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Which "New Wave" bands of the early 80's were the WORST!


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Initial post: Aug 29, 2012 7:33:56 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
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Posted on Aug 29, 2012 12:55:49 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
I hated The Cars.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 12:59:59 PM PDT
ED S. says:
Very negative. I liked all the groups you mentioned and had them on vinyl and now CD. Missing Persons "Spring Session M" is my favorite album of that era. Most played album of that era. Very Los Angeles.
A Flock of Seagulls won an Grammy.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:06:03 PM PDT
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vivazappa says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 1:08:24 PM PDT
Severin says:
Right, Milli Vanilli also got a Grammy.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:08:25 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
I hated the B-52's at first, but now they're one of my favorite bands.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:13:27 PM PDT
Lauren says:
I liked "Spring Session M" as well, particularly "Destination Unknown". Subsequent Missing Persons albums were worthless to me.

I nominate Culture Club.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:27:22 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
I second Culture Club. I agree with Haircut 100. I can't agree with Flock of Seagulls for three reasons:
Space Age Love Song (great guitar by Renno on that)
Telecommunication
Wishing
and honorable mention because it's the one song everyone knows: I Ran (again, Renno's guitar)
I'll add Thompson Twins, especially on account of that rubbish version of "Revolution."

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 1:27:43 PM PDT
Dichterliebe says:
Clan of Xymox. Awful.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 2:01:40 PM PDT
I never clicked with Depeche Mode or Ultravox.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 7:01:52 PM PDT
Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

And Spandau Ballet. Everytime I see that car commercial, I think the driver needs to get a new set of friends.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 7:22:32 PM PDT
Miami Nights says:
I was also going to say that OMD and Spandau Ballet were among the worst. I would also add the Pet Shop Boys to this list.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 7:35:58 PM PDT
Alt9999 says:
Right on about A Flock. They had maybe 5-6 really good songs. The rest was crap though.

I always thought that OMD song was dumb: "I touch you once, I touch you twice..." whatever

The Pet Shop Boys were pretty good though. I don't know that they were really New Wave. Maybe their first album was.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 5:04:50 AM PDT
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S. Stalcup says:
Yeah, it was all down to Paul Reynolds' guitar work on those songs. The audio equivalent of sunlight through icicles, if you get what I'm on about.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 8:35:52 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 9:05:33 AM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Interesting choice, mr. critic. Saying Violator would've given me pause. Full marks to you for that.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 9:30:06 AM PDT
Damn,I've got Haircut 100 " Love Plus One" in my head all morning.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 9:32:42 AM PDT
Kacee says:
Tenpole Tudor
Captain Sensible
Culture Club
Boy George
Grace Jones

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 9:35:38 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Wham!!!

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 9:40:40 AM PDT
Johnny Bee says:
Seems that a number of folks can't tell the difference between New Wave and pop acts. Anyway, never liked the Knack, the Tourists or Wang Chung.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 4:35:38 PM PDT
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alysha25 says:
At the time (late 70's /early 80's) I thought that "Devo" was the biggest joke. Now they seem like retro 80's coolness! I'm trying to decide whether to go with the cheapo greatest hits, but their studio albums look interesting.

BTW Johnny Bee, I don't think people were as anal about what genre a group fell into or was labelled as in the early 80's. It's all music. I mean, I know what "I" considered "New Wave" back then. I'm not sure I would confuse it with "pop" as much as "punk".

The plastic planter pot hats, and plastic yellow jumpsuits, Wow!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012 6:07:14 PM PDT
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B. rogers says:
alysha25...get the full studio albums by Devo. "Greatest Hits" leave too many steller cuts out. Also, every one of their albums have a unique feel to them. Their first 6 albums are all great and their "comeback" album "Something For Everybody" from 2010 is worth getting after the first 6.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2012 7:13:36 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Or if you want to take it in slightly larger baby steps, Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology also has its merits (and rarities, esp. their 1980s soundtrack work). Looks like it's out of print, though. Still, the used market is glutted enough. You could locate one for between $25-30.

Be like your ancestors or be different!

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 9:08:54 PM PDT
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Frankie Goes to Hollywood (or were they mid-to-late '80's ?)
Flock of Seagulls

I would include Wham !! for their horrible material, but one thing saves them from the bottom of the heap -- George Michael does have a damn good voice.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2012 6:32:11 AM PDT
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Lauren says:
Johnny Bee: It's not surprising that people don't differentiate well between new wave and pop from the early 80s. There was much overlap, and the acts that leaned more toward pop often *looked* like new wavers. That being said, which pop acts were you thinking of as not belonging in this discussion?
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