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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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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

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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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Love this song ������������
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Sky high
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80's rocked!
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awesome, love this era, so many amazing memories
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Eat a bunch of mushrooms and I'll melt with you the world will get much better you and me melting all the time. Will listen to much better music than this. Maybe something with a much deeper meaning
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They had a great song that was #1 to me. Ice Man
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it bring back the 80s and all the good times. 80s ROCK!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I'll stop the world &&Melt for you
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Bring me back to 82
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Their first album, released only a year before after the snow is a totally goth. It's a not particularly inspired combination of Bauhaus and Joy Division. Their second single, Gathering Dust, and their fourth single, Life in the Gladhouse are probably the best things they ever did.
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Good memories
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Love it xD
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Therz nothin you & I won't do! I can't stop the world from melting me & you! The future is the opposite of white! Or should I say light....
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Classic old school 80's love it
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Mmmm hmmm Mmmm
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Love this song and group among others Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Depeche Mode. ....
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Love to time travel!
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klman1066
my bride and I and dozens of guests danced all night to this song, great memories :)
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This song always reminds me of the movie valley girl ����
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I've seen the difference, and it's getting better all the time!!!
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chefeam
One of the Best song ever made! ! Love it!!
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Awesome Song...
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Thee best
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Good stuff - no matter what decade you grew up in!
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Bad a** song! Love the 80's music
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I love this song and I'm just 8�����������
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I'll stop the world and melt with you..... Like Bowser getting defeated by Mario.
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The Good ole 80s. My Boys (all 4) of them Always tell me Mom, I wish I grew up in the 80s like you did. You had us in the Wrong Era������The y Always make me laugh when they say that because then I tell them, Nope I was already young when I had you guys (in my 20s) I wasn't going to be a Baby having Babies������ b u t they're Right. Musically, it was a GREAT ERA. There will Never be an Era like this EVER AGAIN. Funk music, Break Dancing and oh so much more. LONG LIVE THE 80s��������� ?
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One of the best out of many many tunes! The 80's had to be the best decade to be a teenager in next to the 50's from what I've seen those were the good old days.
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The best song in ever!!! Oh Nicolas Cage,YOU! Great memories of my teenage years.
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mtncahat74
This song is in My favoritist Movie in the whole wide world.. Valley Girl with Nicolas Cage!! I LOVE THIS SONG!! LIKE SOOO TOTALLY!! YOU KNOW!! :) They call Me the Native American Valley Girl!! Like fer sher! Have a great Day All!! :)
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The greatest best-friend song ever
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Sounds like they drummer is banging on some huge drums lol love this jam
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This is one of best 80's songs
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Typical 80s band cool
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I'll stop the south WORLD and melt with you!
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I absolutely loved Bridget Fonda. God i miss her.
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Love all my fan's
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Big-time 80s
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love this song even though in 13
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I remember when I first heard this song! I loved it in the movie Valley Girl. Nicholas Cage was so cute in the movie.
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have loved this song since junior high! Awesome!
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Frankie says relax ...
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Nice
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I remember this song from the movies 'Singles' with Brigit fonda
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KICK-A** SONG!
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Come and Melt With Me!
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