Category Archives: New Wave

(April 29, 2015): Blondie – Shayla

From the 1979 album, Eat To The Beat. 

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(Dec. 2, 2014): Tom Tom Club – I Confess

From the 1989 U.S. release, Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom.  This first release of this LP was outside the U.S. in 1988 on Fontana/Polygram because the band’s contract with Island had expired.  The U.S. release in 1989 was a pretty radical … Continue reading

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(Oct 26, 2014): Captain Sensible – Martha the Mouth

From the 1982 album, Women and Captains First.  Here you have “The Damned” guitarist Ray Burns as Mr. sugar.  I can remember living in London in 1982 when the South Pacific musical tune he covered, “Happy Talk”, was ubiquitous.  And later, … Continue reading

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(Aug 23, 2014): The Fools – I Won’t Grow Up

From the 1980 album, Sold Out.  I can recall this Boston band, and this tune in particular, regularly played in the early 1980s on a KWMU program called “Rocket 88”.

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(June 7, 2014): The Police – Truth Hits Everybody

From the 1979 album, Outlandos D’Amour.  This is the U.S. release and the LP was actually released in the UK and elsewhere in 1978.  The album lettering on the cover in the U.S. came in at least green, red, and yellow. … Continue reading

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(May 25, 2014): Cabaret Voltaire – Split Second Feeling

From the 1981 album, Red Mecca.  This was back when the band consisted of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Watson and the sound was much more experimental, even industrial.  It was much more reflective of the band’s namesake … Continue reading

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(Mar 7, 2014): Humans – I Live In The City

From the 1980 7″ EP, Play.  The Humans released two long players in 1981 and then disappeared.  None of the five members went on to do much else so far as I can tell.

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