FLEXIPOP / NEW WAVE COMPLEX comps and their ilk!!! Only pick...several?

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This is all I listen to now. Wading through is overwhelming - if you factor in all the different comps, there are dozens. Does anyone have a favorite?? I'm having a hard time distinguishing one act from another because of all the names that are new to me...which is most of them

Can't believe no ILM thread on this stuff yet!

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Friday, 31 August 2007 06:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Ooh, these look yummy. Trade with me!!

Most of the names are new to me too. But I know a few from Optimo's terrific Cold War mix.

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 31 August 2007 07:11 (thirteen years ago) link

I notice the non-Jandek Units are on board.

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 31 August 2007 07:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Totally obsessed - there's just so MUCH!! I may have to make a compilation of my favorite from the 10 or so collections I've downloaded this weekend.

Kevin I guess you and I are the only ones who are in on this? I find that hard to believe...

Good discography site here:

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 2 September 2007 02:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Ooh, thanks for reminding me about this stuff. I am about to go on a flexi-pop binge now.

saudade, Sunday, 2 September 2007 03:21 (thirteen years ago) link

The Flexipop magazine came with singles, or maybe whole tapes or albums, presenting the "new wave" of modern music (which often displayed allergic reactions when confronted with a guitar).So far there are at least ten "Tribute to Flexipop" comps and ten "Return of Flexipop" comps that I know of. Each one contains a regular CD length of tracks. Also see the "None Night of Flexipop", "New Wave Complex", "Shockwaves" and "Tribute to Some Bizarre"* comps

I have learned that these comps are not linked to the Flexipop magazine in any way besides the use of the name of the magazine. The intent is to play tribute to the spirit of the sounds highlighted by Flexipop in the early 80s. The bootleg comps appeared in file-share programs and are being traded and distributed presently.


curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2007 03:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Tribute to Flexipop 1
The Vyllies - Give Me A Name.
Ceramic Hello - Gestures.
Snowy Red - Never Alive.
Neon - Dark Age.
Njurmännen - Stadvisan.
Indians In Moskow - Singing In French.
Pink Industry - Time For a Chance.
Polyphonic Size - Mode.
Stephen Spera - Sound Of The Crowd.
Die Radierer - Angriff Auf´s Schlaraffenland.
ZSKA - Keinen Teddybär.
El Aviador - Dro - La Chica De Plexiglas.
Fjose - Nobody Is Like You.
The Wake - Patrol.
Doppler Effect - Tim
Silvia - Zuerst ich.
Nine Circles - What is there left.
Soft Cell - Metro MRX.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2007 03:39 (thirteen years ago) link

New Wave Complex #6 is my current fave

Hard making sense of the different comps. What I've gatehred is that they stopped the 'Tribute To Flexipop' titles and changed over, variously, to None Night Of Flexipop and Return of Flexipop, while still subtitling these "Tribute To Flexipop" and keeping the chronology intact (ie Return of Flexipop Volume 1 is actually Tribute To Flexipop Volume 11).

You can buy these CDRs pretty cheap overseas, which I think I'm going to do instead of spending hours and hours downloading and burning them. These comps have been making everything else on my 'pile of shit to listen to' seem like a waste of time.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 2 September 2007 03:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I hate to say it but I'm having a bit of deja vu about now. I could have sworn that the person who puts together either the New Wave Complex comps or the Flexipop comps posted to this board at some point.

Bimble, Sunday, 2 September 2007 05:15 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Is this really the only thread devoted to these series?

These were hugely inspirational discoveries late in my process of making the '1981' box set--just so impressively comprehensive, deep--got me over the hump to actually spending hours and hours making physical copies.

Definitely an impressive creation--Between the Return of/None Night of/Tribute to Flexi-pop mixes, and the Tribute to Some Bizarre mixes--what, 35+ mixes? That has to rival, if not best, the Pebbles stuff, right? And no one knows who put these together? Seems impossible it could be one individual person--you would've had to have endless funds and unprecedented access circa 1982 to know all this stuff, or have spent basically since that time seeking it all out. An amazing public service.

Soundslike, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:51 (eleven years ago) link

i have so many of these, hard to catalog it all in my brain

cutty, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:52 (eleven years ago) link

i put them all into one playlist and just shuffle it and get blown away

cutty, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

I love how they mix known stuff with reasonably findable stuff (like I did with '1981') but then. . . they just go to another level, stuff there's *still* no information about, after 15+ years of the internet. And an amazing amount of it is good.

Soundslike, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:56 (eleven years ago) link

just listening to these comps transports you to some weird world. and knowing that most of these artists had only 1 or 2 released tracks, never releasing a long player, it's such an interesting view into that era.

cutty, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:58 (eleven years ago) link

OK, so, not http://www.princess-dm.de/MagazineCover/198-_Flexipop.jpg then.

Mark G, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:02 (eleven years ago) link

Nope. These, amongst others: http://www.discogs.com/label/Flexi-Pop

Soundslike, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 16:29 (eleven years ago) link

I never really bothered to check these out because my impression was they're mostly in the minimal electronic vein, which isn't really my preferred strand of post-punk. Is that an accurate assumption on my part?

God, that picture of Dave Gahan in a coffin cracks me up. What WERE they thinking?

The Blood Is Black (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Wednesday, 25 February 2009 17:05 (eleven years ago) link

they were CDr bootlegs first, then soulseek virtual comps. I always thought the name was something of a tribute to the magazine. Maybe not.

It's pretty eclectic, sort of. Lots of minimal synth, but also synth-pop, new wave, poppier industrial, EBM type stuff. Lots of bad stuff but the killer stuff is great.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 17:37 (eleven years ago) link

Never seen these before, better get on it!

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 25 February 2009 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

xposts Dave Gahan, in a coffin, and it doesn't look goth in the slightest!

Mark G, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 23:57 (eleven years ago) link

There is Return of Flexi-Pop,None Night of Flexi-Pop,A Tribute to Flexi-Pop,New Wave Complex,Analog Cyberpunk,Atomic Shockwave,A Tribute to Some Bizarre,Shockwaves,The Anesthetic's Wearing Off & i think that's it.I think combined it's about 85 volumes of these comps.There is some crossover but not loads.I found every single one of them on the internet.It took awhile but they are there.

captain groovy, Thursday, 26 February 2009 04:45 (eleven years ago) link

there's no definitive collection. The Anesthetic's Wearing Off for instance was a friend of mine and way more recent then some of these things, and has nothing to do with any of them. Other than being somewhat likeminded.

dan selzer, Thursday, 26 February 2009 06:29 (eleven years ago) link

never heard of this. feel as though i've slept on life

They don’t understand. And I eat a lot of matzo brie. (contenderizer), Thursday, 26 February 2009 06:58 (eleven years ago) link

Got some of these off Slsk, listening to #2 at the mo. Really digging this stuff and apart from Rational Youth & Pink Industry I'd never heard any of these bands before. Thanks ILM!

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 17:41 (eleven years ago) link

i linked to a blog hosting the collection somewhere else on ILX. maybe one of the synth pop threads.

cutty, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 18:58 (eleven years ago) link

Cold Wave, Dark Wave

no one seemed to give a fuck

cutty, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:01 (eleven years ago) link

Missed that thread at the time, thanks for the heads up.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:36 (eleven years ago) link

^^^indeed. i give a fuck!

all-seeing eye of horus (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 11 March 2009 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

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