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New Musik were an English synthpop group active from 1977 to 1982. Several artists have covered tracks by the band, including Delegation "Twelfth House" (1981), Camouflage "On Islands" (1989), Alphaville "On Islands" (1993), Psychotic Youth "Living By Numbers" (1996) and Orwell "On Islands" (2008).

New Musik formed in 1977 in London, growing out of a casual band of South London school friends who jammed together under the name End of the World. Songwriter and record producer Tony Mansfield was the lead vocalist and frontman for the band, who was also a former member of the Nick Straker Band, and was joined in the original line-up by Straker, bassist Tony Hibbert and drummer Phil Towner. The latter had played on The Buggles' hit single, "Video Killed the Radio Star".

Rather than immediately pursue a recording contract, the newly christened New Musik chose to hone their craft first. Working during down times at a recording studio where Mansfield was informally employed as a session musician and apprentice sound engineer, the foursome recorded most of what would become their first two albums before approaching the UK record label, GTO Records with the finished master tapes. However, before GTO released the first New Musik single, "Straight Lines", in August 1979, Straker had left for a solo career, scoring a minor UK hit single with the song "A Walk in the Park". He was replaced by Clive Gates, and the new line-up completed New Musik's debut album, From A to B, which was released in April 1980.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Musik