By Theodore Cateforis
—Mark Spicer, coeditor of Sounding Out Pop
New wave emerged on the flip of the Eighties as a pop song flow forged within the photograph of punk rock’s sneering demeanor, but rendered extra available and complex. Artists comparable to the autos, Devo, the conversing Heads, and the Human League leapt into the pinnacle forty with a unique sound that broke with the staid rock clichés of the Seventies and pointed how one can a extra glossy pop style.
In Are We now not New Wave? Theo Cateforis offers the 1st musical and cultural heritage of the recent wave move, charting its upward thrust out of mid-1970s punk to its ubiquitous early Eighties MTV presence and downfall within the mid-1980s. The publication additionally explores the meanings in the back of the music’s exact traits—its attribute whiteness and anxiousness; its playful irony, digital melodies, and crossover experimentations. Cateforis lines new wave’s glossy sensibilities again to the space-age client tradition of the past due 1950s/early 1960s.
Three a long time after its upward push and fall, new wave’s impression looms huge over the modern pop scene, recycled and celebrated not just in reunion excursions, VH1 nostalgia specials, and “80s evening” dance golf equipment yet within the tune of artists as varied as Rihanna, girl Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and the Killers.
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Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s (Tracking Pop) by Theodore Cateforis