New Wave is an umbrella term used to describe late 1970s to mid-1980s Rock and Pop music that had ties to the original wave of Punk. Initially the term was synonymous with Punk, but at this time wasn't really considered to be a genre in its own right, at this time it took in elements of electronic and experimental music, Mod subculture, Disco and 1960s Pop music. New Wave, as a genre became more popularised during the early 1980s, initially describing all Post Punk music, yet, it distances itself from other Post Punk movements as it displays characteristics common to pop music, rather than the more “arty” Post Punk.
Common characteristics of New Wave music, aside from its Punk influences, include the use of synthesizers and electronic production, as well as a great amount of diversity.
New Wave is seen as one of the definitive genres of the early 1980s, and at the time, it enjoyed commercial success as several of the major artists of the time were labeled as New Wave. The genre became a fixture on MTV, and the popularity of several New Wave artists had been partially attributed to the exposure that was given to them by that channel.
On to the Mid '80s
In the mid-1980s differences between New Wave and other music genres started to overlap. As revivals began to grow from the 1990 and into the 2000s, New Wave has influenced a variety of music genres.
Bands under the "New Wave" heading would include;-
Singers and Backing Bands That Got Caught Up In It All
- Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club
- Elvis Costello and the Attractions
- Ian Dury and the Blockheads
- Jonathan Richman (and The Modern Lovers)
Bands With Some Kind Of Association To New Wave
- Art Of Noise
- The B-52s
- Bow Wow Wow
- Echo and The Bunnymen
- Haircut 100
- The Psychedelic Furs
- Scritti Politti