Post Tagged with: "New Wave"

The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)

The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.

Almost Hits: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone” (1981)

Almost Hits: The Cars, “Since You’re Gone” (1981)

This is, even more so than the title track hit from 1981’s Shake It Up, the exact midpoint between the harder-edged new wave of the Cars’ classic 1978 debut and the sleek MTV smash Heartbeat City still to come.

On Second Thought: A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

On Second Thought: A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

It’s time that certain critics got over the band’s name and the singer’s then-seagull haircut, and just listen to the music here without prejudice.

Almost Hits: Donnie Iris, “Ah! Leah!” (1981)

Almost Hits: Donnie Iris, “Ah! Leah!” (1981)

Here’s one you might remember: “Ah! Leah!” by Donnie Iris, his only really big hit, which peaked at No. 29 in the Billboard charts on February 7th, 1981. That intro is a bit tongue in cheek, actually

Research Turtles – Mankiller, Part 2 of 2 (EP) (2012)

Brit-styled power pop has been making undiluted rock bouncy and fun since the Beatles and “Can’t Buy Me Love” took the world by storm in 1963. New wave bands that emerged at the end of the 70s such as Squeeze The Cars, The Romantics and The Knack reminded us of why we went apeshit over the Fab Four, The WhoRead More

Books: Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth, by Richard Barone (2007)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbzYn48qJxU&w=500&h=305] Frontman is a first-time book from the Bongos’ leader and (well, what else?) frontman Richard Barone, part rock star guide, part autobiography — and a completely entertaining and fascinating read.

On Second Thought: The Fixx – Beautiful Friction (2012)

I’ve found that the Fixx’s Beautiful Friction becomes a richer experience the longer it plays — and the longer it stays.

John Frusciante – Letur-Lefr (2012)

PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone.

One Track Mind: The English Beat, "Save It For Later" (1982; 2012 reissue)

Their name focused on rhythm, but short-changing the shooting-star early-1980s post-punkers English Beat as a ska band is to ignore their essential, still deeply interesting complexities.

As Howard Jones preps for new UK tour, he offers a free live track for download

Howard Jones has posted a free download of a live version of “Like To Get To Know You Well” — originally a No. 4 hit in 1984 on the UK Singles Chart — as he gears up for an eight-date April swing through the UK.