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New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

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New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Michael Bully » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:56 am

A friend of mine who was brought up in the States and myself - who have lived all my life in Britain- sometimes compare notes concerning bands that seemed to do have had a large following in one country or some countries, but have not caught on in others.

A prime example were The Jam, who were popular as from 1977 in Britain , became more popular year by year , and finished on a creative and commercial peak at the end of 1982. From all I've heard and read so far, they just didn't seem to get far in The States though were certainly making the effort.

Here's 'Going Underground'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE1ct5yEuVY
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby swerve » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:44 pm

It's been mentioned here before that The Fixx were popular in North America yet never had a Top 50 hit in the UK where they are from.
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Passing_Stranger » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:03 pm

Quite a common thing, actually. Lots of bands unappreciated in their homeland that sold well elsewhere. Tangerine Dream, for instance, who were always bigger in the UK and US than in Germany. Classix Nouveaux, overlooked in the UK but having superstar-level popularity in Portugal or Poland. B-Movie, who had great success in Spain. A Flock of Seagulls with their main audience in the USA (the same thing with Wang Chung, already mentioned The Fixx, even Billy Idol had his highest profile in North America and Germany). Depeche Mode, whose profile for most of their carrier has been lower in their homeland than elsewhere (especially Germany). Same with Kim Wilde, who had no UK hit since early 1990s but charted regularly in German-speaking countries well into 2010s. Dead or Alive were bigger in Japan than anywhere else, and for a long time. The list may go on :)
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Michael Bully » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:58 pm

Indeed, turning into quite a list !
I have to admit that I don't remember The Fixx at all.
Flock of Seagulls - I remember the name but couldn't tell you any more than that.
B Movie- I bought 'Remembrance Day' when it came out but couldn't tell you any more about them.
Classix Noveau I remember around 1980 as getting some airplay and doing some gigs.
Depeche Mode - I accept could get more popular outside of Britain but still had a great deal of success here and also had an impressive reputation as a live
band. So not quite what I was thinking of.

One British band could be considered is The Sound, recording and playing live from 1979 - 1987 , had a lot of support within the music press, and other media attention,but just couldn't get successful in Britain, but were very popular in The Netherlands and had some success playing live in other parts of Europe. Their singer Adrian Borland even lived for a while in The Netherlands once the group folded, though returned to London where he died in 1999. I remember them vaguely, but only started listening to them once Youtube emerged, and could here their songs there.
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Qbertqubes » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:25 pm

You must be joking? You are on this site and do not know the fixx or a flock of seagulls. That is most shocking
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby negative1 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:54 pm

Qbertqubes wrote:You must be joking? You are on this site and do not know the fixx or a flock of seagulls. That is most shocking


well i don't know b-movie, or classix noveau, and quite a lot of other bands.

not everyone has heard all the 80's bands or songs out there.

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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Qbertqubes » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:07 pm

If you are on this site, Then you should know the very common new wave 80s artists like fixx etc
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Michael Bully » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:56 am

Qbertqubes wrote:If you are on this site, Then you should know the very common new wave 80s artists like fixx etc


I wouldn't call Fixx very common in Britain ! Lived through that era and listened to plenty of New Wave /Punk/ electronic bands . Honestly don't recall them . But I am going to check them out and get myself educated. :D
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Qbertqubes » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:30 pm

everyone & my grandmother all over the world & in Britain knows "One thing leads to another"...plus Red skies, saved by zero, stand or fall
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Michael Bully » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:52 pm

Qbertqubes wrote:everyone & my grandmother all over the world & in Britain knows "One thing leads to another"...plus Red skies, saved by zero, stand or fall


Still means nothing to me ! But thanks ,will try and locate these tracks and give them a listen .
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby InvisibleMan » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:12 am

Qbertqubes wrote:everyone & my grandmother all over the world & in Britain knows "One thing leads to another"...plus Red skies, saved by zero, stand or fall


according to Wikipedia, the song was only #86 in UK charts, however in Canada and US it was #1 and #2, so I think there was some geographic difference in its popularity at the time of release
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Qbertqubes » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:31 pm

What a big difference in chart position. I am in the USA and they were played on the radio more than the beetles
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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby negative1 » Wed May 09, 2018 9:05 pm

Qbertqubes wrote:What a big difference in chart position. I am in the USA and they were played on the radio more than the beetles


maybe for a few weeks, but lots of bands had a major hit, and then disappeared or didn't have many more hits after that.

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Re: New Wave bands that were only popular in some countries

Postby Qbertqubes » Thu May 10, 2018 6:12 am

For the fixs..it was more like years & years & they have way more than one major hit & never disappeared & are on tour right now
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