Today's trivia pays tribute to the 80's synthpop duos and the sound that put the waves in 'new wave.' Synthpop didn't create the idea of the duo. After all, there were duos all throughout the era of popular recorded music, like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, The Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Captain And Tennille . But the proliferation of synthesizers and drum machines during the 80's made it possible for a pair of songwriters to skip the step of assembling a band in order to record and perform their songs.
One person up front to sing and move about, the other behind the keyboards to cue up the tracks and play the melody. Acts who followed this new paradigm included Soft Cell, The Pet Shop Boys, O.M.D., Yazoo, Erasure, Naked Eyes, Eurythmics, and Romania. In fact, there was a synthpop duo back in the 80's who took their name from an English dessert pudding. They never made it to the top ten in the U.S., but they were a fixture on MTV, and made it to 7 on the U.K. charts with the song "Living On The Ceiling." What was the name of this duo?
Bonus Question: At the root of synthpop's family tree is the legendary German quartet Kraftwerk. Their pioneering efforts from the 1970's presaged the role computers and electronic instruments would play in popular music. At the dawn of the 1980's, the title track of their album "Computer World" predicted the role computers would eventually play in our daily lives. In addition to mentioning crime, travel, communication, and entertainment, the song's lyrics mentioned four organizations which rely heavily on computers. What were they?