Land Of Giants

A short-lived Canadian outfit, Land of Giants created a great expanded electropop sound. Their pop feels like put in a strange sound blender and mixed with cosmic-disco and post-punk oddity in equal amounts. No surprise that they charmed John Peel.

Lask

The early releases of jazz saxophonist Ulrich Lask in the ECM label are unique examples of jazz fusion meeting dada synth pop, complete with female spoken word and prog-like singing ala-Dagmar Krause.

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A perfect mid-point for those who like both dramatic, theatrical new wave and cold found-sound 80s minimalism, a combination which, however, did not work commercially for the band, which remains largely unknown.

Lemon Kittens

Strange and very poetic post punk / collage that later turned synth-pop duet (incorporating Danielle Dax) from Reading, UK, of two artists that apparently met through a newspaper advert. Their record "We buy a hammer for daddy" is a DIY masterpiece.

Lena Platonos

Lena Platonos was arguably the most innovative musician/composer/performer to come out of 80s Greece. She created a distinctive and highly personal electronic mix of poetry and proto-electronica.

Liberte

Although Liberte? from San Francisco released only half of a flexi single (shared with punk band A state of Mind), their political hiphop-meets-noise-ala-PopGroup/Crass sound is truly remarkable.

Liliput

Liliput was one of the most important exponents of Swiss Wave. Their post-punk sound, full of strange noises and bizarre vocals, has been quoted as influential by a large amount of post-pop musicians. San-Francisco band Deerhoof counts amongst their fans.

Lizard

Further leftfield than the Plastics, japanese band Lizard produced some wonderfully discordant electronic no wave. Their first album was produced by J.J. Burnel of the Stranglers.

Lizzy Mercier Descloux

One of the most interesting solo artists to come out of France in the 80s, Lizzy Mercier Descloux recorded a number of lyrical but angular records that sound like a more experimental Patti Smith.

Log-A-Rhythms

A wonderful post-disco project from Chicago, Log-A-Rhythms were short-lived, but produced a strange mixture of disco-non-disco (with strings included!) and post-punk oddness, funky and bizarre at the same time.

longshoremen

More mid than early 80s, although the band existed earlier as part of San Francisco's avant-cabaret Club Foot. Spoken word a capella craziness.

Lora Logic

Less punky and less known than the other two bands she was involved in (X-Ray Spex and Essential Logic), but as brilliant as those acts, Lora Logic released one solo album in 1982 in the Tom Tom Club vein, which is super-dancy but also musically complex.

Luc Marianni

Unrecognised genius of post-kraftwerky futuristic music, Luc Marianni combines epic krautism with a quirky DIY found-noise scheme with wonderful results. He has recently resurfaced.

Lucrate milk

Lucrate Milk were a late-70s jazz-punk band from Paris consisting of former milkmen and (other) artists. Following an anti-comformist attitude and informed by a Dadaist aesthetic, they were highly influential in the French DIY scene.

Ludus

Manchester-based Ludus were one of the most interesting late 70s post-punk bands. Drawing musical influences from just about everything and putting together complex, but also beautifully lyrical compositions, they created perfect art-punk. A must.

Lunapark

Lunapark are a minimal/coldwave band from Germany, bridging the Belgian-type industrial/cold sounds and NDW found sound quirkiness.

Luna Set

Luna Set is a particularly strange band from Germany, not so much in the sense of being avantgardistic, but because they make pretty pop melodic songs, whose ethereal feel is almost disrupted by unexpected complex rhythmic moments or instrumentations.

Lustige Mutanten

Very short-lived, one-EP-only (but a great one) NDW band. No info about the band can be found online, other than that it was produced by electro genius Tom Dokoupil.