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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
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Selected Discography

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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: 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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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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I love "melt with you", but f**king burger king killed this song.
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kimready46
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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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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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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 in 1444 mind 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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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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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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Taking a dump
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can you feel it now mr. krabs
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Yes Becca C.S., I would still stop my world and melt with you...F.P.
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Melt With You !! Great Song
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I'll stop the world I'll melt with no one but you mimi
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Love this song I Melt with you
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there's so much we could do together have some fun baby mike
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daddy gary
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I'm not losing you at all mimi
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the flute in carry me down is pretty intense.
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here is your wet kiss for you my love and your hug too mimi
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the future is great for we will be a team together Mimi Mike sounds oood
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Music is a universal language. It reminds me that art can change a dying and decaying world.
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