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Tag: New Wave

Song Of The Day: The Human League, “You Remind Me Of Gold”

Taken from the forthcoming UMe release, The Human League: A Very British Synthesizer Group.

Les Panties: Cold Science (Les Disques Du Crépuscule)

Yours truly got fooled by a singles compilation from a contemporary Belgian post-punk band; so thorough is their appreciation of the sounds of the 1980s that they could pass as authentic.

Peter Schilling: Error In The System (Hot Shot Records)

German musician Peter Schilling will forever be known for his Bowie-referencing hit “Major Tom (Coming Home),” and this expanded reissue of his debut album shows that he was willing to do what it took to break into the English-speaking market.

Severed Heads: Stretcher (Medical Records)

This reissue compiles the tracks taken from the original variants of 1985’s internationally-minded compilation, presenting a satisfying picture of Severed Heads’ early years.

Singles Staying Single: The HoZac Archival Singles (HoZac Archival)

If you’re a fan of late 70s underground rock, HoZac Archival has got the goods: four interesting archive singles from four diverse artists. Check it out!

3AM Eternal: The Motels “Suddenly Last Summer” (1983)

A sad song about remembrance that is a radio staple for a very good reason.

Eyeless In Gaza: Original Albums Collection (Cherry Red)

Cherry Red’s latest in their Original Albums Collection compiles the early work of their flagship band, the unique, unclassifiable Eyeless In Gaza.

3AM Eternal: The Go-Go’s “Turn To You” (1984)

  The upbeat “Turn To You,” the second single taken from The Go-Go’s  sophomore album, Talk Show, was bittersweet; it was a more mature, grown-up, sophisticated style, yet, sadly, it would prove to be the band’s last successful Top 40 hit, peaking at 32. Though the band would split up not long after the album’s release,… Read More ›

Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s (Abrams)

  I am a sucker for a good oral history text, and when I learned of Mad World, an oral history of New Wave, I eagerly acquired it. Though not the comprehensive history of the genre as I had initially hoped, what it offered was equally as welcome and as entertaining as I had hoped…. Read More ›

Swimming Pool Q’s: Working At The Nut Factory

Some bands are always going to reside on the peripheral of the greater scene. People know the big names–The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Nirvana–but not as many know Gerry and the Pacemakers, Buzzcocks, or Mudhoney–all bands of quality, but ones that have a smaller and just as great a following. Such is the case with Swimming… Read More ›