¡Que siga la fiesta!
I have to blame my grandmother for electronic music. She was the one who introduced me to Tomita's Snowflakes are Dancing and the Walter Carlos Switched-On Bach. And that was a couple of years before popular music started featuring them.I have been too. Also including Walter/Wendy Carols, Goblin, Tangerine Dream, and Kitaro too. I’ve seen the last 2 in concert at the now extinct Universal Amphitheater. My favorite venue. All pioneers of electronic music, which gave wave to Euro-disco, Giorgio Moroder, and Nu wave 2 finger bands. Lol. Anyway it made the 70’s and 80’s more fun.
I remember when the Yazoo singles came out ("Situation" and "Don't Go"). I didn't realize until just several years ago that Vince Clarke was also one of the early members of Depeche Mode, and it's easy to hear his style on their earliest LP. (He left early on to eventually form Yaz.) His work in Erasure is evolved from that earlier style of his.
It might also explain why I've always been a fan of the Minneapolis sound. Even "Funkytown" was largely synthesizer-based. M ("Pop Muzik") as well. Jazz also featured synthesizers and probably embraced them a bit earlier than pop music at the time.