Late 70s/Early 80s glam inspired post punk and new wave

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I'm a big fan of the early releases of bands like Japan, Ultravox! and Simple Minds. All of these groups had a good mixture of Roxy Music and Cockney Rebel-esque artsy glam rock, early new wave synths but also had some vague aggression from punk. Interested in hearing new bands from around this time with similar styles.

ClimbingThieves, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:11 (one week ago) link

Neuromantic by Yukihiro Takahashi might be right up your alley

frogbs, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:17 (one week ago) link

Anything by Magazine.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:19 (one week ago) link

do you know scars?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YcJ_L9z2Xs

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:40 (one week ago) link

and obviously the associates

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:40 (one week ago) link

i quite like the first fiat lux record. produced by bill nelson, as was the more glam pop stuff by the skids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-9Rpa5EbO0

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:46 (one week ago) link

ippu do seem relevant:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vew8sXkiEnA

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:48 (one week ago) link

fashion are kind of embarrassing but they really had some tunes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug4z55HTATM

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:54 (one week ago) link

Maybe the first Visage album also?

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:56 (one week ago) link

angel face by shock is urgent & key:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhcf9hnlzwo

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:56 (one week ago) link

oh shit lol, i'd forgotten how cheesy that one is

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:58 (one week ago) link

blue zoo were one of tim friese-green's projects before talk talk happened:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4CbdGGl19o

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:02 (one week ago) link

Neuromantic by Yukihiro Takahashi might be right up your alley

― frogbs, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 15:17 (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

I think some Sadistic Mika Band stuff also fits into this kind of 'new wave before new wave' category

soref, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:04 (one week ago) link

produced by bill nelson

I feel like Nelson is kind of the king of this stuff that straddles glam, 'theatrical' art-rock, prog and new-wave, particularly the last Be-Bop Deluxe album and his first few solo records

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slnTV4TqXbo

soref, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:08 (one week ago) link

Jet featured ex-members of Sparks, John's Children and the Nice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRrjqIpNAg8

soref, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:13 (one week ago) link

Yes, Sound-On-Sound by Bill Nelson's Red Noise, although that is getting closer to Devo than glam.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:15 (one week ago) link

does missing persons fit? i'll never miss an opportunity to plug them lol

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

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:21 (one week ago) link

Some great posts already. I'm familiar with a few suggestions like Magazine, Bill Nelson, Fashion and The Associates already but am very excited and interested to hear the rest

ClimbingThieves, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:21 (one week ago) link

Writz/Famous Names were a kind of UK version of the Tubes, two of them left to form a synth-pop duo called Techno Twins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RYHBPaHRNw

Doctors of Madness/Richard Strange maybe?

soref, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:28 (one week ago) link

don't know if you know the band Metro, they made three albums of glam-ish new wave in the late 70s of middling quality, but i quite like the new romantic stuff that their singer Peter Godwin went on to do in the early 80s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3_NJX4Le8c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs6l5xP8BK0

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:40 (one week ago) link

Metro is fantastic

ClimbingThieves, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:45 (one week ago) link

Blogged about these guys in '04; I wouldn't write it just like this now, but adjust your shades for the phrasing and it still seems accurate enough:

...The Homosexuals(pre-[In Exile]original version, the one on newly assembled THE HOMOSEXUALS RECORD and ASTRAL GLAMOUR) are being hyped as more of ye "post-punk pioneers." True, they did seize the right moment to move past punkthrodoxy (which early tracks prove they so bad at). But not to slide those ol' enosizers out of the closet for dance class, like Go4, Joy D., etc. No, the 'mos just let it rip and trip, into twin barrels of four-eyed Nerd Power, much less anal than Elvis Costello's or Devo's. Foreskinners of current shatter-trope spewcore, of which Mars Volta might be one of the more conservative examples.(Homosex of recs are more like Freedie and the Dreamers x vulcanized lick and proto-jangle enhanced by digital x Wire-asides x Mars V. x Fountains of Wayne? As high as I can find things to count on right now.) Spirit of punkadelica outside the laws of style and cool, and kind good, once they get a no-handle on it. But after all come to think of it including poptones, ground and oops into the goo-goo, so I guess Lydon *might* or o course certainly should have approved this ,however reluctantly, and thus it's "post-punk" after all. Well that's a relief isn't it? The current Homosexuals, sic'd [In Exile], include only one orig. member, but he was and is the very frontman, I'm reliably informed. Homosexuals [In Exile]:7/23 with Suicide (historically and histrionically perfect!) and The Flesh, at Knitting Factory; 7/24 in Brooklyn, bill and venue TBA.

dow, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:50 (one week ago) link

Oh man, I had forgotten all about "Angel Face." It's on an RCA Records "Blitz" sampler along with Bow Wow Wow, Polyrock, and Sparks that I loved back in 1981. Now that I have seen that video I cannot unsee it.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 16:57 (one week ago) link

some early Cardiacs recordings sound not unlike Magazine or early Simple Minds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AypYU2tLyM

Punishment of Luxury

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUjTg8Hmeqk

soref, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 17:02 (one week ago) link

some sorta relevant threads that get into this vibe:

Smart art-glam suggestions?

a thread for great bands (and artists) that just didn't...quite...fit.

brimstead, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 18:49 (one week ago) link

Punishment of Luxury are great, big fan of their first album.
Some good suggestions in those previous threads

ClimbingThieves, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 10:08 (one week ago) link

I've always heard Metal Boys featuring China as being somewhat glam-inspired, via Pop Art-VU-Roxy-Reed-Bowie-early 70s-solo-Eno, Sadistic Mika Band etc---when ilxor Dan Selzer co-produced this comp for Acute in /04, I wrote about it in the Voice:
"The rain won't let my tits grow. Napalm you're so
good in bed. How many flies ate you today? Let's get hungry tonight." That's
China whinin', like a siren, on "Suspenders in the Dark." She sings for Metal
Boys (recombinant shards of Parisian punk pioneers Metal Urbain) on 1980's
Tokio
Airport. Now unearthed, and still flying together/apart on every track, Metal
Boys' sexelectric dragon's teeth gnaw and gnash at China's objet
d'amour-hate, "Tokio Airport." "Technofasceest," she hisses, and drives desperate, new
unforgivable-synth stinky toys through "the anti-climax of X-mas Day," leaving
them stuck inside a harmonically ravenous mobile tagged "Carbone 14." Later, in
penance and/or celebration, China dances barefoot for a "Paranoia Carnival," on
tone-nails of gilded Pong. (That's un certain game, kiddies. I hear it's coming
b-a-a-ack.)

dow, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 20:22 (one week ago) link

I'm guessing that you probably know the first couple of XTC records, but it's worth mentioning.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:56 (one week ago) link

Also, the wonderful Nits from the Netherlands, almost totally ignored outside of the Benelux, still going, still fantastic but in the late 70s/early 80s they had a three-album dalliance with New Wave/Power Pop and a touch of glam maybe.

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

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:02 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqiWGtJiMT4

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:04 (one week ago) link

Which albums from The Nits are best from that time? Had a listen to Omsk a while back but it has yet to grow on me.

ClimbingThieves, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:15 (one week ago) link

Try Tent, New Flat and Work, Omsk is decent but it's kinda different to the earlier material.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:16 (one week ago) link

Adding to my own thread haha but Peter Ivers is great - particularly his album Terminal Love. Not exactly new wave but some underrated, yet artsy glam rock.

ClimbingThieves, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:18 (one week ago) link

Thank you for the suggestions, Maren. Really interested in hearing more from the Nits, an intriguing group from what I've heard.

ClimbingThieves, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:20 (one week ago) link

I could blab on about them forever, it's a real shame they're so slept on.

The music did take a few years to click with me, but now I'm a huge admirer.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:26 (one week ago) link

two covers of Alabama Song that both have a kind of glam meets new-wave sound imo

Peter Straker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAiqzSHr8c8

Serbian band Elekrticni Orgazam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Rr_q0Lya8

soref, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:26 (one week ago) link

BGM by Yellow Magic Orchestra

mahb, Thursday, 8 April 2021 10:30 (one week ago) link


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