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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New Wave Outpost

I'm a big fan of early New Wave music. Malcolm McLaren wanted to call punk "new wave" after the influential French film movement of 58-64. New Wave as something you could be consistently proud of died when disco was coughing its last and something had to take its place as the next big thing for trendies with boogie fever. What called itself new wave after 81-82 was not what it used to be, and sadly nostalgia for the era tends towards the embarrassing later part.

The New Wave Outpost is a huge site that for me lists a bit towards obscure power pop and limp synth music. An incredible amount of work has gone into it so check it out.

Devo wrote a song called "Fountain Of Filth" somewhere between 1974 and 1977. To me it's the first pure new wave dance song in the new wave style Devo helped make famous. If you know of another one, and not just an old power pop song, let me know.


Anonymous Ishabaka said...

How about "X Offender" by Blondie - 1978? A lot of Blondie's music was filler, but when the band really got it together they hit the nail on the new wave head - Farfisa organ and all. The song is about Deborah Harry being busted for prostitution. Saw them live December 2003 and they did the song - sounded even better than the original.

6:51 AM

Blogger Emerson said...


I'd have to listen to that again but I played it recently and I remember the album being mostly genre cabaret stuff, some of it pretty good.

8:03 AM


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