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

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 IV of the recommendation.

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4. Berlin Blondes – with synth-pop and new wave, creating a gawking futuristic sound scape. This band consisted of: David Rudden, Jim McKinven (Altered Images, One Dove, Wilson Tan, Organs Of Love), Nick Clark (The Cuban Heels), Robert Farrell and Steven Bonomi. I chose their self-titled debutalbum Berlin Blondes (1980, EMI). I must say that they sound pretty experimental even though they were on a major label, which is pretty odd these days but supposedly wasn’t back in the 80’s and prior to that. So I picked the song Mannequin from that album, mostly because it’s so weirdly synth-ish and blend the cheesy elements of new wave with the darker ones. Since the song basically is about: “The mannequins are watching me“, pretty grim story. Check it out.

3. Between Two Fires – celebrating the classic pop-oriented new wave with a toned down synth-pop facade. Not much is known about this band, but that makes it even more intriguing. At least they’re from the US of A and they’re pretty damn good. The edge of the EP I’ve chosen have pretty dark wave-oriented vocals mixed with a typical pop-topic lyrically. So, I chose their self-titled debut-EP Between Two Fires (1987, Chaparall Music). Since they only released two EPs, there’s not much to look for here. But within the spheres of each EP there’s some great songs, so I decided to choose the song For Your Love from this EP. I love the synchronization between the back-up singers that enter the picture after the singer tells her heartbroken tale. Also, the post-punk bass rips this shit to shreds. Not much can be said about the percussion, but it’s OK.

2. B-Movie – fine-tuned new wave with synth-pop elements. The band consisted of Graham Boffey (also contributed to Some Bizarre Album compilation), Martin Winter, Paul Statham (worked with Peter Murphy), Rick Holliday and Steve Hovington. Those who have heard of this band probably only know them for their Nowhere Girl song, one of their synth-pop classics. But I decided to be a little bit unorthodox and pick one of their lesser known albums, which happens to be their debut-EP Take Three E.P. (1980, Dead Good Records). I picked the first song on that EP, namely Soldier Stood Alone. Much because of the catchy riffs and the minimalistic singing, the lyrics are also great and the synth would drive you into hyperspace within a second.

1. Boris Dzaneck – gentle, yet straight-forward indie rock with new-wave riffing. This solo-project is of course only consisting of Boris Dzaneck, which makes it even better somehow. That this man could play all those instruments and still make great songs is beyond belief. He’s also done it D.I.Y, meaning that every single one of those albums were self-released by him and mastered with the help of some of his friends in a studio. I chose his cassette-album titled In His Own Words (1983, Not On Label). I also picked the greatest song on that album, even though every single song on that album is great – this one overshadows the rest in sheer awesomeness. Namely: Theatre Of Dolls. A melancholic piece of new-wave and indie rock with slow background-riffing and a wailing Boris is what seals this recommendation once and for all. To quote Dzaneck from his cassette-EP: “There ain’t no hell, there ain’t no heaven – destination is my weapon!“.

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

I hope that I will see you again on the other recommendations, because this is the end of New Wave.

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