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Entries in New Wave (60)

Saturday
Jul052014

Still Life of the Day

We're going to wrap up the morning with Oingo Boingo performing a live version of Violent Love against an unchanging backdrop. This song is also my pick of the day:

 

Saturday
Jul052014

Out There

Before we listen to our next Oingo Boingo tune, let's first have a look at this odd prelude, which features a film written by Danny Elfman's brother,  Richard,  and the musical score composed by Danny...

...and now on to the song itself, titled Forbidden Zone:

 

Saturday
Jul052014

A Day with the Mystic Knights

While they were active, Oingo Boingo was one of my favorite local bands. They became world famous with tunes like Weird Science, but we are going to skip their bigger hits today and listen instead to three of their lesser-known musical numbers,  starting up the morning with this little gem, titled Cinderella Undercover:  

 

Saturday
Jun142014

Lucky Sounds

We are going to wrap up the morning with my pick of the day from Lene Lovich, titled Lucky Number:

 

Saturday
Jun012013

Wrapping It Up

Even when I didn't like The Go Go's, I thought Belinda Carlisle was exquisite. Our last tune of the day from the band is also the pick of the day. The song is titled Head Over Heels:

 

Saturday
Jun012013

Go Go's Live

Our next cut of the morning from The Go Go's is a live version of We Got the Beat:

 

Saturday
Jun012013

Not Another Girl Group

 I disliked this band when they first charted but after the passage of twenty years, they've started to sound pretty good. The group is The Go Go's  and the first song of the morning is Our Lips Are Sealed:

 

Saturday
Feb252012

Waving Goodbye

We're going to wrap up the morning with an old favorite, Missing Persons, performing the tune Destination Unknown.

 

Saturday
Feb252012

Colorful Coats

Our next band, the Psychedelic Furs formed in 1977 during the punk era and embraced a variety of styles before settling into the new wave genre. This song is titled Ghost in You:

 

Saturday
Feb252012

New Wave Weekend

Well, technically Saturday is the last day of the week, so we will have three songs from the new wave era this morning, staring with the Flock of Seagulls performing The More You Live, The More You Love:

 

Saturday
Dec032011

A Bright Finish

We're going to finish up with my pick of the day from a punk band that almost sounds new wave, X-Ray-Spex. The song is titled The Day The World Turned Day Glo:

Sadly, the singer, Poly Styrene, passed away earlier this year.

 

Saturday
Dec032011

Television Reruns

Next up, we have another..well...oldie, this one from The Revillos, who perform the tune, Top of the Pops on the British television show, Top of the Pops:

Actually, all the bands today are supposed to be punkers, but the songs we have sound more like new wave.

 

Saturday
Dec032011

No Longer New Wave

It's kind of hard to believe these songs are considered oldies now, but I've got three of them from the New Wave era, all fronted by female singers.  We'll start out with a song that sounds the most dated of the trio (but still pretty good) from The Mo-dettes, titled White Mice:

The guitar is a little out of tune too but it isn't too noticable until the end. Songs will be posted today at 8 and 10 am and 12 noon.

 

Saturday
Nov052011

Closing the Show

Our final song of the day from The Vapors also comes from their second album, Magnets, but unlike many of the other tunes on the record, this one is not so dark and gloomy. So, to end the morning on a higher note, let's have a listen to Live at the Marquee:

We do have one more song this evening as part of our post-atomic series, although the music is in complete contrast to what we have shown thus far.

 

Saturday
Nov052011

Johnny's in Love Again

Well...that is the title of the song, although the lyrics embrace anything but romantic love. Yet it's one of my favorite tunes from The Vapors, and thus it will be our second to the last cut of the morning.

Despite the theme of this fan video (it was the only one with a good sound),  I'd never associated this song with John Hinckley. But Johnny's in Love Again came out around the same time as his psychotic encounter with the President, so I suppose it's possible.

 

Saturday
Nov052011

Awaiting the Shockwave

Like many of the songs on their first album, our fourth tune of the day from The Vapors has a semi-nuclear theme. It is titled Sixty Second Interval:

 

Saturday
Nov052011

Dark Themes

The Vapors were hammered by critics after the release of Magnets, mainly because of the dark themes that pervaded the record. This song, which has the same title as the album, references the Kennedy assassination, and is probably one of the tunes that drew so many critics' ire. That said, it's a great song (and it is nowhere near as dark as our final number later this morning).

 

Saturday
Nov052011

Dressed to Impress

Our next tune from The Vapors, titled Spring Collection, touches upon teenage desire and a girl's love for fashion. This comes from the band's first album, New Clear Days:

This is another still, so, of course, the picture never changes.

 

Saturday
Nov052011

A Little Late on the Artist Focus

I have to admit, I was a little irked a couple weeks back when I saw our guest editor, Schwabman, refer to my favorite 80's new wave band,  The Vapors, as 'one hit wonders', although I suppose it's true by American standards.  The band released two albums, both of which were packed with good songs, and so today I'm going to do an artist focus on the group, even though they broke up some 30 years ago.  Since the band got very little airplay,  there is not much in the way of videos, so most of today's music will be accompanied by still life images.  Our first number this morning, Silver Machines, comes from The Vapors' second album, Magnets:

We'll have a Vapors tune every hour from 7 am until noon today with a post-atomic musical piece by Emilie Simon at 5 pm.

 

Saturday
Oct082011

A Wave Goodbye

We are going to close our new wave segment this morning with another tune  that came out in 1979, the song Making Plans for Nigel by XTC. I went out and bought the album when this number came out only to find it was released as a single instead:

The video was recorded at a very low volume--you'll have to turn the sound up rather high to get the proper fidelity.