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posted by Barry at
This clip motivated me to watch Nick Lowe's "Cruel to be Kind".I keep forgetting that New Wave music started in the 70s, not the 80s.It's a modest annoyance that we (I speak in general, here) rely too strongly on decade-labels to describe things -- "the excess of the 80s", "50s-era fashion", etc. Things like New Wave clearly spanned two decades. But number-labels are easier to hold in our heads because they're so clear-cut. Unlike the actual world they describe.
By phil, at 8:51 PM
First record that made me aware of the "new wave" was Talking Heads 77, although i think Patti Smith had some records out before then.Somewhere in the big box of things that i've lugged from place to place over the decades without ever opening is a Sire Records promotional t-shirt featuring Bugs Bunny on the front, wearing a leather jacket over a white t-shirt with the Sire Records logo on it, and a pair of Chucks. On the back of the shirt it has a dictionary entry for "New Wave Music: Get behind it before it gets past you."Earlier this year i scored a Brinsley Schwarz reissue CD of Nervous on the Road, and The New Favourites of . . , originally released in 72 and 74 respectively. "What's so funny 'bout . . .?" originally appeared on New Favourites. EC's first Stiff records releases were in 76 or 77 also, if i remember. Stiff (If it ain't Stiff, it ain't worth a fuck!) was arguably the most influential New Wave label, certainly on the British side of the ocean.
By Barry, at 9:12 PM
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