How about some New Wave music?

New wave music covers a wide variety of music from the 1970’s to the mid-1980’s and has ties with the original punk rock wave in the U.K.

It incorporates aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, disco and 1960s pop music.

liam-lusk-new-wave-music-weekinmusicNew wave is considered a definitive musical genre of the 1980s and became a fixture on video channels of the day like MTV. It has also seen revivals in the 1990’s, early 2000’s and 2004.

All the bands in this post have either reformed due to demand for their music or they simply never went away. I think this in itself lends respect to the artists.

Malcolm McLaren a powerhouse in the music industry at that time is behind some of the bands/music in this list.

Watch the videos of each song by clicking on the links.

  1. David Bowie – ‘Ashes to Ashes’ – 1980
  2. ABC – ‘The Look of Love’ – 1982 
  3. Spandau Ballet – ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’ – 1980
  4. Bow Wow Wow – ‘Go Wild In The Country – 1982
  5. Adam and the Ants – ‘Antmusic’ – 1980
  6. Roxy Music – ‘Dance Away’ – 1979

Enjoy the list and feel free to leave a comment about the New Wave bands you like and why.

  1. David Bowie – ‘Ashes to Ashes’ – 1980
    • In 1980 David Bowie was already an iconic figure in British music having been active since 1962.
    • I wanted to include him in this list because of his pure genius. By this time he had already shown us his talent in psychedelic folk and glam rock, Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and the Berlin Trilogy.
    • Although Ashes to Ashes reached number 1 in the UK chart it only got to position 101 in the Billboard Chart.
    • Bowie described the song as “wrapping the 1970’s for him”.
    • Costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made – I recommend watching it if you haven’t already.
  2. ABC – ‘The Look of Love’ – 1982
    • Taken from their debut album The Lexicon of Love it reached number 4 in the U.K. chart.
    • Their future albums weren’t as commercially successful as The Lexicon of Love.
    • They have a similar sound to The Human League who they supported on tour in 1978.
    • Martin Fry originally joined as the bands synthesizer player but soon took over as the vocalist
    • Fry is the only original member remaining in the band.
    • Their most recent album Traffic was released in 2008 (they since released ‘The Lexicon of Love II’ in 2016).
    • ABC were heavily influenced by Roxy Music.
  3. Spandau Ballet – ‘To Cut a Long Story Short’ – 1980
    • This was the first single by Spandau Ballet and it reached number 5 in the U.K. chart.
    • It was taken from the Journeys to Glory album released in 1981.
    • The song has been described as sounding like early Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
    • The Kemp brothers Gary and Martin have both had successful careers on television and film. They appeared in the 1990 film ‘The Krays’ playing the infamous British gangsters.
    • Originally named ‘The Makers’ they started life as a punk band.
    • Another band influenced by Roxy Music.
  4. Bow Wow Wow – ‘Go Wild In The Country – 1982
    • Bow Wow Wow were created by Malcolm McLaren to promote his business partner Vivienne Westwood’s New Wave fashion.
    • McLaren persuaded guitarist Matthew Ashman, bassist Leigh Gorman and drummer David Barbarossa of Adam and the Ants to leave the band and form a new group called Bow Wow Wow.
    • A 13/14-year-old (depending where you get your information from) Annabella Lwin the singer was discovered while she was working a Saturday job at her local dry cleaners.
    • The group’s music is described as having an “African-derived drum sound”.
  5. Adam and the Ants – ‘Antmusic’ – 1980
    • This was the third single from Adam and the Ants in 1980 taken from the album Kings of the Wild Frontier.
    • The song peaked at number 2 in the British chart being kept from the number 1 spot by the re-release of ‘Imagine’ after John Lennon’s passing.
    • Their debut was on the John Peel show with a session recorded on 23 January 1978.
    • In the early days they often toured with Siouxsie and the Banshees.
  6. Roxy Music – ‘Dance Away’ – 1979
    • Iconic in British music having influenced bands like Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cars, Kate Bush, Adam Ant, The Human League, Japan, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, ABC, Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode, Annie Lennox, Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker.
    • Dance Away appeared on the album Manifesto.
    • The song was originally going to be on Ferry’s 1977 solo album In Your Mind.

I hope you enjoyed the list and remember why not comment below about your New Wave favorites!

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