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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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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
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 nice fun song
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.
Love this band
kickin it old school, kinda :D
LOVE it.
all these bands rock
awesome...va l l e y girl
This was the first song my fiance and I heard when we got back iin the car after I proposed to her at sunset on top of Corona Heights in S.F.
jrscannell
heard this song in a movie!
jrscannell
this song makes me feel upbeat and happy!
I love how it stops and then starts up again!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
England really does come out with great bands.
Love this song!
Great song brings back great memories
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