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Subject: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: Donnie Darko on 06/01/06 at 8:34 pm

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Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: bbigd04 on 06/01/06 at 8:35 pm

What is New Wave exactly? I know some of the groups, but what really chartacterizes this type of music?

Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: Donnie Darko on 06/01/06 at 8:39 pm


What is New Wave exactly? I know some of the groups, but what really chartacterizes this type of music?


New Wave is defined by the groups that are "considered" New Wave, more than by any specific characteristic.

That's kind of a copout answer though. 

New Wave began in the mid 1970s at clubs like CBGB's, and originally was synonomymous with Punk Rock.  Generally "New Wave" punk is "quirky" music like Devo, Talking Heads, and The B-52's.

During the late '70s and early '80s, a musical movement in Eugene called New Romantics came into popularity, which is more "stereotypical" keyboard and boys-in-makeup New Wave.  By the early '80s, when MTV aired, quirky punk bands, New Romantic groups, and bands that were somewhere between were often played and they all became lumped in as "New Wave".

Today New Wave is sort of a catch-all term for any late '70s or '80s alternative rock that isn't clearly something else (like grunge or arena rock).

Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: bbigd04 on 06/01/06 at 8:42 pm


New Wave is defined by the groups that are "considered" New Wave, more than by any specific characteristic.

That's kind of a copout answer though. 

New Wave began in the mid 1970s at clubs like CBGB's, and originally was synonomymous with Punk Rock.  Generally "New Wave" punk is "quirky" music like Devo, Talking Heads, and The B-52's.

During the late '70s and early '80s, a musical movement in Eugene called New Romantics came into popularity, which is more "stereotypical" keyboard and boys-in-makeup New Wave.  By the early '80s, when MTV aired, quirky punk bands, New Romantic groups, and bands that were somewhere between were often played and they all became lumped in as "New Wave".

Today New Wave is sort of a catch-all term for any late '70s or '80s alternative rock that isn't clearly something else (like grunge or arena rock).


Thanks now I kind of get it.

Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: nicki_morrissey on 06/02/06 at 4:07 pm

What's your favourite new wave band?

Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: Donnie Darko on 06/02/06 at 4:15 pm


What's your favourite new wave band?


That's a hard one. Lately I've been leaning toward Talking Heads.

Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: Dominic L. on 06/02/06 at 5:51 pm


That's a hard one. Lately I've been leaning toward Talking Heads.



They're also kind of art rock

Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: Donnie Darko on 06/02/06 at 5:52 pm



They're also kind of art rock


And punk rock.

Subject: Re: Ask Me Anything About New Wave

Written By: velvetoneo on 06/02/06 at 7:15 pm

I think of them as sort of art-punk that turned into new wave. But new wave is such a catch-all, comprehensive term for the half of the post-punk movement that wasn't hardcore punk.

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