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New romantic is old-school ’80s on a Saturday night

The fall of disco and the commercial demise of punk rock music took a turn in the early 1980s into what was dubbed, “one of the most romantic periods in the history of popular music.” Musicians abandoned their guitars and traditional drum kits for the latest in state-of-the-art technology: synthesizers, drum machines and special effects. They donned a more androgynous look known as “new romantic.” The result was music alive with sensual crooning, searing synthesizers, pulsating bass lines and pounding electronic drums, carrying a message of love, politics and sexual being. Thus was created a “new wave” of pop and dance music, when bands like Duran Duran, Eurythmics, The Cure, and the Thompson Twins were on the cutting edge. The 1980s also saw a multitude of unforgettable one-hit-wonders such as Modern English, Gary Numan, and Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Tainted Love, a seven-piece group from San Francisco, brings you back to the days when keyboards ruled the airwaves, cascading hairdos were commonplace and outlandish fashions lit up the pioneering early days of MTV. With a lineup of three high-energy singers driven by a power house band whose credentials include the bands Pride andamp; Joy, Super Diamond, Car Wash, Panama, and Yah-Yah Littleman, Tainted Love delivers a non-stop ’80s live show featuring “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “I Melt With You,” “Obsession,” “Safety Dance” and many other pop gems from that deliriously decadent decade. One night of Tainted Love and you’ll know why disco is dead.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 1, 2012 02:31PM Published Mar 1, 2012 02:30PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.