Apparently I can live in the 80s forever. Jeff and Jane.

Jeff and Jane

One result of the internet invention is I can find a constant flow of electronic songs recorded in the 1980s that I never heard before. Now I want to point out that I know several million electronic songs from the eighties already so this is an astonishing fact! Synthpop, new wave, ebm is my freak obsession. I seek every word of every song and every synth note played from that decade. I’m dumbfounded when IJeff and Jane - Flesh come across something that I never heard of before.

Don’t worry, my blabbing is leading this blog post somewhere… Yesterday I decided to jump around in MySpace to find some new music. I click on a friend or artist I know and then just randomly click on one of their friends and see what I can find. We all do that right? To me this replaces going to a record store and searching the bins or even dial surfing on the radio. I landed on the Daft Records page because Daft Records kicks ass (it’s the Belgian electronic body music label run by Dirk Ivens). The top friend in their top 8 is a band called Jeff and Jane. As soon as I saw the black and white scanned photo they used as their profile picture my eighties radar started going off so I had to click. This is one of the songs on the Jeff and Jane MySpace page called Los Alamos:

Some of you are thinking right now… eeew that was shitty. I however think that song is fucking awesome. When he sings, “You’ve got lots of political power!” I knew I had to grab everything these guys made I could find. That lead me to click on their website officialjeffandjane.com and discovered you can download a lot of there music for free!

The band performed in venues in Boston, New York and Philadephia. The music was electro-pop employing early Roland synths and the TR808 drum machine. For some performances, Wally Gagel appeared on drums with Russ Smith on bass. In 1985 the band stopped performing and recording. In 1986, Jeff started to direct music videos and Jane produced video art. Both were teaching at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. – officialjeffandjane.com

I had to share Jeff and Jane with you. This is what music is all about… discovery, feeling, memories, getting fired up! What’s so cool about finding an old song like this is you can open Ableton on your laptop, add some tape noise, retro synth and drum machine vst’s and shoot for a similar sound.

There is great music happening in 2008 (MGMT, Justice) but my heart still lives in 1988.

8 Comments

  1. Nice! I <3…. er.. most of their stuff. I could do without their “girl from ipanema” cover. My favorite track is I think called “pound”. great stuff.

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  2. One more thing…

    this is my recent 80s find. Oppenheimer Analysis. they just had some stuff reissued.

    http://www.oppenheimeranalysis.com/

    start with “the devil’s dancers”. great songs!

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  3. Oliver…how nice of you to wax enthusiastic about our music. Glad you found the website and the mp3′s. It’s amazing how much staying power it has thanks to the Internet.
    All the best,
    Jane

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  4. Hi Jane… thanks for your music and your comment here!!!

    Hi Daniel… Oppenheimer… wow… another find!!! I really can live in the eighties forever!!! Amazing!

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  5. Hi Chad… more cool tunes… thanks!

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  6. Oh yeah Chad… the song “Bad Up By Brunettes”… I love it!

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  7. the slop remind me of the Prima Donnas

    http://www.emusic.com/album/10752/10752829.html

    good stuff. is it from the 80s?

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