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Why does it seem late 80s new wave is so frowned upon?

New Wave/Punk music, culture, genres, memories. '80s revivalism and other relevant topics.

Re: Why does it seem late 80s new wave is so frowned upon?

Postby WeLiveSoFastx83 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:11 pm

If new wave "died" in 84-85, that would mean:

Celebrate the Nun – Meanwhile (1989)
Kraftwerk – Electric Café (1986)
Boys Don't Cry – Boys Don't Cry (1986)
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986)
Secession – A Dark Enchantment (1987)
Pete Shelley – Heaven and the Sea (1986)
Camouflage – Voices & Images (1988)
Red Flag – Naive Art (1989)
Book of Love – Book of Love (1986)
Book of Love – Lullaby (1988)
China Crisis – What Price Paradise (1986)
Men Without Hats – Pop Goes the World (1987)
Erasure – Wonderland (1986)
Dead or Alive – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (1986)
Information Society – Information Society (1988)
Images in Vogue – The Spell (1988)
Boytronic – Love for Sale (1988)
Until December – Until December (1986)

are not new wave. While I agree new wave was at its height and very best during the late seventies until about 1985, the genre didn't outright "die". Perhaps it evolved, just like every other genre.
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Re: Why does it seem late 80s new wave is so frowned upon?

Postby Passing_Stranger » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:20 pm

Yes, these are not "new wave" - or only the genre's dull, lifeless retreads and last gasps. It just simply run out of steam. And if the performers associated with it kept releasing albums, it doesn't mean that music they played was "new wave".
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Re: Why does it seem late 80s new wave is so frowned upon?

Postby blaaah » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:40 pm

Interesting question because the term 'new wave' means and meant nothing to me as an english teenager. Depeche Mode were indie, The Cure were goth, OMD and Blancmange synthpop, interesting that an earlier post mentioned Propaganda, they were just 'ZTT'. Is it a US (or other) specific phrase because it seems to be used as a catchall for most english early 80s bands? The only band i ever heard the tag applied to were The Cars and probably because they didnt fit the other tags in england!
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