Invisible Guy recommends: 80s New Wave! (Part I)

Now that we’ve come this far, I’ll be showing off some must haves in the new wave region of the 80s. This serie will be in four parts, ranging from today up until Sunday. Featuring both well-known and obscure gems from the new wave past. Just so that you can have your obligatory reading and some well-needed tips for your music-pool. Not that you’d have a need to expand it after visiting Invisible Guy, but I’ll show you some things that you’ve never heard of but should’ve heard. Hopefully this will be a listening pleasure and hopefully you’ll find tips suitable for yourself. As I said in the latest episode featuring minimal wave: the numbers mean nothing.

You’re now entering Part I of the recommendation.

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20. The Associates – a mixture in between alternative rock and new wave. A scottish band consisting of Alan Rankine and Billy MacKenzie at this particular time, in 1980 when they were touring around with The Cure and also got signed to Fiction Records. There, they released an album called “The Affectionate Punch” (1980, Fiction Records). I decided to pick the song Deeply Concerned. One of the lesser known songs from the same album, but its strength lies in the pulsating but slow bass accompanied by the almost prog-rock sounding atmosphere, which almost becomes compellning when facing Billy MacKenzies fine-tuned voice.

19. A Certain Ratio – funk, soul and disco all blended into a controlled new wave fantasy. From the lovely city of Manchester, UK. Consisting of a wide-range of members that have come and gone: Andy Connell, Denise Johnson, Donald Johnson, Jez Kerr, Liam Mullan, Martha Tilson, Martin Moscrop, Peter Terrell, Simon Topping and Tony Quigley. The release I’ve chosen is one named “Shack Up” (1980, Factory Benelux/Les Disques Du Crépuscule), which was a 2-song 7¨. I’ve chosen the song with the same name, Shack Up, written by Anthony Carter (Banbarra) and Moe Daniels (Banbarra), whom five years earlier had released a 10¨ by the same name. I like this song because of the funky vibe there is to it, and the monotonous new wave vocals. The environment is fitting enough for this kind of experiment, so get your funk on.

18. Cipher – goth-oriented, punk – with a dark new wave feeling to it. Coming from the US, consisting of Francis White, Jose Garcia, Michael Carroll and Marsha Mann. Since they only released one album, I didn’t have too much to choose from. But I chose their one and only self-titled album “Cipher” (1981, Right-Brain Records). The song I chose is titled Harmonic 33. I loved this song because of the gothic environment and suggestive drumming. Also, Marsha Manns voice is a bliss to listen to and she fits like a glove. It’s too bad that they didn’t release anything else, because this surely is a gem to keep close to your heart.

17. Echo And The Bunnymen – kings of new wave and indie rock. This one’s pretty self-explanatory, if you haven’t heard of them, you’re missing out – a lot! What I can tell you is that they’re from the lovely city of Liverpool, UK. The rest is up to yourself to find out. I picked their first EP named “The Pictures On My Wall” (1979, Zoo Records). The song I picked has the same name as the album, namely: The Pictures On My Wall. I chose it because I loved the indie sound of it and also the lo-fi feeling of it, the melancholic and angst-ridden environment just appeases me even more. This one is a must to check out, you’ll find it in the first segment of the YouTube video above.

16. Ausgang – gothic piece of punk-madness, but with some nicer new wave elements. I decided to pick this band, even though they’re more goth than new-wave, because some of their releases share the new wave vibe. Coming out of the UK, consisting of Max Freeth, Matthew Amos, Stu Smith and Joey Stanley – they’ve left a mark for decades. Original, unique in their own weird way and absolutely great. I picked their 12¨ EP titled “Hunt Ya Down” (1985, FM). As I listened through it, I thought every damn song on it was great. But I had to choose one, so I chose the song: Here It Comes. The lovely chugging bass, with good drumming and eccentric singing makes up for the absolute indulgence into the gothic universe. I also like the twanging new wave elements that show up in between, but they’re tightly squeezed so it’s hardly noticeable. But well worth a listen.

15. Diestinct – quirky, dark, moody but casual new wave. Consisting of Jan Zachrisson and Mikael Selin, delivered edgy and perfect swedish new wave. I decided to pick their 2-track 7¨ “Man Får Inte Drömma Sig För Långt Bort” (1982, Mistlur). Since this one’s great too, I had a hard time choosing a song. Since I have it in my collection, I decided that I should pick the song Ingen Annan. He sings: “Varför väntar ingen på mig ikväll? / Why is nobody waiting for me tonight?“. I think it’s good in all its entirety, making good use of some unconventional new wave elements. Synchronizing with the rest of the new wave-feeling, and I must say that I’m totally engulfed in the Swedish new wave scene of the 80s since it sounds so good in Swedish. But it also sounds somewhat cheesy, but I guess I’ll have to live with that.

So I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips from Invisible Guy. This is the end of Part I.

I hope that I will see you again on Part II, which will be published on Thursday.

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