New Wave

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Rock music is divided into a number of sub-genres, and o­ne of the most important genres was known as "New Wave". New Wave was originally used as a term to describe punk rock of the 70’s by various contemporary magazines. However, by the late 70’s, it was clear that a musical movement separate from punk rock was growing distinct and apart from punk itself, taking the New Wave moniker with it. This new genre of music was initially championed by groups such as Blondie and The Talking Heads. It showed a distinct shift away from the blues influences that had characterized rock through the 60’s and 70’s,New Wave employed more staccato notes o­n rhythm as opposed to the rolling smoothness of jazz and the previous eras of rock.

New Wave gradually became synonymous with Synthpop throughout the course of the ‘80s, and by the end of the decade, the term New Wave in England saw less use, due to the merging sounds of New Wave artists, and the mainstream pop/rock groups of the day. Despite this, the phrase New Wave continued in heavy usage to the present day in the U.S. to describe a variety of genres within the decade of 1980-89.

New wave songs began to be used in films of the decade, such as The Breakfast Club and Valley Girl. In the late 90’s and o­nward within the U.S., a semi-revival of New Wave music occurred, and the popularity of the bands within this movement were consistent until the end of the decade.

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Notable artists commonly considered to be New Wave include: ABC, Adam and The Ants, Asia, Aztec Camera, Blondie, The Cars, The Church, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Echo and The Bunnymen, INXS, Pet Shop Boys, The Talking Heads, Talk Talk, Tears For Fears, Oingo Boingo and When In Rome.