New Wave

New Wave rose out of the more musically ambitious element of Punk Rock music. It kept Punk's conciseness, lack of pretension and cynicism and removed Punk's supposed rejection of the past to create a style of modern pop-rock heavily influenced by the great bands of the early and mid-60's as well as art rockers like Bowie and Peter Gabriel. There's also a strong edge of paranoia running through New Wave (Split Enz "I Got You", XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel", Elvis Costelloes 2nd and 3rd albums). This is an amazing list of great songs featuring incredible playing, melodies and lyrics.

Published on by Chuck O'Rourke.