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Music Masterclass- New Wave



New Wave...

Week 2 of the musical masterclasses, saw the turn of New Wave- there's some info about it below, in case you missed out...

And we played:

Blondie- Atomic
Talking Heads- Psycho Killer
The Jam- Start
Buzzcocks- Ever Fallen In Love
Elvis Costello- Chelsea

  • Most commonly associated with a movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement.
  • New Wave music was initially marketed as a more commercial or chart-friendly version of punk.
    The style was often mixed with other genres, such as Funk, Reggae and Ska
  • Music that followed the anarchic garage band ethos of the Sex Pistols was distinguished as "punk", while music that tended toward experimentation, lyrical complexity, or more polished production, was categorised as "New Wave".
  • Later still, "New Wave" came to imply a less noisy, more pop sound, and to include acts manufactured by record labels while the term “post-punk” was coined to describe the darker, less pop-influenced groups, with Siouxsie and the banshees,considered one of the first post-punk bands
  • New Wave fashions were a conscious reaction to the hippie styles of the 1960s. Thus, flares and long hair for men were replaced by more body-conscious clothing and shorter, often spiky, hairstyles. The tight-fitting suits and thin ties worn by Blondie on the cover of their album Parallel Lines
  • An important offshoot of new wave fashion was the New Romantic movement, which emphasized androgyny and extensive use of makeup for boys and girls!


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