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The LighterAndSofter counterpart to Music/PunkRock.

The line between Punk and New Wave is blurry; many New Wave bands started out as Punk bands. But New Wave expanded on Punk's primitivism, embracing experimentation and variety, to the point that New Wave is literally Genre Salad Music. Because of this, New Wave is an umbrella term for a wide variety of subgenres, though it is often used to refer to [[{{Flanderization}} one particular subgenre]], as will be discussed later. Along with its sister genre PostPunk, it is one of the major influences on AlternativeRock, and several New Wave bands such as The The, Music/MidnightOil and Music/NewOrder became AlternativeRock bands later in their careers.

New Wave came from several scenes in the early to mid '70s, including the original New York and UK Punk scenes; copycat Punk scenes all over America, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand; Pub Rock, a laid-back cousin of the UK Punk scene; PowerPop, a revival of mid-'60s three-minute rock, similar to Punk; [[RockAndRoll Rockabilly]] Revival, inspired by ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''; [[{{Ska}} 2 Tone]]; and early SynthPop. New Wave came together as these bands listened to and toured with each other.

Everyone was inspired by the [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple, direct]] rock of the '50s and '60s, and the Glam of the '70s. But New Wave went outside of rock, and at times consciously avoided sounding like it. Some of the synth players had classical training. Some bands had saxophone players steeped in jazz. Andy Summers of Music/ThePolice popularized a clean guitar tone with the then-new chorus effect, and New Wave guitarists in general tried to avoid sounding like Music/EricClapton or Music/JimiHendrix.

New Wave started making a dent on the charts in 1978, and record companies took notice. 1979-83 were the peak years, starting with "My Sharona" by Music/TheKnack. Pretty much all of the pioneers were rocketed to stardom in the first two years; some of those stars stayed up, [[SophomoreSlump others fell]]. The whole genre was fading back into obscurity by the summer of '81; a lot of the early bands turned out to be [[ViewersAreMorons too eclectic for mainstream audiences]].

Creator/{{MTV}} re-launched New Wave with the first video they aired, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by Music/TheBuggles. Ever the experimentalists, New Wavers embraced the new medium, and pretty soon New Wave was a visual style too. The popularity of [[EightiesHair crazy hair]] and loud costumes in TheEighties starts here. MTV bought New Wave enough time for the best bands to hit their stride and establish themselves as mainstream rock bands.

MTV brought New Wave into the mainstream, but with success came {{Flanderization}} and ExecutiveMeddling. An avalanche of new bands, inspired by the earlier bands and signed up by eager record companies, flooded MTV and the radio, putting SturgeonsLaw into full effect. Most of these turned out to be {{One Hit Wonder}}s, but the new bands established a stereotypical New Wave look and sound: A FiveManBand (voice, guitar, synth, bass, and drums), good-looking, with EightiesHair and Music/DavidBowie-inspired outfits, playing an updated version of '60s pop and rock. It's this stereotype that people think of today.

New Wave burned out in the mid-'80s. Live Aid was both its [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome crowning achievement]] and its swan song. Record companies lost interest after the industry-changing success of ''Music/{{Thriller}}''. Many bands ran out of ideas, or grew weary of touring, and broke up. Others faded back into obscurity. A new generation of digital synthesizers appeared in 1983, making the old analog synths sound dated; any band that wanted to stay relevant had to embrace the new sound. The newer bands began to establish themselves, and they had a [[AdaptationDistillation much more radio-friendly sound]]. The SynthPop era had begun.

Not to be confused with the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal.

!The Pioneers:
[[index]]
* Music/AdamAndTheAnts
* Music/TheB52s
* Music/ToniBasil
* Music/TheBeat, or in America, The English Beat
* Music/{{Blondie}}
* Music/TheBoomtownRats
* Music/BowWowWow
* Music/TheBuggles
* Music/TheCars
* Music/CheapTrick
* Music/ElvisCostello
* Music/DanielAmos
* Music/{{Devo}}
* Music/DexysMidnightRunners
* Music/IanDuryAndTheBlockheads
* Music/DaveEdmunds
* Music/TheGoGos
* Music/TheHumanLeague
* Music/TheJam
* Music/JoeJackson
* Music/TheKnack
* Music/CyndiLauper
* Music/AnnieLennox
* Music/NickLowe
* Music/{{Madness}}
* Music/MidnightOil
* Music/TheModernLovers
* Music/GaryNuman
* Music/ThePolice
* Music/{{Pretenders}}
* Music/PsychedelicFurs
* Music/TheRumour
* Music/BrinsleySchwarz
* Music/TheSelecter
* Music/PeteShelley
* Music/{{Sparks}}
* Music/TheSpecials
* Music/{{Squeeze}}
* Music/TheStranglers
* Music/TalkingHeads
* Music/MidgeUre
* Music/WrecklessEric

!Later bands:
* Music/{{ABC}}
* Music/AFlockOfSeagulls
* Music/{{Alphaville}}
* Music/ArtOfNoise
* Music/TheAssociates
* Music/{{Bananarama}}
* Music/TheBangles
* Music/{{Billy Idol}}
* Music/CultureClub
* Music/TheCure
* {{Cyndi Lauper}}
* Music/DeadOrAlive
* Music/DepecheMode
* Music/Divinyls
* Music/ThomasDolby
* Music/DuranDuran
* Music/EchoAndTheBunnymen
* Music/{{Erasure}}
* Music/{{Eurythmics}}
* Music/{{Falco}}
* Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood
* Music/TheFixx
* Music/{{Haircut 100}}
* Music/{{Heaven 17}}
* Music/HotHotHeat
* Music/HowardJones
* Music/{{INXS}}
* Music/KenjiSawada (Visual period 1978-1985)
* Music/{{Level 42}}
* Music/KirstyMacColl
* Music/MenAtWork
* Music/MenWithoutHats
* Music/MissingPersons
* Music/ModernEnglish
* Music/MrMister
* Music/NewOrder
* Music/OrchestralManoeuvresInTheDark
* Music/OingoBoingo
* Music/RobertPalmer
* Music/PetShopBoys
* Music/{{Polysics}}
* Music/{{Pylon}}
* Music/{{Prince}}
* Music/PeterSchilling
* Music/SimpleMinds
* Music/SoftBallet
* Music/SoftCell
* Music/SpandauBallet
* Music/StrayCats
* Music/TearsForFears
* Music/TheThe
* Music/ThompsonTwins
* Til Tuesday
[[/index]]
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The LighterAndSofter counterpart to Music/PunkRock.

The line between Punk and New Wave is blurry; many New Wave bands started out as Punk bands. But New Wave expanded on Punk's primitivism, embracing experimentation and variety, to the point that New Wave is literally Genre Salad Music. Because of this, New Wave is an umbrella term for a wide variety of subgenres, though it is often used to refer to [[{{Flanderization}} one particular subgenre]], as will be discussed later. Along with its sister genre PostPunk, it is one of the major influences on AlternativeRock, and several New Wave bands such as The The, Music/MidnightOil and Music/NewOrder became AlternativeRock bands later in their careers.

New Wave came from several scenes in the early to mid '70s, including the original New York and UK Punk scenes; copycat Punk scenes all over America, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand; Pub Rock, a laid-back cousin of the UK Punk scene; PowerPop, a revival of mid-'60s three-minute rock, similar to Punk; [[RockAndRoll Rockabilly]] Revival, inspired by ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''; [[{{Ska}} 2 Tone]]; and early SynthPop. New Wave came together as these bands listened to and toured with each other.

Everyone was inspired by the [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple, direct]] rock of the '50s and '60s, and the Glam of the '70s. But New Wave went outside of rock, and at times consciously avoided sounding like it. Some of the synth players had classical training. Some bands had saxophone players steeped in jazz. Andy Summers of Music/ThePolice popularized a clean guitar tone with the then-new chorus effect, and New Wave guitarists in general tried to avoid sounding like Music/EricClapton or Music/JimiHendrix.

New Wave started making a dent on the charts in 1978, and record companies took notice. 1979-83 were the peak years, starting with "My Sharona" by Music/TheKnack. Pretty much all of the pioneers were rocketed to stardom in the first two years; some of those stars stayed up, [[SophomoreSlump others fell]]. The whole genre was fading back into obscurity by the summer of '81; a lot of the early bands turned out to be [[ViewersAreMorons too eclectic for mainstream audiences]].

Creator/{{MTV}} re-launched New Wave with the first video they aired, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by Music/TheBuggles. Ever the experimentalists, New Wavers embraced the new medium, and pretty soon New Wave was a visual style too. The popularity of [[EightiesHair crazy hair]] and loud costumes in TheEighties starts here. MTV bought New Wave enough time for the best bands to hit their stride and establish themselves as mainstream rock bands.

MTV brought New Wave into the mainstream, but with success came {{Flanderization}} and ExecutiveMeddling. An avalanche of new bands, inspired by the earlier bands and signed up by eager record companies, flooded MTV and the radio, putting SturgeonsLaw into full effect. Most of these turned out to be {{One Hit Wonder}}s, but the new bands established a stereotypical New Wave look and sound: A FiveManBand (voice, guitar, synth, bass, and drums), good-looking, with EightiesHair and Music/DavidBowie-inspired outfits, playing an updated version of '60s pop and rock. It's this stereotype that people think of today.

New Wave burned out in the mid-'80s. Live Aid was both its [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome crowning achievement]] and its swan song. Record companies lost interest after the industry-changing success of ''Music/{{Thriller}}''. Many bands ran out of ideas, or grew weary of touring, and broke up. Others faded back into obscurity. A new generation of digital synthesizers appeared in 1983, making the old analog synths sound dated; any band that wanted to stay relevant had to embrace the new sound. The newer bands began to establish themselves, and they had a [[AdaptationDistillation much more radio-friendly sound]]. The SynthPop era had begun.

Not to be confused with the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal.

!The Pioneers:
[[index]]
* Music/AdamAndTheAnts
* Music/TheB52s
* Music/ToniBasil
* Music/TheBeat, or in America, The English Beat
* Music/{{Blondie}}
* Music/TheBoomtownRats
* Music/BowWowWow
* Music/TheBuggles
* Music/TheCars
* Music/CheapTrick
* Music/ElvisCostello
* Music/DanielAmos
* Music/{{Devo}}
* Music/DexysMidnightRunners
* Music/IanDuryAndTheBlockheads
* Music/DaveEdmunds
* Music/TheGoGos
* Music/TheHumanLeague
* Music/TheJam
* Music/JoeJackson
* Music/TheKnack
* Music/CyndiLauper
* Music/AnnieLennox
* Music/NickLowe
* Music/{{Madness}}
* Music/MidnightOil
* Music/TheModernLovers
* Music/GaryNuman
* Music/ThePolice
* Music/{{Pretenders}}
* Music/PsychedelicFurs
* Music/TheRumour
* Music/BrinsleySchwarz
* Music/TheSelecter
* Music/PeteShelley
* Music/{{Sparks}}
* Music/TheSpecials
* Music/{{Squeeze}}
* Music/TheStranglers
* Music/TalkingHeads
* Music/MidgeUre
* Music/WrecklessEric

!Later bands:
* Music/{{ABC}}
* Music/AFlockOfSeagulls
* Music/{{Alphaville}}
* Music/ArtOfNoise
* Music/TheAssociates
* Music/{{Bananarama}}
* Music/TheBangles
* Music/{{Billy Idol}}
* Music/CultureClub
* Music/TheCure
* {{Cyndi Lauper}}
* Music/DeadOrAlive
* Music/DepecheMode
* Music/Divinyls
* Music/ThomasDolby
* Music/DuranDuran
* Music/EchoAndTheBunnymen
* Music/{{Erasure}}
* Music/{{Eurythmics}}
* Music/{{Falco}}
* Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood
* Music/TheFixx
* Music/{{Haircut 100}}
* Music/{{Heaven 17}}
* Music/HotHotHeat
* Music/HowardJones
* Music/{{INXS}}
* Music/KenjiSawada (Visual period 1978-1985)
* Music/{{Level 42}}
* Music/KirstyMacColl
* Music/MenAtWork
* Music/MenWithoutHats
* Music/MissingPersons
* Music/ModernEnglish
* Music/MrMister
* Music/NewOrder
* Music/OrchestralManoeuvresInTheDark
* Music/OingoBoingo
* Music/RobertPalmer
* Music/PetShopBoys
* Music/{{Polysics}}
* Music/{{Pylon}}
* Music/{{Prince}}
* Music/PeterSchilling
* Music/SimpleMinds
* Music/SoftBallet
* Music/SoftCell
* Music/SpandauBallet
* Music/StrayCats
* Music/TearsForFears
* Music/TheThe
* Music/ThompsonTwins
* Til Tuesday
[[/index]]
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Everyone was inspired by the [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple, direct]] rock of the '50s and '60s, and the Glam of the '70s. But New Wave went outside of rock, and at times consciously avoided sounding like it. Some of the synth players had classical training. Some bands had saxophone players steeped in jazz. Andy Summers of Music/ThePolice popularized a clean guitar tone with the then-new chorus effect, and New Wave guitarists in general tried to avoid sounding like EricClapton or JimiHendrix.

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Everyone was inspired by the [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth simple, direct]] rock of the '50s and '60s, and the Glam of the '70s. But New Wave went outside of rock, and at times consciously avoided sounding like it. Some of the synth players had classical training. Some bands had saxophone players steeped in jazz. Andy Summers of Music/ThePolice popularized a clean guitar tone with the then-new chorus effect, and New Wave guitarists in general tried to avoid sounding like EricClapton Music/EricClapton or JimiHendrix.
Music/JimiHendrix.



{{MTV}} re-launched New Wave with the first video they aired, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by Music/TheBuggles. Ever the experimentalists, New Wavers embraced the new medium, and pretty soon New Wave was a visual style too. The popularity of [[EightiesHair crazy hair]] and loud costumes in TheEighties starts here. MTV bought New Wave enough time for the best bands to hit their stride and establish themselves as mainstream rock bands.

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{{MTV}} Creator/{{MTV}} re-launched New Wave with the first video they aired, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by Music/TheBuggles. Ever the experimentalists, New Wavers embraced the new medium, and pretty soon New Wave was a visual style too. The popularity of [[EightiesHair crazy hair]] and loud costumes in TheEighties starts here. MTV bought New Wave enough time for the best bands to hit their stride and establish themselves as mainstream rock bands.



New Wave burned out in the mid-'80s. Live Aid was both its [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome crowning achievement]] and its swan song. Record companies lost interest after the industry-changing success of ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''. Many bands ran out of ideas, or grew weary of touring, and broke up. Others faded back into obscurity. A new generation of digital synthesizers appeared in 1983, making the old analog synths sound dated; any band that wanted to stay relevant had to embrace the new sound. The newer bands began to establish themselves, and they had a [[AdaptationDistillation much more radio-friendly sound]]. The SynthPop era had begun.

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New Wave burned out in the mid-'80s. Live Aid was both its [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome crowning achievement]] and its swan song. Record companies lost interest after the industry-changing success of ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''.''Music/{{Thriller}}''. Many bands ran out of ideas, or grew weary of touring, and broke up. Others faded back into obscurity. A new generation of digital synthesizers appeared in 1983, making the old analog synths sound dated; any band that wanted to stay relevant had to embrace the new sound. The newer bands began to establish themselves, and they had a [[AdaptationDistillation much more radio-friendly sound]]. The SynthPop era had begun.
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New Wave burned out in the mid-'80s. Live Aid was both its [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome crowing achievement]] and its swan song. Record companies lost interest after the industry-changing success of ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''. Many bands ran out of ideas, or grew weary of touring, and broke up. Others faded back into obscurity. A new generation of digital synthesizers appeared in 1983, making the old analog synths sound dated; any band that wanted to stay relevant had to embrace the new sound. The newer bands began to establish themselves, and they had a [[AdaptationDistillation much more radio-friendly sound]]. The SynthPop era had begun.

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New Wave burned out in the mid-'80s. Live Aid was both its [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome crowing crowning achievement]] and its swan song. Record companies lost interest after the industry-changing success of ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]''. Many bands ran out of ideas, or grew weary of touring, and broke up. Others faded back into obscurity. A new generation of digital synthesizers appeared in 1983, making the old analog synths sound dated; any band that wanted to stay relevant had to embrace the new sound. The newer bands began to establish themselves, and they had a [[AdaptationDistillation much more radio-friendly sound]]. The SynthPop era had begun.
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