - 1981)
Ultravox - Mr. X (Vienna - 1980)
John Foxx - A New Kind of Man (Metamatic - 1980)
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - We Have a Technical (Replicas - 1979)

Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark - The Future Will Be Silent (English Electric - 2013)
Pet Shop Boys - Minimal (Fundamental - 2006)
Visage - Lost in Static (Hearts & Knives - 2013)
Duran Duran - Blame the Machines (All You Need is Now - 2011)

Image by Hideaki Kodama, 1987.

1 comment:

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