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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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megan1490
Valley girl!!! Nicholas cage so in that movie only. This song reminds me of my crush from the movie theater
80s ....like a new order of music, hard to put a label on the variety, and so much creativity .
I love the 80s music!!!! My favorite besides ROCK N ROLL!!!'
To Robert,

A h, but you'll have your undying love of 80 ' s music!
the 80s
The Cure, very nice. If you comment on 2 songs and post it on the Internet and 5 people read it you won't get a G D thing.
The 80s ROCK
Some of the best music was produced during the 80's
you'll be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. if you don't post you will die in 2 days. now that you're reading this, don't stop. this is so scary. put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
Actually the 80s was the best decade ever because thats when I was born, so if the 80s had never happened I would have never happened.
Great 80s song
The 80's is the decade that keeps happening, like it or not!
I didnt 4get and ur always guing to be my womder woman always
Great song I love it !! ;) it take's me back to the 80's <3
Okay, the 80s were NOT the greatest decade ever. There was actually a lot of awful s**t going on that people seem to view with rose-colored glasses. That all said, 80s music HAS held up well over time - just avoid the bubblegum. The 80s underground is some of the best stuff, and I'm not just talking about rock / new wave. The 80s were the beginning of hardcore rap as well. 80s music was amazing, but the rest of the decade is an amalgam of kitsch and overwhelming egocentricit y .
bobonnit, the 80s was the greatest decade EVER! Music, movies, television, sports, you name it!! Go back to bed!
Top gun and a lot of other song take me back
Ill stop the world and melt with you girl
Umm... the 80's music wasn't all that great and has not held up well over time. Of course it still beats 90's, 2000's and 20-teens music which is execrable.
danrocco
Class of 89...these times in the late 80s were the best times of my life. ..everyone on here I can gather feels the same. ..great music. .
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.
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