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The worst New Wave song ever!

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The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby NuWavo80s » Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:43 pm

With all the "Best" lists,
I thought it would interesting
to see what are some of the worst
New Wave songs ever!

My nomination for one of the worst NW songs ever is:

Dog Police - Dog Police 1983

The video is even terrible.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5isUmVx63E
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby Jim2 » Sat Aug 21, 2021 6:20 am

With all the "Best" lists,
I thought it would interesting
to see what are some of the worst
New Wave songs ever!

My nomination for one of the worst NW songs ever is:

Dog Police - Dog Police 1983

The video is even terrible.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5isUmVx63E


In my honest opinion, this isn't New Wave, this a novelty song, but yes, it is not good.

My nomination?

There are too many Howard Jones songs to choose from...
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby oldwaver2 » Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:19 am

Jim2, is one those serious New Wavers.
A lot of New Wave songs are Novelty.
"Honest Opinion" bahaha!
Isn't that the epitome of an oxymoron right there!

My vote goes to Killer Pussy "Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage"
or anything by Nina Hagen. (Oh wait she's Novelty)
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby telekon3 » Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:43 am

My vote for worst New Wave song goes to
I'll Tumble 4 Ya by Culture Club.
Some Culture Club & Wham!
didn't stand the test of time,
but I have a soft spot for them.
I do roll up the windows to my car,
when I'm stopped at an intersection playing Wham! or Culture Club.
They are kind of like The Bee Gees of the 80s.
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby Bullion » Tue Mar 01, 2022 4:54 pm

At the time I used to loathe Hazel O'Connor's The Eighth Day'. Seemed to be so obviously ripping off Lene Lovich and Siouxsie . Now I admit to quite liking the song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72XEvNM_b0I

I rate Siouxsie and The Banshees' very highly, bought a lot of their music and saw them a live a number of times between 1980-1987 , but their version of 'The Passenger' just seemed silly both then and now.
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby plagiarism » Fri May 13, 2022 1:06 pm

"Kiss Me" - Stephen Duffy

I've always thought the music was weak, and the lyrics are even weaker. "Kiss me with your mouth". What else could you kiss with?
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby ExRat » Sat May 28, 2022 10:42 am

telekon3 wrote:My vote for worst New Wave song goes to
I'll Tumble 4 Ya by Culture Club.
Some Culture Club & Wham!
didn't stand the test of time,
but I have a soft spot for them.
I do roll up the windows to my car,
when I'm stopped at an intersection playing Wham! or Culture Club.
They are kind of like The Bee Gees of the 80s.


Wham! were not new wave. The only thing "new wave" about Wham! were their timing.

There's a multitude of new wave songs and bands that I detest. Off the top of my head, a few personal hates are "Tempted" by Squeeze and "True" by Spandau Ballet. Not even sure how "True" counts as a new wave song, to be honest. It's the most grating adult contemporary, limp, mainstream pop song imaginable. I like most of Squeeze's output, but "Tempted" just bugs me to no end.
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby Last Film Star » Sat Jul 02, 2022 6:12 am

plagiarism wrote:"Kiss Me" - Stephen Duffy

I've always thought the music was weak, and the lyrics are even weaker. "Kiss me with your mouth". What else could you kiss with?


The original Tin Tin version is better but it still had the same lyrics. I don't mind it.

No way I would count Squeeze's Tempted as a new wave song. It's R 'n' B. Same with Black Coffee In Bed.

Worst new wave song? I don't know. Maybe some of the later Adam Ant stuff like Puss N' Boots and Apollo 9 I never really cared for.
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Re: The worst New Wave song ever!

Postby xymox970 » Sat Jul 02, 2022 5:28 pm

Last Film Star wrote:
plagiarism wrote:
Worst new wave song? I don't know. Maybe some of the later Adam Ant stuff like Puss N' Boots and Apollo 9 I never really cared for.


Apollo 9 just might be the very close to his finest single ever. IMHO.
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