The following albums were collectively chosen by Paste music writers and editors. New Wave music meant a lot of things in the late s. It encompassed pretty much everything that followed the punk movement that still served as an alternative to mainstream pop and rock. There was power-pop, neo-psychedelia, acid-punk, art rock and lots and lots of keyboards. In many ways, New Wave gave hope to independent bands playing in burgeoning local scenes. And out of all his soundtracks, Pretty in Pink is perhaps the John Hughes-iest, full of New Wave classics worthy of its record store-clerk heroine. The movie even takes its name from the Psychedelic Furs track it opens with. While many of their 2-Tone Records contemporaries like The Specials and Madness took pains to cover classic ska sides to establish their bona fides, The English Beat took a different tack, embracing easy listening schmaltz with the same fervor as the reggae artists that inspired them.
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DJ Funktual is a youtube artist and big fan of popular culture and music. He's been an online writer for several years. New wave is a genre of rock music with ties to s punk rock that became popular in the late s and the early s. Its greatest classics were released in the '80s, but the genre has existed for nearly 40 years. Until it became a truly distinct genre, new wave music was similar to punk rock.
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It was and I was in the midst of a good-natured tussle with Sting. It was backstage at the Paradise club in Boston after a scorching Police set. I got up a bit on my high horse, declaring the Police were not a punk band. Not just an angry blur or blitz, but bands considering topics rarely explored in pop music and bands that turned the beat around. New wave bands might have crawled out of pub-rock or twisted out of power pop, edged in from the synth-pop field or rock-reggae terrain. And to gin that up, the military was looking for new fresh troops. The Stranglers were there to provide a caustic counterargument to the joy of warfare by sending up its advertised glory. Yes, you, young man could have that costly piece of machinery at your disposal.
Background: 'New Wave' evolved from 'Punk' in the late '70s being less anti-social and more radio and MTV friendly, hitting it's high in '83 and faded around ' Note- These songs are not necessarily the artists all-time greatest, but their best of the 'New Wave' sound. Criteria: These songs were chosen for their musical quality, originality, and popularity in the "New Wave" era of approx. Edited By: Lew. Last Updated: You Might Think - The Cars Take On Me - a-ha Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran