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same concept, different style

leading off with an absolute classic: modern english — "machines" (1984)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeH5bI3JNpI

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 20 November 2020 05:32 (one week ago) link

the cure's early labelmates the passions — "bachelor girls" (1981)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ctM9g0_gI

always felt like this was strikingly similar to pylon, which feels weird to me for some reason. brilliant track though.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 20 November 2020 05:35 (one week ago) link

This is probably on the furthest power pop edge of "new wave," but I never listened to Translator until this year and "Un-Alone" as been a recurring favorite in recent months.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSNmJ7lEUXY

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 November 2020 05:38 (one week ago) link

translator and 415 bands rule!

always really liked their smiths-esque kinda tunes. "no time like now" (1983):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEtVCNm-djg

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 20 November 2020 05:41 (one week ago) link

I was playing Modern Eon the other day.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 20 November 2020 05:57 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92wCPfqyVbg

Just heard this on the radio on the way to work, and fuck it still slays, what a song. Several genres rolled into one, but new wave is one of them.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 20 November 2020 08:12 (one week ago) link

always liked this one - Australia, 1981, excellent bass sound

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0P0wZynzgg

the least famous person you were surprised to discover (emsworth), Friday, 20 November 2020 08:23 (one week ago) link

This is a cool writeup of a brand new comp of obscure new-wave/proto-indie American bands:

https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/strum-and-thrum-american-indie-rock-feature

I'd only heard 2 of the 28 bands prior (Windbreakers, 28th Day).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 20 November 2020 19:11 (one week ago) link

Wow, this comp is GOOD. This is exactly the kind of music I liked in the mid to late 80s and even I've never heard of any of these bands -- OK, I've heard of the Sex Clark Five, and I don't even know if I ever heard that band at the time, it's just a name that sticks in one's mind once encountered.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 20 November 2020 19:28 (one week ago) link

Ha, that's awesome you're as into this as I am.

One of the bands I'd heard OF but never a note of their music is the last track by A New Personality: a Tampa band that opened for Duran Duran in the early 80s. The 2 main members went on to form noisy indie-pop Further (in LA), before breaking up and starting a bevy of bands like The Summer Hits, Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde, etc.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 20 November 2020 19:45 (one week ago) link

Haven't thought about the Windbreakers in ages. The song I remember from them is We Never Understand. Good tune but not new wave, more shading into americana territory.

that's not my post, Friday, 20 November 2020 20:32 (one week ago) link

Had no idea the Rademakers had been around that long before the Beachwood Sparks era out here in LA.

Terrific comp! Absolute Grey and Salem 66 were the two bands that I knew of and own records by. There's a short thread here that could use some more posts: Salem 66: S/D

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 20 November 2020 20:37 (one week ago) link

That Strum & Thrum comp was also recently discussed in the rolling reissues thread, fyi

down like 6:30 (morrisp), Friday, 20 November 2020 20:40 (one week ago) link

The clue is in the thread title. Loving this Random Hold LP from 1980:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di9A2w8Vsjk

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Friday, 20 November 2020 21:15 (one week ago) link

That Strum & Thrum comp was also recently discussed in the rolling reissues thread, fyi

― down like 6:30 (morrisp), Friday, November 20, 2020 12:40 PM

yeah, i was excited for it but then got completely sidetracked when i found out about the pavement box set. i'm gonna get both now and i'm going to love every second of it, dammit!

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 20 November 2020 22:50 (one week ago) link

pavement box set(?!)

down like 6:30 (morrisp), Friday, 20 November 2020 22:53 (one week ago) link

I heard this song once on college radio circa 1982 or '83 and loved it and never heard it again but spent years looking for it in record stores. Finally found the EP it was from like 10 years later. By that time of course I'd built up the song in my head into something hard to live up to. But I still like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b2zGLZg4nI

(more than the music, it was the central lyrical image — "white gardens/no flowers/just white" — that stuck with me)

I have a copy of the North American issue of that Random Hold record, which combines single, EP and album tracks (but not the song you linked to). It seems they really wanted to release everything in a double LP package.

They're a strange hybrid of prog/AOR and post-punk/new wave; you can see why some at the time found them hard to swallow, but they deserved some more attention than they got.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 20 November 2020 23:04 (one week ago) link

pavement box set(?!)

― down like 6:30 (morrisp), Friday, November 20, 2020 2:53 PM

uhh, no sorry. PYLON. dunno where i got pavement from. i don't even like them.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 20 November 2020 23:26 (one week ago) link

Both bands are R.E.M.-adjacent.

down like 6:30 (morrisp), Saturday, 21 November 2020 01:24 (one week ago) link

I fell in love with this song "Soon" recently, a side project of Paul Haig from Josef K

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

Rollie Pemberton, Saturday, 21 November 2020 23:54 (one week ago) link

thank you, rollie! that has lead me to this and i bought that schitt so fast!

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 22 November 2020 00:04 (six days ago) link


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