late 70s new wave classic rock

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I want more of this. Stuff like the Cars "Just What I Needed" or Blondie or when Tom Petty got a synthesizer. There's gotta be a million lesser bands that did this classic rock songcraft with crunchy guitars plus oh look we bought a Jupiter-4 sound. I guess later ELO def fits here. And Devo sort of...? show me youtubez

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:47 (six years ago) link

bill nelsons red noise ?

mark e, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:48 (six years ago) link

Or as they were commonly referred to as, Bill Nelson's Red Nose

Euripides' Trousers (Tom D.), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:50 (six years ago) link

on first listen I would say yes def

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:50 (six years ago) link

Does Graham Parker count?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:51 (six years ago) link

Alice Cooper started off the 80s doing pretty much exactly this.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:52 (six years ago) link

Cultosaurus Erectus?

yeah Parker too

sleeve, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:53 (six years ago) link

I don't want to get too much into the 80s, sonically things start to get more gated-drums and synthesized everything plus too much plate reverb as the decade goes on (which is not to say any of those things are bad, just not what I'm looking for). The sound that really interests me is where you can hear fairly traditional rock bands trying to grapple with/incorporate new technology and synth sounds but they haven't fully gone over yet. Cheap Trick's Heaven Tonight and Dream Police also fit here...

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:57 (six years ago) link

1st B-52s album?

Pict in a blanket (WilliamC), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:59 (six years ago) link

Bob Welch's The Other One from 1979 is kinda like this, especially "Straight Up".

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:01 (six years ago) link

^ Add the album Man Overboard to that, also from 1979.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:05 (six years ago) link

ooh lovin Straight Up yes

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:09 (six years ago) link

Peter Gabriel 2
Broken English

J. Sam, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:10 (six years ago) link

I knew that post was going to happen

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:13 (six years ago) link

too 80s sounding

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:15 (six years ago) link

Sorry. (Although do check out those Walsh clips, his New Wave stuff is batshit)

ZZ Top's El Loco don't get mentioned enough...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYlFMAl1bI0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JozJ3FCZqc8

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:19 (six years ago) link

the one ZZ Top album I've never owned, weirdly

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:21 (six years ago) link

yeah that's a good example, decent album too

sleeve, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:28 (six years ago) link

pretty much everything on the Stiff Records Akron complilation

http://akronness.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/akroncomp1.jpg?w=497

also Drastic Plastic, the last album by Bill Nelson's pre-Red Noise band Be Bop Deluxe. 'Panic In The World' is particularly Cars-esque

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:32 (six years ago) link

is Ma Me O Beach by Joan Armatrading the right kind of thing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o3EevV0dB0

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:34 (six years ago) link

Todd Rundgren's late 70s albums with Utopia should be considered here—there was a time between full prog and full new wave when they pretty adeptly straddled the fence.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:35 (six years ago) link

I think this may be one of my favourite genres of music

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:37 (six years ago) link

This might work for you: they were a pretty big deal in Mpls/St. Paul, unknown elsewhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67RxunBNMw

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:38 (six years ago) link

The Shirts
Skafish, though there is not much Skafish stuff on the internet

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:43 (six years ago) link

every time I listen to it , I think the first Skafish record is my favourite album

http://rymimg.com/lk/f/a/28b362cb09b564c2c1398856995b69ea/1711232.jpg

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:46 (six years ago) link

lol that Joan Armitrading track totally works but yeah that was not a name I was expecting to pop up here

Gary Numan/Tubeway Army obviously on this tip as well

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:47 (six years ago) link

Late 70s albums by Horslips (Short Stories..., The Man Who...)

Also, the first few Arista albums by The Kinks are the definition of this.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:48 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEmJ-VWPDM4

Lee626, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:48 (six years ago) link

(I may be lumping more power pop in with my new wave, though.)

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:49 (six years ago) link

sort of feel like The Motels are the most perfect example of this thing

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:49 (six years ago) link

Yeah, not a bad call.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:51 (six years ago) link

first Motel album at least

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:51 (six years ago) link

I was just thinking The Motels too

Lee626, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:52 (six years ago) link

lots of Stiff records related stuff is this kind of stuff, i think?

English Boys / Working Girls era Deaf School

http://youtu.be/ujylEBjZOlU

Clive Langer and the Boxes:

http://youtu.be/ISSH8wX1ECE

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:21 (six years ago) link

Head East--Never Been Any Reason fits this perfectly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEkWa96pBkw

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:22 (six years ago) link

Men At Work's first couple of records perhaps?

Tuff Darts

The 5 FPs (MaresNest), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:36 (six years ago) link

Oh and maybe some early/mid period Nits records would suit.

The 5 FPs (MaresNest), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:38 (six years ago) link

Oh man, Sniff'nThe Tears totally.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:43 (six years ago) link

Doll by Doll were maybe too much their own thing, but I guess some of their music might fit here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSajH3ijMgQ

soref, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:49 (six years ago) link

The Brains - Money Changes Everything

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLWbp3w2eqM

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:07 (six years ago) link

beat me to it!

Brad C., Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:25 (six years ago) link

'82, but may be what you're looking for:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRI_02EOsyI

Also in searching for that I found an NJ cover band from 1983:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXKsIFLfB64

forbodingly titled It's True! It's True! (Eazy), Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:26 (six years ago) link

This is 80s, but it still fits. Translator--Everywhere That I'm Not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEwwc1Vovkk

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:33 (six years ago) link

Hawkwind had always been synth-y, but this was like they decided to be Sparks for 3 1/2 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFPLgGWMndc

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 02:01 (six years ago) link

Looking at that clip makes me wish Marc Bolan had lived long enough to have gone full New Wave.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 02:05 (six years ago) link

I don't know how new wave Mad Love was in the long run, but Ronstadt absolutely nailed "Party Girl."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxJib9v0buk

Pict in a blanket (WilliamC), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 03:35 (six years ago) link

Wait, "Never Been Any Reason" was number TWO FREAKING HUNDRED in the classic rock poll??? That's wrong by an order of magnitude.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 04:09 (six years ago) link

About time Billy Squier got some love. Don't Say No is all-time.

I don't think anyone has mentioned "Escalator Of Life" by Robert Hazard and the Heroes, and that definitely for the bill here.

enochroot, Thursday, 19 September 2019 02:21 (one year ago) link

For a power pop band, the Shoes were very contemporary sounding, not retro.

timellison, Thursday, 19 September 2019 02:27 (one year ago) link

Whatabout some of those mid-period Robert Palmer records?

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Thursday, 19 September 2019 02:39 (one year ago) link

Or maybe just the one with “Johnny & Mary” and the Gary Numan cover

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Thursday, 19 September 2019 02:47 (one year ago) link

Not sure this fits the remit precisely but wanted to post it anyway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8LnqUfzh-E

PaulTMA, Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:17 (one year ago) link

Donnie Iris, definitely. Search "Love Is Like A Rock". Loved to roller skate to that one.

More straight-up garage rock than new wave, but I had this record when I was a kid and played it to death. You'll love it, though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxkjvKBPQjo

Seething, Pathological Hatred of Oldies Radio (I M Losted), Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:42 (one year ago) link

Donnie Iris, definitely. Search "Love Is Like A Rock". Loved to roller skate to that one.

More straight-up garage rock than new wave, but I had this record when I was a kid and played it to death. You'll love it, though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxkjvKBPQjo

Seething, Pathological Hatred of Oldies Radio (I M Losted), Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:46 (one year ago) link

Okay, it's an 80's track but COME. ON.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3CmO-lCtos

Seething, Pathological Hatred of Oldies Radio (I M Losted), Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:58 (one year ago) link

That was my 7-year old me jam. That one and J. Geils's "Flamethrower."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 September 2019 12:07 (one year ago) link

https://youtu.be/W0sNmPPdQ88

Manitobiloba (Kim), Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:05 (one year ago) link

Talking Heads and the Police def not what I had in mind per the original post. Blondie = eh sorta but not always

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:23 (one year ago) link

I know that’ Pat Travers one is 80s, but sounds like he still wants to be in the 70s.

Pete Townshend sort of fits in here doesn’t he?

https://youtu.be/4FZbcoWrUsw

Manitobiloba (Kim), Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:23 (one year ago) link

Switchin to Glide = definitely

Οὖτις, Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:23 (one year ago) link

vegemite girl is gonna be very upset with this billy squier praise

(he rules)

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:07 (one year ago) link

That Pat Travers track was really good until the vocals came in.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:13 (one year ago) link

It was certainly a weird fit on the Valley Girl soundtrack. Came to mind as something caught between eras.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:25 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

this Blondie knockoff is pretty great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vlqPSsO9fg

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 December 2019 21:58 (one year ago) link

^^^ love that, thanks!

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 5 December 2019 22:35 (one year ago) link

https://youtu.be/kskwZW9iQNM

The Allies were also responsible for "Emma Peel", in my Top 10 tracks of the '80s. Great local band.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 6 December 2019 00:35 (one year ago) link

Oops. Contemporaries with the same name, but not the same band.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 6 December 2019 02:55 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Reviving because I am slowly working my way through this phase of classic rock and am compiling a playlist. So any fresh suggestions would be appreciated!

Alpha 666, The Number of the Beast (I M Losted), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 09:21 (one year ago) link

Started my day with this album...and check out this video. So punque! Why did French TV have all the fun?

https://youtu.be/O62larcuPeg

Alpha 666, The Number of the Beast (I M Losted), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:31 (one year ago) link

‘Driver’s Seat’ by Sniff n’ the Tears, little too polished for punk, bit too edgy for classic rock. No surprise PTA used it on Boogie Nights when things started going south.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpo_BO5vFII

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 17:37 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzOrbhiaw_s

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 17:47 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B0hmevx1R8

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 17:51 (one year ago) link

1980, but Alice Cooper - "Clones (We're All)" is classic

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 20:22 (one year ago) link

‘Driver’s Seat’ by Sniff n’ the Tears, little too polished for punk, bit too edgy for classic rock. No surprise PTA used it on Boogie Nights when things started going south.

otm

Together Again Or (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 20:38 (one year ago) link

Dug out the Pretty Things 1980 reunion LP (and cheapie bin perennial) Cross Talk. Quite Costello-y, Post-Pub Rock. Phil May even affects a tongue in cheek Sting accent at one point.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 April 2020 01:43 (one year ago) link

1980: X-Teens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqnonXMqstw

that's not my post, Thursday, 23 April 2020 01:56 (one year ago) link

Now spinning Phil Lynott's Solo In Soho, a good bit of which fits in here.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 April 2020 03:23 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

Carolyne Mas? His first three albums were in an album haul given to me. Surprised that I still remembered "Stillsane," which only made it to #71 in the States, but turns out it was Top 10 in Toronto (the follow-up, "Quote Goodbye Quote" was a hit here too). I suspect she has completely vanished from playlists by now. She's 65 and keeps a homepage.

https://carolynemas.com/

clemenza, Saturday, 16 January 2021 22:09 (five months ago) link

"Her first three albums..."

clemenza, Saturday, 16 January 2021 22:09 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Okay, Shaun Cassidy has zero rock cred...but I had no idea about his bit w Todd Rundgren.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgT98lU7aws

Santiago de Compostelo (I M Losted), Saturday, 6 February 2021 21:04 (four months ago) link

...really caught on to the new wave "paranoid man" theme going around at the time.

Santiago de Compostelo (I M Losted), Saturday, 6 February 2021 21:05 (four months ago) link

Is he trying to sound like Iggy Pop?

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 February 2021 21:10 (four months ago) link

(ctrl+f "the only ones" zero results)

hrmph.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 6 February 2021 21:39 (four months ago) link

yeah I like that Shaun album it’s cool!!

brimstead, Sunday, 7 February 2021 00:25 (four months ago) link

think utopia plays on it?

brimstead, Sunday, 7 February 2021 00:25 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

My friend does a '80s Rock video TwitchStream every Saturday night. Tonight my socks were knocked off by Heart's 1980 B-52's move "Break" (see what they did there?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygM6rQebOoM

Not sure if the promo vid is up. It's a cheapie performance clip on a white set with Nancy rocking some tight tartan trousers.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 6 June 2021 02:50 (two weeks ago) link

I think this thread is mainly looking for power pop bands that embraced synths. Only thing I can really suggest is the band 20/20 and their self titled debut album.

ClimbingThieves, Monday, 7 June 2021 22:17 (two weeks ago) link

There was another thread strictly about Classic Rock bands and their New Wave moves, but this thread's been revived more often.

There were a couple of really good examples of what this thread was really about in that TwitchStream; I'll DM my friend to see what they were, as I didn't take good enough notes.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 June 2021 23:04 (two weeks ago) link

This is waaay too late, but HOLY FUCK at this Devo/B-52's move by...Styx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx2xB4CJj5U

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 13 June 2021 00:18 (one week ago) link

More early Oingo Boingo than B-52s IMO. Terrible either way.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 13 June 2021 00:38 (one week ago) link

I forget that Oingo covered a lot of the same junk culture territory the B's did.

Of course the song is terrible, but of all the dinosaur bands to go out the New Wave window, was not expecting STYX to commit so fully (was one of their final singles before the first breakup, a studio bait track on a double live set).

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 13 June 2021 01:15 (one week ago) link

of all the dinosaur bands to go out the New Wave window, was not expecting STYX to commit so fully

It's kind of amazing the other four guys didn't just back Dennis DeYoung into a corner and beat his ass whenever he brought one of these stupid faux-Broadway ideas in.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 13 June 2021 01:47 (one week ago) link

“Music Time” is my all-time favorite “sorry bout the last album!” single

I Occasionally Post on ILX (2x5), Sunday, 13 June 2021 03:10 (one week ago) link

There's a couple of songs on the Woman Love LP (1980) by Burton Cummings that fit this: "Feels All Wrong" and maybe "Mile a Second". The rest is the typical ballads and 50s style rockers.
In my defence, I found this record in a box on the street with no cover.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 13 June 2021 03:12 (one week ago) link

1983, but still, how many of Mitch’s contemporaries could cover Prince this well?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJOy8oT20qs

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 13 June 2021 04:16 (one week ago) link

xhuxk's essay pertains:

https://accidentalevolution.wordpress.com/2021/06/11/150-best-albums-of-1979/

Thus Sang Freud, Sunday, 13 June 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link


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