Category: New Wave

Depeche Mode ‎– Speak And Spell

Depeche Mode ‎– Speak And Spell       Ned Raggett: ‘Though probably nobody fully appreciated it at the time — perhaps least of all the band! — Depeche Mode’s debut is at once both a conservative, functional pop record and a groundbreaking release. While various synth pioneers had come before — Gary Numan, early […]

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The Wake – Here Comes Everybody

The Wake – Here Comes Everybody       Stewart Mason: ‘The Wake’s second album is so much better than their first, 1982’s Harmony, that the earlier album may safely be forgotten, or at least thought of as a painful growing lesson. Here Comes Everybody, which, like the Glasgow quartet’s name, is derived from James […]

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Madness – Madness Presents the Rise & Fall

Madness – Madness Presents the Rise & Fall Stephen Thomas Erlewine : ‘There’s a certain grandness to the title of Madness Presents the Rise & Fall, the group’s fourth album and undeniable pop masterpiece: it’s clear that the band has ambitions, to go several steps beyond ska, to craft nothing less than a Village Green […]

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The Chameleons – Script Of The Bridge

The Chameleons – Script Of The Bridge     Ned Raggett: ‘With two years, numerous radio sessions, and incessant gigging under their belts since their debut single, “In Shreds,” the Chameleons came to the studio determined to make a great first album with Script of the Bridge. To say they succeeded would be like saying […]

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The B-52 – B-52

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Even in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late ’70s, the B-52’s’ eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar or stylish, the Athens quintet celebrated all the silliest aspects of pre-Beatles pop […]

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The Cure – Seventeen Seconds

The Cure – Seventeen Seconds       Chris True: ‘It’s hard to believe that the Cure could release an album even more sparse than Three Imaginary Boys, but here’s the proof. The lineup change that saw funkstery bassist Michael Dempsey squeezed out in favor of the more specific playing of (eventually the longest serving […]

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Buggles – The Age of Plastic

Buggles – The Age of Plastic AMG review: The fun, quirky single “Video Killed the Radio Star” garnered The Buggles international attention in 1980, but it was just one of The Age of Plastic’s fascinating, futuristic visions. From the title track’s opening strains, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes transform your living room into a world […]

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Indochine – L’aventurier

Indochine – L’aventurier L’Aventurier est le premier album studio d’Indochine, sorti en 1982. Avec sa pochette constituée de vignettes d’inspiration BD, il est surtout connu pour la chanson éponyme, premier grand succès du groupe et référence à l’univers de Bob Morane. L’album comprend une reprise de L’Opportuniste, titre interprété quatorze ans plus tôt par Jacques […]

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Big Country – The Crossing

Big Country – The Crossing  AMG Review: With producer Steve Lillywhite at the helm, Scotland’s Big Country managed to deliver earnest, socially conscious arena anthems in a similar vein to U2 and the Alarm. The twist was their trademark bagpipe sound, achieved through the use of E-Bow. The unique sound of “In a Big Country” garnered […]

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The Cure – The Head on the Door

The Cure – The Head on the Door       Tim Sendra: ” After recording one of their darkest albums, 1984’s The Top, the Cure regrouped and shuffled their lineup, which changed their musical direction rather radically. While the band always had a pop element in their sound and even recorded one of the […]

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Blondie – Parallel Lines

Blondie – Parallel Lines Blondie – Parallel Lines is the third studio album by American new wave band Blondie, released in 1978 by Chrysalis Records. Their most popular and best-selling effort, Parallel Lines was also the first Blondie album to be produced by Mike Chapman. The album reached number one in the United Kingdom in […]

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Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain Wikipedia:  Ocean Rain is the fourth studio album by the British post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on 8 May 1984 and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart, number 87 on the United States Billboard 200, number 41 on the Canadian RPM 100 […]

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Duran Duran – Greatest

Duran Duran – Greatest AMG review: Twenty years since their pop music debut, Duran Duran issued another greatest-hits collection. As if 1989’s Decade weren’t stellar enough, this select package was much more solid. Greatest showcased the band’s early days of glam rock décor and new romanticism to the alluring sophistication Duran Duran exuded throughout the ’90s. […]

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Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) is the fifth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. The album was released in 1982 and was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe. It made #3 in […]

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Alphaville – Forever Young

Alphaville – Forever Young Alphaville is a German synthpop group which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold (real name “Hartwig Schierbaum”, born 26 May 1954 in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia), Bernhard Lloyd (real name “Bernhard Gößling”, born 6 June 1960 in Enger, North Rhine-Westphalia), and Frank Mertens (real name […]

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Ultravox – Vienna

Ultravox – Vienna Ultravox – Vienna is the fourth studio album by British new wave band Ultravox, first released on 11 July 1980. The album peaked at #3 in the UK charts and was the first Ultravox release to enter the UK top ten. It was certified Platinum in the United Kingdom in July 1981 […]

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A-ha – Hunting High And Low

A-ha – Hunting High And Low Hunting High and Low is the debut album by Norwegian new wave band A-ha . Released on 1 June 1985 through Warner Bros. Records, the album was a huge commercial success selling more than 10 million units worldwide, peaking at #15 in the United States Billboard 200 and reaching high […]

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Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights       Andy Kellman: ‘ One might go into a review like this one wondering how many words will pass before Joy Division is brought up. In this case, the answer is 16. Many are too quick to classify Interpol as mimics and lose out on discovering […]

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The Stranglers – Feline

The Stranglers – Feline Wikipedia: The Stranglers – Feline was the seventh studio album by The Stranglers and was released in the new year of 1983 (on the Epic record label in the United Kingdom). The first edition came with a free one-sided 7″ single “Aural Sculpture Manifesto”. Feline drew heavily on two of the dominant musical […]

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Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is the debut album by English synthpop duo Soft Cell. The album’s critical and commercial success was bolstered by the worldwide success of its single “Tainted Love”, a cover version of a soul song by Gloria Jones, which topped charts worldwide and became the best-selling British […]

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