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

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 III of the recommendation.

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9. It’s Raining – quirky, happy and up-tempo new wave. Coming from the US, consisting of Stephan Vernier, Brad Ross Fairman, Matthew Smith and Chris Lindensmith. They released two EPs and a full-length album, and I’ve chosen their EP Radioland (1984, Certain Records). I picked the song Radioland, because of the lo-fi percussion in perfect harmony with dreamy synths and fast riffing. It sounds like a love-story gone wrong, and I like the singers voice a lot.

8. International Sin – your perfect blend of new wave, darkwave and goth. This time, we’ll move to Europe, more precisely: France. This band consisted of Thierry Hilaire, Vincent Morand, Laurent Chaix (also involved with the Des Jeunes Gens Mödernes compilation), J-André Orlandi (producer for Strahler), Didier Marty and Mali Mango (backing vocals on Yalil). Unfortunately, this is one of those bands whom only released one album. So I picked their debutalbum (and only album) Out (1986, Contorsion). I chose the track Matin De Paris, because it embodies everything that International Sin is all about. A perfect edge around the dark wave elements, a small hint of post-punk influence and a heavy dose of gothic atmosphere (via the bass and percussion).

7. Great City – welcome to the more experimental, disco-ish and schizofrenic side of new wave. I don’t really know much about the members or those behind this music, but I can tell you that I was blown away by their unconventional approach to new wave. Surely, something you must hear. So, this is also one of those bands who have only contributed with one release and then disappeared from the map completely. This one is essential, so pay attention: I chose their one and only self-titled album Great City (1986, Impressive Records). I decided to pick the most unconventional and weird song they have, namely: Too Much Tunder. Mostly because I love the vocals and the weird synths circulating around the percussion and minimalistic bass.

6. Actuel – almost a psychedelic blend of new wave and rock. Straight from the awesome country named US of A, consisting of: Gary Rabasca, Søren Berlev and Steven Anderson (contributed to multiple records, among those: Di Leva – Jag Är Du). I picked their debutalbum Monuments (1984, Actuel Records). And I chose their song No Regrets because of the dimension of it, the swooping bass and the melancholic atmosphere makes for a great song, accompanied by Steven Andersons lovely voice.


5. The Toilets – bass-driven, dark and heavy new wave. Straight from the Netherlands, consisting of: Gerard Terwisscha Van Scheltinga, Peter Waterlander and Paul Dokter. So these damn Toilets have managed to influence me in a bad way, or should I say: dark way. I never knew that new wave could be so dark and grim, but now I know something new at least. They released three EPs, a split and a full-length album when they were active. So I decided to pick one of their less anticipated, or should I say: more unknown releases. It’s titled Boxjunction (1980, Top Hole Records), and is one of the earliest new wave gems I’ve had in the recommendations so far. I picked the song titled Life At The 12th, a less up-tempo song than the self-titled Boxjunction, but it still manages to kick some butt in that department. The flanged riffs accompanied by the slow but escalating drumming is awesome.

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

I hope that I will see you again on Part IV, which will be published on Wednesday or Thursday.

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