contemporary europe has felt a bit neglected in recent times on this blog, so here are 3 albums from the soundtrack of my late teenage years. fond of them in nostalgic ways, but i do think the music has stood the test of time (10+ years... is that long enough?). a lot has been said about them already so just a brief description for the few visitors who haven't encountered them before. all 3 are over-priced and/or difficult to find outside of particular regions; but not super rare on the blogosphere -- though perhaps higher bit rates here than some other places.
neglected and "seminal" proto synth-industrial new-wave pop-noir, or whatever people are calling it these days. on early Mute records alongside other then unknown strange electronic pop bands like The Normal and Depeche Mode; released 1980.
for all the silly theatricality and their pretentious UK magick thing, these guys of course produced some good and memorable music. this one is from 1999.
second volume from 2000.