Monday, 2 December 2019

New Wave Playlist


  

As quickly as it had sparked to life, the anger of punk quickly subsided and as much the sound of 1976-83 was the "new wave" - short, snappy, melodic songs, to the point pop with a bit of a punky edge at times which was still making itself known. It was the "polite side of punk" and was accessible for many who found the punk scene too intimidating. Girls preferred new wave and it was ok to dress up a bit to watch some of these acts. Lyrics were important, as was attitude, but there was far less nihilism than there had been with punk. No gobbing either.

The proof of the talent that sprung out of this sub-genre is that many of these artists went on to have long careers and, of course, some are still recording and performing today.

1. X Offender - Blondie
2. The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes - Elvis Costello
3. 2-4-6-8 Motorway - The Tom Robinson Band
4. Love Goes To Building On Fire - Talking Heads
5. I Think We're Alone Now - The Rubinoos
6. Sweet Gene Vincent - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
7. Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson
8. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - The Jam
9. Rat Trap - The Boomtown Rats
10. Denis - Blondie
11. Stop Your Sobbing - The Pretenders
12. Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn't Have - The Buzzcocks
13. Really Free - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
14. What A Waste - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
15. Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
16. Spanish Stroll - Mink De Ville
17. I Got Your Number Written On The Back Of My Hand - The Jags

   

18. So Lonely - The Police 
19. Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
20. Take Me I'm Yours - Squeeze
21. No More Heroes - The Stranglers
22. Don't Come Close - The Ramones
23. The Prisoner - The Clash
24. Strange Town - The Jam
25. Diamond Smiles - The Boomtown Rats
26. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
27. Gotta Getaway - Stiff Little Fingers
28. No Holding Back - Graham Parker & The Rumour
29. Turning Japanese - The Vapors
30. Because The Night - The Patti Smith Group
31. Dancing With Myself - Generation X
32. Duchess - The Stranglers
33. Antmusic - Adam & The Ants
34. Dancing The Night Away - The Motors
35. My Perfect Cousin - The Undertones
36. Maybe Tomorrow - The Chords
37. My Sharona - The Knack
38. Up The Junction - Squeeze
39. It's Different For Girls - Joe Jackson

   

40. Being Boiled - The Human League
41. Speak Like A Child - The Style Council
42. Back On The Chain Gang - The Pretenders
43. I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass - Nick Lowe
44. Will You - Hazel O'Connor
45. Please Please Me - The Flamin' Groovies
46. Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs
47. Time For Action - Secret Affair
48. Billy Graham's Going To Heaven - The Larks UK
49. No Russians In Russia - The Radio Stars
50. Sleeping Partners - Doll By Doll
51. Making Plans For Nigel - XTC
52. Fields Of Fire - Big Country
53. The Prince - Madness
54. Are "Friends" Electric - Tubeway Army
55. My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars
56. Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
57. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
58. Dear Prudence - Siouxsie & The Banshees