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Modern English

The summery hooks and warm lyrics of "I Melt with You" gave listeners the impression that Modern English were an upbeat pop act, but the single, first released in 1982, was actually an anomaly in the band's early discography. Formed in Colchester, England in 1979, Modern English were originally a punk group called the Lepers. Featuring Robbie Grey (vocals, guitar), Gary McDowell (guitar), and Richard Brown (drums), the Lepers performed mainly at parties. After Mick Conroy (bass) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) joined, they changed their name to Modern English, self-released their 1979 debut single, and were subsequently signed to 4AD. Inspired by the stylish gloom of Joy Division and Bauhaus, Modern English released the 1980 singles "Swans on Glass" and "Gathering Dust" and followed them in 1981 with debut LP Mesh & Lace. Boiling with raw anger, dissonant rhythms, and weird noises, the album confused some critics while mesmerizing others. It reached number five on the U.K. indie chart.

A year later, the band streamlined their sound. Though After the Snow featured the driving and slashing post-punk classic "Life in the Gladhouse," the album was comparatively softer and brighter, exemplified by the open-hearted "I Melt with You." In early April the following year, that single entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. -- where it was released on Sire -- and peaked a couple weeks later at number 78. Near that month's end, the romantic teen comedy Valley Girl was released in the States with the song featured prominently, and its video was placed in rotation on MTV. An enduring minor hit of the new wave era, "I Melt with You" gradually nudged After the Snow into U.S. sales in excess of 500,000 copies, acknowledged in 1989 with a gold certification from the RIAA.

Modern English's commercial momentum stalled with 1984's Ricochet Days, their last recording for 4AD in the U.K., and 1986's Stop Start, their last work for Sire in the U.S. The band split following the release of the latter, but Grey and Conroy resurfaced in 1990, on the TVT label, with Pillow Lips. That July, a re-recorded version of "Melt with You" managed to slightly eclipse the original by peaking at number 76 on the Hot 100. Label conflict prompted another period of inactivity, and ended with the Grey-driven Everything's Mad, released in 1996 on Imago. Grey continued to lead Modern English and, in 2009, was reunited with the majority of his fellow original bandmates. Soundtrack, which Grey had recorded earlier in the decade with longtime Modern English producer Hugh Jones, was issued on Darla the following year. Revitalized, Modern English toured extensively, then recorded Take Me to the Trees, produced and mixed by mate and fellow 4AD alum Martyn Young (Colourbox, M/A/R/R/S). The album was released in early 2017. ~ Michael Sutton & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Blister

1. Blister

2. After The Snow

3. Deep Sea Diver

4. Hands Across The Sea

5. It's Okay

6. Here Comes The Failure

7. 24 Part Personality

8. I Melt With You

9. Up In The Brain

10. Life In The Gladhouse

11. Ricochet

12. Soundtrack

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Track List: Life In The Gladhouse Best Of...1980-1984

1. 16 Days

2. Gathering Dust

3. I Melt With You (7" Mix)

4. Mesh And Lace

5. Black Houses

6. After The Snow

7. Rainbow's End

8. Smiles And Laughter

9. Ricochet Days

10. Dawn Chorus

11. Carry Me Down

12. Machines

13. Heart

14. Swans On Glass

15. Blue Waves

16. Life In The Gladhouse

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Track List: The Best Of Modern English: Life In The Gladhouse (1980-1984)

1. 16 Days

2. Gathering Dust

3. I Melt With You

4. Mesh And Lace

5. Black Houses

6. After The Snow

7. Rainbows End

8. Smiles And Laughter

9. Ricochet Days

10. Dawn Chorus

11. Carry Me Down

12. Machines

13. Heart

14. Swans On Glass

15. Blue Waves

16. Life In The Gladhouse

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Track List: Everything's Mad

1. The Planet

2. That's Right

3. Waves (When I C*m)

4. Heaven

5. I Can't Breathe

6. Here We Go Again

7. I Don't Know Anything

8. Elastic

9. Film One

10. The Killing Screens

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Track List: I Melt With You (Single)

1. I Melt With You (Tokes' Rock The World Mix)

2. I Melt With You (Carl's Stop The World Mix)

3. Beautiful People

4. I Melt With You (Tokes' Rock The Radio Mix)

5. I Melt With You (Bass Meltdown Mix)

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Track List: Pillow Lips

1. I Melt With You (Re-Recorded Version)

2. Life's Rich Tapestry

3. Beauty

4. Too Much

5. Beautiful People

6. Care About You

7. Let's All Dream

8. Coming Up For Air

9. Pillow Lips

10. Take Me Away

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Track List: Ricochet Days

1. Rainbow End

2. Machines

3. Spinning Me Round

4. Ricochet Days

5. Hands Across The Sea

6. Blue Waves

7. Heart

8. Chapter 12

9. Chapter 12 (12-inch remix)

10. Ringing In The Change

11. Reflection

12. Breaking Away

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Track List: After The Snow

1. Someone's Calling

2. Life In The Gladhouse

3. Face Of Wood

4. Dawn Chorus

5. I Melt With You

6. After The Snow

7. Carry Me Down

8. Tables Turning

9. Someone's Calling

10. Life In The Gladhouse

11. I Melt With You (7" Mix)

12. The Prize

13. Life In The Gladhouse

14. The Choicest View

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Track List: Mesh & Lace

1. Gathering Dust

2. 16 Days

3. Just A Thought

4. Move In Light

5. Grief

6. The Token Man

7. A Viable Commercial

8. Black Houses

9. Dance Of Devotion (A Love Song)

10. Smiles And Laughter

11. Mesh And Lace

12. Tranquility

13. Home

14. Swans On Glass

15. Incident

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This was our first dance song at our wedding. All the guests and family thought we will be doing a more traditional first dance, and got a real surprise when we started to rock out to this tune. Priceless!!!
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willie10c
I have the 5 song CD with 4 versions of this song - classic!
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Gotta love it. You see difference and it's getting better all the time
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gary is my guitar inspiration. can't wait til their new album.
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Valley girl with Nicholas cage.
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life. now that you've started reading don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs with 1444 mins when your done your crushes name will appear in bright letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Dude didn't hear this song in 80's???
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I love this song, I first heard it in the movie Sky High.
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valley girl
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There nothing you and I wont do!!
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I'll melt with you, A timeless song as timeless as love it's self.
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Nick Cage loves this song… made him a star…
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Good memories
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kellyproseus
Where it all started...♡
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Hershey's Chocolate anyone?
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I'm hungry helllppppp
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I love "melt with you", but f**king burger king killed this song.
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I think of burger King now every time I hear this song...
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THEY CHANGED THE SOMEONES CALLING SONG TO THE MUSIC VIDEO VERSION GHEJJDFNFNND J S J S J D N O N O N O N O N N O N O
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Every time I hear this cool Jam is, all I think off is "Mini Skirt and Pumps" on a very attractive brunette back in the 80s :) I was ready to melt with her! Great memories in High School
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can you feel it now mr. krabs.
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....it is getting better all the time ;)
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ethanotto123 4 5
This song is about being in love in the middle of a nuclear apocalypse
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Rakenrol parekoy ��
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Great anthem of the 80's, beyond that a one hit wonder.
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i would melt with e.o
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I would melt with you my bride what a song
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Great song. How did I miss this one in the 80's
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phoenixmommy 5 4 8
One of my favorite songs and haven't heard in a long time.
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Love this,song
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sfsa
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fleetwood mac
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HER NAME WAS BECKY......! ! ! ! ! !
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❤ love it
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Yeah, UK record companies never want to make money
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I will stop the world I melt with you it's getting better my Mike your mimi
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I melt with you is my favorite song EVER
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I Melt With You... From my favorite movie : Valley Girl, with a young, thin, hairy, punk...Nicol a s Cage
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I can't wait to be melt away forever luv shorty
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I can't melt away with that special person to come in my life luv shorty
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Of course the U S record label company f**ked the band up.
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Miss The 80s... Best Time...
Good Memories... ***
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zenas.bakir
Nostalgia
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Dog'z , the clash , old school, rebel alliance , red zone , rebel familia , renisanz , Rekoleshyn , OBN , Monarchs , StrayKats , Crooks
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BRIAN STOP THE WORLD I AM GETTING DIZZY !!GOING INSANE!! OH FORGET IT LET SPIN OUT OF CONTROL!! WE CAN JUMP OFF AND KEEP ON RUNNING !!
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Despised song from guys who knew better
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