Totally Nuclear Three-Way: Modern English – “I Melt With You”
Modern English, ‘After the Snow’ is available on iTunes.
by Walter Price
In the year of 1982 things were changing in your word. That year you had no clue what was going on with Argentina invading the Falkland Islands and that same year you knew there was more to pop music than ABBA, Michael Jackson, Sheena Easton, and Rod Stewart. In 1982 your eager little soul was discovering the sounds of Flock of Seagulls, Yazoo, Elvis Castello, XTC, ABC, and Depeche Mode. You were, as you are now, clever.
But there was this one band. A group just scratching the surface of your conscious. Hailing from Colchester, England, this band was called Modern English, their multi-directional post-punk-new-wave gem of an album was called ‘After the Snow’, and their goth-esque sex during a nuclear disaster track was “I Melt With You”. You heard the difference and it continues to get better all the time.
“Moving forward using all my breath
Making love to you was never second best
I saw the world crashing all around your face
Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace”
“I Melt With You” has a legacy that is beautifully etched into our souls and pop culture, like, forever. Movies, chocolaty ads, 80’s best of lists, and a for always a staple on pop radio. And we really love it. But it isn’t just you and I who love this song. No, this song has touched many artists as well. Spawning an endless sea of cover versions. And I have listened to a literal ton of fine examples. And in loving tribute, I have picked three faves to melt your oh so dark yet sweet, heart.
Bowling For Soup
VIVA MODERN ENGLISH
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