Mr Ulster discography

The album that ignited my 1980s pop collection was the soundtrack,
“Pretty In Pink”. It was my discovery of bands like OMD, Psychedelic
Furs, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, and The Smiths.

Indeed, New Order would be one of my favourite bands. I have every
album and song they have released. In fact, this extends to the
spin-off bands, Electronic (a collaboration of Bernard Sumner and Pet
Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant), and The Other Two.

The Style Council and Paul Weller’s solo career are also large
contributions to my collection. My favourite TSC song is “Money Go
Round” and Stanley Road is my choice Weller album. But don’t forget DC
Lee, Paul Weller’s former wife and original backup on TSC. I was able
to track down two of her albums, including Slam Slam.

A quick resume of my collection reflects the opinion that the 1980s were the best pop music decade, ever:

  • Big Audio Dynamite (This Is B.A.D.)
  • Devo (Greatest Hits)
  • Everything But The Girl
  • Fun Boy Three/Terry Hall
  • Tears For Fears
  • U2
  • I’ve done my best to try to maintain that pop music sound, reflected in more recent bands. And just plain branching out, too:

  • Ash (Oh Yeah)
  • Blur (Parklife, Bustin & Dronin) & Gorillaz (Demon Days)
  • Chemical Brothers (Push The Button)
  • Divine Comedy (Fin De Siecle)
  • Portishead
  • Pulp (Different Class)
  • Lately I’ve been bored by current acts (generation shift alert!),
    and I’m delving into dance albums. Some of this can be explained by my
    favourable reaction to the likes of 808 State (Utd State 90) and
    Orbital (Belfast):

  • Basement Jaxx (The Singles)
  • Fischerspooner (Odyssey)
  • Tiesto (Parade Of The Athletes)
  • Yello (Essential) (“Oh Yeah” is my all-time favourite tune!)
  • Alternative bands include Lamb (Fear Of Fours) and the Lemonheads
    (friends tell me that “Outdoor Type”, i.e. “I lied about being the
    outdoor type…”, reminds them of me).

    Growing up in Midwestern America, I was forced to listen to heavy
    metal music. Ironically, my favourite metal bands are British: AC/DC,
    Def Leppard, Scorpions, and Judas Priest.

    Perhaps I make up for that with my like for American classic composers: Copland, John Williams, Sousa, and Gershwin.

    But I’m most excited about discovering new music from around the
    world. Not so much pure traditional music, but modernised versions.
    Close to home is the Corrs and their latest album (Home). I would also
    highly recommend:

  • Manu Chao (Radio Bemba Sound System)
  • Rachid Taha (Tekitoi)
  • Nina Nicolina (a Bulgarian artist whose most recent album is just brilliant!)
  • To end where we started, my soundtracks include The Beach,
    Trainspotting, and Not Another Teen Movie (probably because it’s more a
    tribute to my favourite 80s songs). Unfortunately there was never a
    soundtrack released for my favourite film, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”,
    so I had to compile it myself.

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