Top 10 Favorite 80's Synth-Pop Songs - "Revenge"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 25, 2016 3:25pm CST
We head to Chicago, home of Ministry, for #1 in my Top 10 Favorite 80's Synth-Pop Songs series. Ministry was formed in 1981 by vocalist Al Jourgensen (the band's only constant.) Although Ministry is one of the world's most popular industrial act's, they started out as a synth-pop band, releasing their keyboard-laden 1983 debut album, With Sympathy. To this day, I contend they would have been as popular as other electronic bands such as Depeche Mode and New Order had they continued this direction. (Fun fact I read years ago: Jourgensen was once on the ski team at the University of Colorado before blowing out his knee.) "Revenge" was a single from that album, and although it failed to chart, I think it's one of the top three songs on With Sympathy. (By the way, Jourgensen pretty much professed to hating the band's synth-pop era, but has since reworked classic's such as "Everyday is Halloween.") "Revenge" is, lyrically, pretty dark for synth-pop, which is probably why I like it over equally great songs from the album, such as "Work for Love." Although I'm a big fan of industrial Ministry, I do love their early synth-pop. A lot.
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