If anyone could claim credit for helping to bring synthesizers back into fashion after the slash/burn of punk rock, it’d probably be Billy Currie (pictured right). A cracking violinist, he was also pretty handy with a synth.
His band, Ultravox, helped to define the sound of what would eventually be called new wave. He was enlisted by Gary Numan after Ultravox! main man John Foxx left for pastures new, only to re-appear with Ultravox (sans exclamation mark) when they reformed with Midge Ure on vocals.
Currie used ARPs, Moogs and OSCar synthesizers to provide instantly recognisable soaring lead lines and romantic strings passages that inspired a generation of synthesists.