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Encyclopedia > New Musik
New Musik
Origin London, United Kingdom
Years active 1977-1982
Genres Pop
Labels GTO Records
Epic Records
Edsel Records
Sony Records
Past members Clive Gates (1979-1982)
Tony Hibbert (1977-1981)
Tony Mansfield
Phil Towner (1977-1981)
Nick Straker (1977-1979)

New Musik were an English Synthpop group active from 1977 to 1982. The lead singer was Tony Mansfield. This group wasn't commercially successful, though their 1980 single release "Living By Numbers" charted high enough in the UK charts that the band landed on "Top Of The Pops" because of it. London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. ... It has been suggested that Modern synthpop be merged into this article or section. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // History Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Sony Records is a record label courtesy of Columbia; Epic; and American Recordings. ... Tony Mansfield is a British songwriter, musician and record producer, born 19 Jan 1955 in Clapham, London. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... It has been suggested that Modern synthpop be merged into this article or section. ... Tony Mansfield is a British songwriter, musician and record producer, born 19 Jan 1955 in Clapham, London. ... Top of the Pops was a long-running British music chart television programme and indeed the longest-running music show in the world shown each week on BBC and now licensed for national versions around the world. ...

Their debut album; 'From A To B' (1980) reached the UK top 30 and contained four chart singles; 'Straight Lines', 'Living By Numbers' (their sole top 20 hit), 'Sanctuary' and the quirky 'This World Of Water.'

They also appeared on Top of the Pops in October 1979, singing the track "Straight Lines".

Their second album, 'Anywhere' (1981) scaraped to number 69 in the charts and neither of it's singles; 'Luxury' and 'While You Wait' charted.

The song "Churches" (spring 1981) was relatively successful, though mildly controversial in some religious circles due to supposed 'satanic' lyrical references.

Their third and final album; 'Warp' (1982) was more experimental and failed to chart. Rather bizarrely, it featured a synth version of the Beatles 'All You Need Is Love', alongside an identically titled track of their own. Tracks such as 'Hunting', 'A Train On Twisted Tracks' and 'Kingdoms For Horses' showed much promise, but the group disbanded shortly after, and this album was only given a CD release in Japan.

The band specialised in catchy synth-pop with clever, often thought-provoking lyrical content. Tracks such as 'Dead Fish (Don't Swim Home)' and 'The Planet Doesn't Mind' highlighted environmental issues, still a minority interest in the early 80s.

Despite a relative lack of commercial success, their music has retained an enduring appeal and hasn't dated in the way much material from this era has done.

Tony Mansfield went on to acheive success in the field of production for the likes of The Damned's Captain Sensible, with the group Naked Eyes one of his most successful projects.


Image File history File links NM_From_A_To_B.jpg‎ This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or cover artwork in question. ... From A To B is the first album from New Musik released on April 18, 1980. ... Image File history File links NM_-_Anywhere. ... Anywhere is the second album from New Musik released on March 6, 1981. ... Image File history File links NM_Warp. ... Warp is the third and last album from New Musik released on March 5, 1982. ...


Year Album UK U.S.
1980 From A To B - -
1981 Anywhere - -
1982 Warp - -

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