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Eighties New Wave

Various New Wave artists and music from the eighties.


12 artists

  1. The Icicle Works

    By MrEighties

    The Icicle Works are an English alternative rock band and were named after the 1960 short story "The Day the Icicle Works Closed" by science fiction author Frederik Pohl. They had a top 20 UK hit with "Love Is a Wonderful Colour" (1983). In the US and Canada, they had only one top 40 hit, the 1984 single "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)". Led by singer-songwriter Ian McNabb, the band released five albums from 1984 to 1990 before breaking up in 1991. McNabb later convened a revised line-up o

    Genres: Dance Rock, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop and Synthpop

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  2. The Vapors

    By MrEighties

    The Vapors are an English new wave and power pop band that initially existed between 1978 and 1981. They had a hit with the song "Turning Japanese", which reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1980 and No. 36 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Based in Guildford, Surrey, an early version of the band was playing the Three Lions pub in Farncombe when The Jam's bassist Bruce Foxton spotted them.[The band's line-up stabilised with David Fenton (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Howard Smith (drums), Ed

    Genres: Dance Rock, Mod Revival, New Wave, New Wave Pop and Pub Rock

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  3. Steve Miller Band

    By MrEighties

    Steve Miller's career has encompassed two distinct stages: one of the top San Francisco blues-rockers during the late '60s, and one of the top-selling pop/rock acts of the mid- to late '70s. His first recordings established his early style as a blues-rocker influenced but not overpowered by psychedelia. Then, in 1973, Miller's reinvention as a blues-influenced pop/rocker who wrote compact, melodic, catchy songs, led to platinum success for The Joker and a number one hit for its title track. Thre

    Genres: Album Rock, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Heartland Rock, Mellow Gold, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Roots Rock and Soft Rock

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  4. 'Til Tuesday

    By MrEighties

    Remembered for their lone hit single "Voices Carry," 'Til Tuesday gradually evolved from a new wave pop band into a vehicle for the songwriting of Aimee Mann. Emerging at the tail end of new wave, 'Til Tuesday's commercial fortunes were helped dramatically by a stylish video for "Voices Carry," which quickly became an MTV favorite. However, the group wasn't able to follow the single with another hit; furthermore, their albums weren't just ignored by the public, they received little media attenti

    Genres: Boston Rock, Dance Rock, New Romantic, New Wave and New Wave Pop

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  5. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

    By MrEighties

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are one of the earliest, most commercially successful, and enduring synth pop groups. Inspired most by the advancements of Kraftwerk and striving at one point "to be ABBA and Stockhausen," they've continually drawn from early electronic music as they've alternately disregarded, mutated, or embraced the conventions of the three-minute pop song. Outside their native England, OMD are known primarily for "Maid of Orleans" and the Pretty in Pink soundtrack smash "If

    Genres: Dance Rock, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop, Permanent Wave and Synthpop

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  6. Talking Heads

    By MrEighties

    At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits. While some of their music can seem to

    Genres: Art Punk, Art Rock, Dance Rock, Funk Rock, New Wave, Permanent Wave, Post-punk, Rock and Zolo

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  7. Animotion

    By MrEighties

    Riding the wave of MTV-friendly synth pop of the mid-'80s, Animotion took the coldly catchy "Obsession" to the Top Ten in the beginning of 1985. After that, success was elusive -- the follow-up, "Let Him Go," cracked the Top 40 just four months later. In 1988, over half of the band left the lineup, including leaders Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane; actress Cynthia Rhodes and former Device member Paul Engemann became the lead vocalists. The new lineup scored a Top Ten hit with "Room to Move," a son

    Genres: Dance Rock, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop and Synthpop

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  8. The Cure

    By Konstandina

    Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of t

    Genres: Dance Rock, New Romantic, New Wave, Permanent Wave and Rock

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  9. Talk Talk

    By MrEighties

    With the exception of a handful of common threads -- chief among them the plaintive vocals and haunting lyrics of frontman Mark Hollis -- there is little to suggest that the five studio LPs that make up the Talk Talk oeuvre are indeed the work of the same band. After beginning their career with records virtually epitomizing the new wave era that spawned them, the British group never looked back, making significant strides with each successive album on its way to discovering a wholly unique and u

    Genres: Art Rock, Dance Rock, Melancholia, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop, Rock, Sophisti-pop and Synthpop

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  10. Depeche Mode

    By MrEighties

    Pioneering English band Depeche Mode took the underground electronic club sounds of the early '80s and expanded them to stadium-sized levels within a decade, becoming one of the best-selling international groups in the process. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they debuted with a bouncy electro-pop spirit which gradually developed into a darker, more dramatic synth-rock style that ultimately positioned them as one of the most

    Genres: Dance Rock, New Romantic, New Wave, Permanent Wave and Synthpop

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  11. Modern Talking

    By MrEighties

    German dance-pop duo Modern Talking were formed in Berlin in early 1983 by Dieter Bohlen, then a composer and producer employed by the Intersong label. Teaming with vocalist Thomas Anders, they soon began work on their first single, 1984's "You're My Heart, You're My Soul." Modern Talking's debut LP, succinctly titled The 1st Album, followed a year later on the heels of their second single, "You Can Win If You Want." The duo's sophomore effort, Let's Talk About Love, appeared in late 1985, launc

    Genres: Eurodance, Europop, German Pop and Synthpop

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  12. Alphaville

    By MrEighties

    German synth pop group Alphaville enjoyed major success in the United States with their early hits "Forever Young" and "Big in Japan," and went on to a lasting career in Europe, South America, and Asia. Alphaville were formed by vocalist and lyricist Marian Gold and keyboard player Bernhard Lloyd, both of whom were members of the Nelson Community, a multimedia art collective based in Berlin. Gold and Lloyd were part of a short-lived band called Chinchilla Green (other members went on to form the

    Genres: Dance Rock, Europop, New Romantic, New Wave, New Wave Pop and Synthpop

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