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    Overlooked New Wave bands

    From the late 70s and for almost a decade there was a veritable explosion of New Wave bands, some fantastic and some bloody awful.
    However, some of the bloody awful ones became household names and plagued the airwaves for years, while some of the best ones were forgotten. So this thread is a tribute to all those great, forgotten, overlooked New Wave bands. Many of them only had 1 or 2 albums and 1 or 2 singles in the charts. HOWEVER, I'm not talking about making a list of one hit wonders here, like Aneka and her awful Japanese Boy. I'm talking about proper jobbing bands.


    Here are a few that I like, that many people seem to have forgotten about:

    Durutti Column
    Black
    Fad Gadget
    The Comsat Angels
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    The Sound
    The Mobiles
    Visage
    Landscape
    Icehouse
    Martha and the Muffins
    Cabaret Voltaire
    The Tourists
    Department S
    Arcadia
    Stump
    Lords of the New Church
    Flesh For Lulu

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    I really, really like a lot of the bands you mentioned. Not sure if they're that forgotten, even though e.g. the first three Comsat Angels' CDs are currently out of print (*). Icehouse still gets some airplay now and then in Germany ("Street Cafe", "Hey Little Girl").


    (*) EDIT: One amazon seller is actually asking EUR 720,53 (!) for a new copy of Sleep No More!

    You might enjoy Random Hold, feat. David Rhodes on guitar:



    Or The Chameleons:

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    The Chameleons were great.

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    I'll take "The Charlatans U.K. for the win. Love that band!

    Then there was Gene loves Jezebel....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    Then there was Gene loves Jezebel....
    You did read my list I hope!

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    Oops... I did, but my tendency to speedread screwed me once again.
    Still alive and well...

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    Shriekback - if you consider them new wave. They've (finally) been releasing a series of remasters, and have a new album due very soon. One of my fave 80s bands.

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    Section 25
    Crispy Ambulance

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    Now there's a couple of names I haven't seen in decades!!! Shriekback and Crispy Ambulance. Never heard of Section 25 though.

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    Shriekback is an awesome cult classic band... Great melon twister for progheads.
    Still alive and well...

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    Rather than Section 25 (who I did like some) I MEANT to list A Certain Ratio:


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    Fashion's Fabrique is a great album, produced by Zeus B Held

    A Flock Of Seagulls had some amazing B-sides, produced by Mike Howlett, Bill Nelson & Conny Plank.
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    Strange Advance
    Red 7
    Disturbed Furniture
    Soviet Sex
    Wall of Voodoo

    Not all of these are New wave per se but they are '80's bands that are a bit in the shadows that I still revisit.

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    I don't know that The Producers ever really qualified as New Wave apart from just happening to come out at the right time. But since they did, and they were an amazingly awesome power pop band... them.

    Obviously this is the early 80s Atlanta band, not the one Trevor Horn has put together now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Rather than Section 25 (who I did like some) I MEANT to list A Certain Ratio:

    Great!
    "Dem Glücklichen legt auch der Hahn ein Ei."

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    Flesh for Lulu. The Chameleons were so good.
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    I forgot about Random Hold. I have one of their albums (The View From Here), but that song is not on it.

    Someone else already mentioned Strange Advance, who were like the CanCon version of Ultravox. Definitely check out their Worlds Away album if you haven’t, it’s a real gem of 80s synth.

    It always falls on me, though, to mention Dane Conover’s Trees. His Sleep Convention album is just one great synth-pop tune after another, and is very much worth searching out (I never saw another copy after I found mine in a dollar bin):





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    Charlatans UK was my first thought but how about Inspiral Carpets.

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    You're not from here, PeterG, are you?

    Icehouse had a large number of hits in their home country, and are most certainly not forgotten.

    I never thought of them as "New Wave", but I really can't argue since I consider that a ridiculously vague term anyway. I'd call them a band with punk roots that evolved into synth-pop - though that description really gives no indication how good some of the music was.

    "Great Southern Land" regularly gets voted as best Oz rock anthem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_32_116 View Post
    "Great Southern Land" regularly gets voted as best Oz rock anthem.
    Love that tune to death.

    Here are the Suburban Lawns, playing "Janitor":

    "Dem Glücklichen legt auch der Hahn ein Ei."

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    Missing Persons

    Love that someone mentioned Red 7 by the way....

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    Industry, whose forgotten hit "State of the Nation" is unbelievably catchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Here are a few that I like, that many people seem to have forgotten about:

    Durutti Column
    Black
    Fad Gadget
    The Comsat Angels
    Gene Loves Jezebel
    The Sound
    The Mobiles
    Visage
    Landscape
    Icehouse
    Martha and the Muffins
    Cabaret Voltaire
    The Tourists
    Department S
    Arcadia
    Stump
    Lords of the New Church
    Flesh For Lulu

    Even though they were on the Factory Records label, and even though they were originally a punk band before they recorded their first record, I have problems classifying Durutti Column as "new wave" along the lines of the rest of the list above.

    They (i.e. -- Vini Reilly) are definitely art rock, or better yet, a new wave of art rock.




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    These days almost all of them are over looked.

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    Fad Gadget and Cabaret Voltaire are far from forgotten. They are considered classics in their genre.

    Few more:
    Deep Freeze Mice
    Flue
    Modern Aeon
    Homosexuals
    End of Data
    Mecano
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