I haven't seen too many posts on here regarding the '80s new wave/new romantic music scene. A lot of folks (including myself) have original vinyl copies of these artists, then bought the CD when they came out and are now buying the re-releases on 180g vinyl. What are some of your favorites?
My favs are: 1. Pet Shop Boys - (Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour and Very)--CD and vinyl 2. New Order - Low Life, is this on vinyl? Technique is great on vinyl 3. Depeche Mode - Violator 4. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead 5. Propaganda - Secret Wish (Vinyl and CD)
Duran Duran's first few were pretty great. I agree with all listed except that DM's pre-Violator stuff so much better. I know Violator got them new fans but Black Celebration, Music For The Masses, 101 Live...all way better IMO
Yep, got that one (haven’t listened to it in an age though so you reminded me to dig it out) -- plus all the New Order singles, a full run of Stone Roses and Ride, every 12" Madonna ever put out (through 2005 or so) etc -- guess you can tell how old I am!
@folkfreak Yep, I have the NO 12" singles and a few Madonna 12" singles from the 80s. I was also into OMD, Blancmange and Trevor Horn's ZTT project back then: -FGTH -Propaganda -Grace Jones -Art of Noise
I used to despise all those bands. Gave my little sister no end of grief over those Duran Duran girly boys. (At the time I was into Led Zep, The Who, Rush, U2, REM, Sabbath and various other heavy metal stuff.)
But now I like some stuff by Squeeze, The Cure and Depeche Mode.
Also I saw a recent Duran Duran concert on TV and they put on quite a show. They were very precise, very tight and very energetic. Still not a DD fan but props to them for not just phoning it in the way a lot of older bands do there days.
Does A-Ha count as new wave? I liked them at the time.
ABC Spandau Ballet Thompson Twins Spoons Men without Hats Men at Work China Crisis Bugles Thomas Dolby After the Fire Tears for Fears Pete Shelley Billy Idol Visage Flock of Seagulls Boy George Soft Cell Yaz Devo Rational Youth Howard Jones Wang Chung Eurythmics
just to name a few that have been missed, I have all the albums on Japanese vinyl and 90% of the 12 inch singles...
I thought DM Construction Time Again, Duran Duran Rio, Tears for Fears The Hurting and Human League Dare were the great albums of the period that you could listen to from end to end both sides...
The Two-tone ska revival hit North America in the early 80’s...it was a fun period for music and rock n roll struggled a bit with Queen, Rush, VH and Tom Petty resorting to synths in order to get radio play...a difficult time for guitarists (learning keyboards) and drummers (learning drum program machines). Amazingly Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel morphed into synth-pop dance crooners a la Human League style and became even more successful than prog rock band they left.
Who started it all - David Bowie I think with Ashes to Ashes....
One of my fave Cars song is 'Touch and go'. Visage 'Fade to grey' is one of the finest early new romantic songs from 1980. Midge Ure wrote it then went on to Ultravox. Vienna is one of their best songs. Architecture & Morality by OMD is a classic album, too.
@shadorne Great list!! The bass line in China Crisis' Fire and Steel is so good! How could I forget Yaz?! Upstairs at Erics is one of my fav albums. I have more 12" singles than albums but I'm getting a lot of reissues on vinyl.
Propaganda "A Secret Wish," the 12" remixes, and live. Depeche Mode Psych Furs Love and Rockets Sisters of Mercy The Mission UK Siouxsie & the Banshees Peter Murphy/ Bauhaus OMD Dead Can Dance The Cure Cocteau Twins The Chameleons New Order
It seems that a number of punkers changed their colors. When Billy Idol was with Generation X he used to spew vitriol over Led Zep as a commercial sell out. I guess he finally figured out how wallets get lined.
Don't forget: The The - Soul Mining Blancmange - Happy Families Japan - Gentleman Take Polaroids, Tin Drum Modern English - After The Snow Gang of Four - Entertainment The Teardrop Explodes - Kilamangarro Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures, Closer
First off: I'm really impressed that both of my favorite Canadian bands (Martha & Muffins and The Spoons) were mentioned. Also, big props for the multiple mentions of Propaganda.
Secondly: It's hard to believe that no one has mentioned the following well known acts: Concrete Blonde, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, The Jam, Midnight Oil, Pretenders, REM, The Replacements, Smithereens and X.
But, here's some lesser known acts worth mentioning:
Bongos Lloyd Cole & The Commotions The Church Dada Divinyls Everything But The Girl Fetchin' Bones Gene Gene Loves Jezebel Go Betweens Grapes of Wrath PJ Harvey Robyn Hitchcock Hoodoo Gurus House of Love Housemartins Hunters & Collectors Icehouse Robin Lane & The Chartbusters Ocean Blue Pixies Prefab Sprout Pylon Railway Children Romeo Void Sidewinders Talk Talk Throwing Muses Translator Vigil
Lastly, for you China Crisis fans, you should seek out their live "Acoustically Yours" CD that was released in 2014.
@mitchagain Great list!! I love M & M---Echo Beach and Black Stations/White Stations. I've got CDs or vinyl of just about every artist you listed. Honorable mentions: REM (early) Prefab Sprout Icehouse Romeo Void Ocean Blue The Beloved Erasure Pete Shelley Art of Noise The Pretenders Camouflage
Got me thinking of others to mention: Kissing The Pink - Naked B-Movie - Remembrance Day Lene Lovich Phil Manzanara - K Scope, Listen Now, 801Live Brian Eno- Before And After Science Bill Nelson - Quit Dreaming and Get On the Beam, The Love That Whirls U.K. (New Wave or prog rock?) A compilation cd set called Hardest Hits Modern Rock of the 80's has a very good set of songs. Also a box set called Left Of The Dial is very good.
@yyzsantabarbara I had the first 3 Pursuit of Happiness records, and I thought their debut ("Love Junk") was by far their best effort. My favorite cuts from that were: "She's So Young," "Tree of Knowledge" and "Ten Fingers."
@jplunkettj Your two compilation recommendations look good. I recommend the "POPTOPIA: Power Pop Classics of the 70's - 80's & 90's (3 single discs put out by Rhino Records). Excellent songs, booklet and packaging on all three.