Where are my my 80s kids at? I know where you are, it’s not quite 10 a.m. on a Monday, you’ve gone through your morning routine dropping off kids or picking up your coffee and now you’re at work sifting through emails. Eh well, that could just be me.
I’m going to share some music lyrics from a song that I know my 80s friends will know right away and likely start singing right along while reading.
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (I’ll stop the world)
You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time (let’s stop the world)
There’s nothing you and I won’t do (let’s stop the world)
I’ll stop the world and melt with youModern English
“I’ll Melt With You” is a song that makes me smile, and of course when it comes on I than can immediately remember all of the words. Unfortunately, this one song is really the only single I can remember from Modern English. ”I Melt With You” is from their 1982 album After The Snow it was featured in a movie called “Valley Girl” starring Deborah Foreman and Nicholas Cage back in the day. More recently, it was a track played in the Netflix phenomena Stranger Things. You might remember hearing it early on in season one, episode two when Tommy pushes Carol into the pool at Steve’s house.
So why am I going on and on about this 40-year-old band?
Well over the summer the band had been set to tour, but COVID brought the band to a halt. They decided not to head out to Minnesota as planned in August. However, today the band announced their upcoming 2022 North American headline tour will be happening! It has been over 10 years since the group have been on stage together. They will be performing their classic 1982 album, After the Snow, in its entirety—along with classics from its extensive catalog—the upcoming run will begin on Saturday, March 12 at Respectable St. in West Palm Beach, FL and hit all regions of the U.S. and select Canadian cities on separate legs through Saturday, September 24.
While on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, many different artists and bands performed online for their fans, including Modern English. I’m not ashamed to admit it was definitely a highlight for me. I love this song!
Frontman Robbie Grey had the following to share about the upcoming 2022 North American run:
“When we finally play the whole of the ‘After the Snow’ album for the first time on tour, emotions will run high. Expect a lot of pent up energy and excitement. It’s been a long time coming and will be worth the wait.”
Additionally, Modern English recently released After the Snow: Live From Indigo at the O2, a live collection featuring the songs from the album on CD, CD/DVD and digital. A vinyl version of the album will be available exclusively on Record Store Day, Friday, November 26.
Check out “Someone’s Calling” from After the Snow: Live From Indigo at the O2 HERE.
The band’s most recent album was released in 2017. Take Me To The Trees, an album that reconnected the band to their youth, in the fervent and fecund world of late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk Britain. Given Modern English’s roots were post-punk icons Wire and Joy Division – dark and austere while still melodic and passionate – Take Me To The Trees is a return to the sound and vision of their very early work that even James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem has described as “a sneaky secret that everyone writes off, because they just think it’s going to be a ‘I Melt With You’ but it sounds way scarier than any Joy Division record [Mesh & Lace].”