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V&A announce Postmodernism Style and Subversion collaboration

by Jo Ching. Published Thu 08 Sep 2011 14:19, last updated: 08/09/11

The V&A Shop is delighted to announce its collaboration with one of the world’s leading music companies EMI Music to create the first ever postmodern music compilation. The partnership celebrates the music and fashion of the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990.

The V&A's major Autumn exhibition will be the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history: postmodernism. It will show how postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including art, film, music, graphics and fashion.

One of the biggest names in music, EMI Music has worked closely with the V&A Shop and the music the curators have retrospectively identified as ‘Postmodern’ to produce the first definitive record on CD/DVD and Vinyl of the postmodern era providing the sound to what is often thought of as a mostly visual movement. Co-curator Glenn Adamson writes in the sleeve notes “postmodernism’s negative energy was the most potent combustible fuel that art, design, and pop music ever discovered. Postmodernism was the ingredient that made the New Wave really New. It was the DNA of MTV.”

Created exclusively for the V&A Shop, the double CD and DVD set has 32 tracks and 18 music videos, spanning New Romantic, Electro, Krautrock, New Wave, and Hip Hop to present a curated postmodern mix of artists from both main stream and fringes, the internationally successful and the critically acclaimed; David Bowie, Blondie, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics as well as Kraftwerk, Devo, Laurie Anderson and The The. As Peter Saville said, the music industry was the primary “delivery system” for postmodern ideas. The DVD is devoted to postmodern tendencies in music video, with artists such as Duran Duran, Grace Jones, Devo and Ultravox showing how they used the medium to express style, culture and anxiety about the future.

The limited edition gatefold double LP is for the postmodern music collector and connoisseur. The gatefold features exclusive artwork by Charles Jencks, the namesake of postmodernism and an essay by the exhibition curator. The tracks featured are a point of difference to the CD/DVD with music from Joy Division, Eurythmics, Television and many more. Both albums have been expertly compiled by the world famous Abbey Road Studios, London, and contain rare mixes, alternate and live versions of selected tracks.

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion in Sound and Vision 1970-1990

CD1:

1. DAVID BOWIE – FASHION (Single VERSION)

2. BLONDIE - HEART OF GLASS (7” VERSION)

3. THE HUMAN LEAGUE - LOVE ACTION (I Believe in Love)

4. EURYTHMICS - SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS)

5. SPANDAU BALLET - TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT (12” VERSION)

6. ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK - ELECTRICITY

7. JOY DIVISION - TRANSMISSION (Album VERSION)

8. SIMPLE MINDS - LOVE SONG

9. TALK TALK - TALK TALK

10. HEAVEN 17 - PENTHOUSE & PAVEMENT

11. ULTRAVOX - ALL STOOD STILL

12. LAURIE ANDERSON - O SUPERMAN

13. THE BUGGLES - VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR

14. DEVO - FREEDOM OF CHOICE

15. TELEVISION - MARQUEE MOON (EDIT)

16. THE SPECIALS - CONCRETE JUNGLE

17. BOW WOW WOW - C’30, C’60, C’90 GO


CD2:
1. KRAFTWERK - TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX FRANÇOIS K.)

2. PET SHOP BOYS - WEST END GIRLS (DANCE MIX)

3. DURAN DURAN - GIRLS ON FILM (NIGHT VERSION)

4. DEPECHE MODE - PERSONAL JESUS (HOLIER THAN THOU APPROACH)

5. YAZOO - SITUATION (US 12” MIX)

6. THE FUN BOY THREE AND BANANARAMA - IT AIN'T WHAT YOU DO IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT

7. SCRITTI POLITTI - WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) (7” VERSION)

8. MALCOLM MCLAREN - MADAME BUTTERFLY (UN BEL DI VEDREMO)

9. THOMAS DOLBY - SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE

10. TALKING HEADS - PSYCHO KILLER (LIVE)

11. THE THE - INFECTED

12. BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE - E=MC2

13. RUN DMC - WALK THIS WAY (EDIT)

14. GRANDMASTER FLASH and THE FURIOUS FIVE - THE ADVENTURES OF GRANDMASTER FLASH ON THE WHEELS OF STEEL

15. MANTRONIX - KING OF THE BEATS

DVD:

1. ULTRAVOX - VIENNA

2. VISAGE - FADE TO GREY

3. DURAN DURAN - GIRLS ON FILM

4. THE HUMAN LEAGUE - DON'T YOU WANT ME

5. SPANDAU BALLET - CHANT NO.1 (I DON’T NEED THIS PRESSURE ON)

6. DEVO - WHIP IT

7. NEW ORDER - BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE

8. DEPECHE MODE - NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN (SINGLE VERSION)

9. ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK - ENOLA GAY

10. SIMPLE MINDS - PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE

11. GRACE JONES - LOVE IS THE DRUG

12. BLONDIE - RAPTURE

13. CULTURE CLUB - KARMA CHAMELEON

14. MALCOLM MCLAREN - BUFFALO GALS

15. THE SPECIALS - GHOST TOWN

16. HEAVEN 17 – TEMPTATION (EDIT)

17. THE THE - INFECTED

18. TALK TALK - LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT


Vinyl

Side 1:
1. DAVID BOWIE - ASHES TO ASHES (SINGLE VERSION)

2. TALKING HEADS - GIRLFRIEND IS BETTER (LIVE)

3. EURYTHMICS - SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS)

4. THE BUGGLES - VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR

5. PET SHOP BOYS - WEST END GIRLS (7” SINGLE)



Side 2:
1. DURAN DURAN - PLANET EARTH (SINGLE VERSION)

2. HEAVEN 17 - (WE DON’T NEED THIS) FASCIST GROOVE THANG

3. THE HUMAN LEAGUE - SOUND OF THE CROWD

4. SPANDAU BALLET - THE FREEZE

5. ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK - ENOLA GAY

6. JAPAN - VISIONS OF CHINA



Side 3:
1. JOY DIVISION – TRANSMISSION (ALBUM VERSION)

2. SIMPLE MINDS - I TRAVEL

3. PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED - PUBLIC IMAGE

4. DEPECHE MODE – STRANGELOVE (SINGLE VERSION)

5. DEVO - WHIP IT

6. THE NORMAL - WARM LEATHERETTE



Side 4:
1. BLONDIE - DENIS

2. THE STRANGLERS - SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE

3. BUZZCOCKS - WHAT DO I GET?

4. MAGAZINE - SHOT BY BOTH SIDES

5. WIRE - OUTDOOR MINER

6. GANG OF FOUR - I LOVE A MAN IN UNIFORM

7. XTC - MECCANIK DANCING (OH WE GO!)


The Postmodernism Style and Subversion in Sound and Vision 1970-1990

Double CD /DVD set and Limited Edition Vinyl is available exclusively from the V&A Shop from September 2011


CD/DVD set £15

Vinyl - Limited Edition - £25



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