The Perfect Soundtrack: New Wave

Well, I mentioned in my last playlist post that I like to listen to music when I’m writing. Whether that’s writing my blog or longer pieces. Recently I’ve been heading off down a New Wave kind of direction. I’d never really listened to any of this stuff before; always writing off the mid-80s as a bit of a bust when it came to music; the time between the demise of 70s punk and before the rise of 80s metal.

Then I did a bit of exploring. New Wave was basically born out of the 70s punk movement, but added electro and synth elements to it, creating some mega dance tunes that everyone could get on the floor to. Like any genre of music it has a wide range to it; from the more “punk” elements (Talking Heads/Siouxsie & The Banshees), to the more “pop” elements (The Go-Gos/Depeche Mode). To be honest I like most of these songs because they’re a damn good bop.

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New Wave had two iterations; US New Wave, which predominately had it’s home in East Coast clubs and bars, and UK New Wave, which was a lot more underground; overshadowed by the more hardcore elements of punk. Either way, this is a sub-genre that I’ve just started exploring, and here are some of my favourites:

  1. Love My Way – The Psychedelic Furs
  2. Cities In The Dust – Siouxsie & The Banshees
  3. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
  4. White Wedding – Billy Idol
  5. Sugar On The Side – Blondie
  6. Enola Gay – Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark
  7. Blue Monday – New Order
  8. Roxanne – The Police
  9. We Got The Beat – The Go-Gos
  10. So Alive – Love and Rockets
  11. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
  12. This Is The Day – The The
  13. Ghost Town – The Specials
  14. 99 Red Balloons – Nena
  15. In The City – The Jam

You can check out a Spotify New Wave playlist, which has got some of these songs on it (and others!) here: Is It New Wave?

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Based on the playlist above do you think there’s any bands I should check out? Have you listened to any New Wave before – which songs are your favourite? Let me know in the comments!


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