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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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I absolutely loved Bridget Fonda. God i miss her.
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1.Kiss your hand

2.Say your crushes name

3.Close your hand

4.Say a school day

5.Open your hand and post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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Love all my fan's
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Big-time 80s
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ginaniemiec
*im
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ginaniemiec
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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wow the memories.... . I melt with you brings back.... driving on a hot summer day to go to movie with girlfriend great times
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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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Making love to you was never second best--One of the best lines in a song EVER.
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I'm totally old school miss those house parties and everything else that came with it!!!
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Love Modern English!!! They are part of my youth and well into my adulthood!!!
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I hate these stupid posts saying if you don't post it you'll die in two days , idiots
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milosdad
80's had great music. You just had to look for it. Clash, Modern English, Tom Petty, Peter Tosh, the Ramones, Elvis Costello, Psychedelic Furs, Beastie Boys, Rolling Stones, Lyle Lovett, Metallica, and much, much more. I realize taste is subjective but I can find crap and great music in any era.
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megan1490
This song never gets old I fell for a different guy this year
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Nice 80s song.......
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Great Sound . Good Group
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#hershey'sco m m e r c i a l
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Real good song
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This song was to a girl in class that I liked she liked the song too
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jason3971ber k 1 0 1
One of the best songs of the 80's,tears me up every time I hear it,class of '89,long live the 80's
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milosdad
I love this song. ( I Melt With You). Rest of the record was actually really good.
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Modern English Rock's stop the world
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I read the post and posted nothing and I am still alive 2 days later
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I forgot they made it in the Valley with the mom
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One the best groups ever to make an album
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Love this song "totally to the max". Hence the phase, from the film "Valley Girl".
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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
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80s ....like a new order of music, hard to put a label on the variety, and so much creativity .
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I love the 80s music!!!! My favorite besides ROCK N ROLL!!!'
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To Robert,

A h, but you'll have your undying love of 80 ' s music!
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the 80s
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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.
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The 80s ROCK
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Daniel 008
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Some of the best music was produced during the 80's
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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.
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Great 80s song
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The 80's is the decade that keeps happening, like it or not!
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I didnt 4get and ur always guing to be my womder woman always
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Great song I love it !! ;) it take's me back to the 80's <3
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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 .
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bobonnit, the 80s was the greatest decade EVER! Music, movies, television, sports, you name it!! Go back to bed!
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