80sObscurities presents: The Truth - 'Playground'

Posted on 11/07/13

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80sObscurities presents: The Truth - 'Playground'

This 80sObscurities was founded by DJ Rexx Arkana to showcase old, often unknown or forgotten acts and tracks from the decade when electronic music was truly the new wave. Rexx Arkana has been a club/radio DJ and promoter since the mid-80s and headlined festivals on several continents and currently holds a residency at DEFCON, NYC's current longest-running weekly scene party. He is also the founder and lyricist of Brudershaft and one half of harsh electro act FGFC820.

Up today on 80sObscurities is British Mod-revivalist band The Truth, with the title cut from their debut 1985 I.R.S. album, “Playground.” Formed in 1982 by Dennis Greaves (Nine Below Zero) and Mick Lister, the band went through several line-up changes over the years, with Greaves and Lister as the constant songwriting team throughout.

The first of several singles released in advance of their full-length was 1983’s “Confusion (Hits Us Every Time)”, the band’s biggest chart success, peaking at #22 on the UK Singles Chart. By contrast, it was 1987’s “Weapons of Love”, which marked a significant stylistic change for the group, which was their most commercially successful in the United States. The album’s title track climbed as high as #7 on the rock charts and #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several songs from the release also appeared on the soundtrack to that year’s cult sci-fi film “The Hidden.”

While the group disbanded in 1989, they recently reformed and have been playing live concerts the last few years. Still, nothing quite captures their live energy like this track and its promotional video. Can you handle The Truth?

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If you've got a favorite musical memory from the 80s that you'd like to share, email Rexx your requests at rexxarkana@gmail.com . Rexx Arkana's 80sObscurities previous playlists are also available on Facebook and YouTube.

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