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Modern English

The summery hooks and warm lyrics of Modern English's biggest hit, "I Melt With You," gave listeners the impression that the band was an upbeat pop act in the early '80s. "I Melt With You" was actually an anomaly in Modern English's early discography. Formed in Colchester, England, in 1979, Modern English was originally a punk group called the Lepers. Featuring Robbie Grey (vocals, guitar), Gary McDowell (guitar), and Richard Brown (drums), the Lepers mainly performed at parties. After Mick Conroy (bass) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) joined the band, they changed their name to Modern English and were signed to 4AD Records. Inspired by the stylish gloom of Bauhaus and Joy Division, Modern English released the singles "Swans on Glass" and "Gathering Dust" before recording their 1981 debut LP Mesh & Lace. Boiling with raw anger, dissonant rhythms, and weird noises, Mesh & Lace confused some U.K. critics while mesmerizing others. A year later, the group streamlined their sound, dropping much of Mesh & Lace's gothic experimentation on After the Snow. "I Melt With You" was included on the Valley Girl soundtrack, and its video became an MTV staple. Although "I Melt With You" didn't reach the Top 40 charts in America, After the Snow sold more than 500,000 copies. However, the band's next album, 1984's Ricochet Days, was a flop. Pressured by their U.S. label Sire Records to release another hit and exhausted from touring, Modern English began falling apart; Walker and Brown were fired from the group. Grey continued recording with different Modern English lineups releasing the albums Pillow Lips in 1990 and Everything Is Mad in 1996. Also in the early '90s, "I Melt With You" was played in a successful Burger King ad. In 2010, Modern English returned with the full-length studio effort Soundtrack featuring production from After the Snow producer Hugh Jones. ~ Michael Sutton, Rovi
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jackiedavis3 5 5 1
This song along with a bunch of other 80's hits are in the movie Donnie Darko. For those of u who havent seen that movie, i suggest u watch it. Its a mindblower
martinezbren n o n
This freaked me out! This isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this 10 different comments you will have the best day of your day tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
best 1 hit wonder !
I will stop the world and I melt with you
They rock
This brings back so many memories. My hay day was the 80s. This was my first dance with my wife. I thought a great choice.
This was a "party" song, when I partied in the mid-80's!
Apparently I Melt With You only made it to #76 in the US.
Funny how Melt with You got so big when the very next song, After the Snow is a way better song.
LOVE LOVE LOVE
Great song. Great lyrics.
Best song :-) love how it was :-)
Love this song! The song is in the movie (Valley Girl with Nicholas Cage) :)
I wrote a parody of this song called I'll stop the world and eat your poop
This sounds just like wire train
you think this band is good, you should check out my band Christian Titties
Great 80's memories!!Re m i n d s of "Valley Girl"movie
Those wear different days
ASH WEDNESDAY IS TOMORROW. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent - a 40-day period before Easter when Christians of many denomination s reflect on Christ's sacrifice before celebrating his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The 40 days of Lent do not include Sundays.
class of '89. great memories of a great friend... i would love to go back knowing what i know now. or at the very least, having more common sense!
larab7512
Class of '94 this song never gets old!
The best song ever class of 1987
Wish I was young again : (
guisingers
Class of '86!
High school need I say more
susan.giddin g s
I MELT WITH YOU! ONE OF THE BEST SONGS...EVER ! ! ! ! !
Mark,

Most excellent chance to play with an admired colleague. Modern English is a great band. When I first heard them I was playing a place in New Hope PA owned by leone redbone...19 8 2 maybe. Gracious, talented and a lot of fun. We all ended up at house party across the river in lambertville . An all time memory that still makes me laugh out loud, Thanx
travisyoung1 1 1 0
Great song from the best decade of music the 80's.....
Brings me back to prom days in high school....
Fantastic Mark, I hope they and your band cume to Dayton oh soon.
Just opened for them at the Viper Room in Hollywood this past Saturday night and not only are they incredible still live, they are really cool people..Such an honor to open for one of my guitar heroes and influences, Gary McDowell.... . . t h e first album effortlessly out-Bauhaus Bauhaus....a n d After the Snow is brilliant as well....
Another song by modern English is Hands across the sea I think....
I'm so glad I grew up in the 80's. Long live the music from that decade. The best decade to listen to music. Unlike now, a lot of crappy tunes and lyrics!
They played this song at my Senior prom. Good times.
wkb4447
A classic from the decade. No 80s collection is complete without it.
The 80's awesome music! Today's music just doesn't compare.
i'll stop the world and melt with you. ❤

coloradowits
Yeh, they do make you feel good!
Is there another group by the name old english?
how can this not put you in a better mood?
Today im in the mood to hear 80's:)
Rest Well
I love this song! Long live the 80's!
So, play something different than Melt then....
a thousand voices whispering true
milosdad
I melt with you. My all time favorite song
Everytime I hear this i think of Valley Girl and that cheesy montage from that movie.
oma88
Nicolas Cage in Valley Girl
gilflo910
Inche Pancho,Culer o u ODB.....
that movie with rob lowie is powerful stuff. hellishly good acting from everyone.
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