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Best new wave songs (a very incomplete list):

[by best, I mean the songs that made me get off my ass and dance instead of sitting there in the club looking all glum and goth and apathetic]

  • Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
  • Flock Of Seagulls - Telecommunication
  • Flash & The Pan - Hey, St. Peter
  • Jam - Start!
  • Motors - Love and Lonliness
  • Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away
  • Squeeze - Up The Junction
  • Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
  • The Cure - Why Can't I Be You
  • Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirt
  • Reflex - Politics of Dancing
  • Heaven 17 - Let Me Go
  • Jona Lewie- (You’ll Always Find Me In The) Kitchen At Parties
  • Peter Godwin - Images of Heaven
  • Pete Shelley - Homosapien
  • Q-Feel - Dancing in Heaven
  • Polecats - Make A Circuit With Me
  • Tim Scott - Swear
  • Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi
  • Blancmange - Living on the Ceiling
  • APB - One Day
  • Shriekback - Nemesis
  • Ministry - I Wanted to Tell Her

I can tell you, from memory, that when I danced to these songs I was mostly likely wearing a black/cobalt blue miniskirt with some kind of shiny, pleather belt; torn, black stockings; a punk rock band t-shirt, nearly ripped to shreds; spiked up hair. Shoes had been kicked off much earlier in the night. Let's just say I'm glad no one ever thought of bringing a camera to Spit!, our new wave club of choice on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays (the other days it was a disco, Uncle Sam's). Huge dance floor, enormous bar - they also had a lot of shows there. I remember seeing Men at Work and Madness there. I'm sure there were others, maybe APB. Around this time I also saw U2 at a small night club on the island, and The Fixx at a roller rink!

Comments

Hurray for "The Politics of Dancing"!

That's the soundtrack to my house! My husband is such a NW fan. The fact that I know nearly all of these songs scares me....

I love Plastic Bertrand. One of my favorite all-time dance songs.

I would add Yaz - Situation to my list. That one always makes me want to dance.

I always have a problem figuring out exactly what is new wave and what isn't. Some things are obvious, but is 'til Tuesday's "Voices Carry" new wave?

Not that it matters. I still have the hots for Aimee Mann.

Don't know if you're familiar with it but this has been like crack to my Ipod.

The first songs that came into my head upon viewing this post were the Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" and Romeo Void's "Never Say Never" (what can I say -- always been a sucker for bands with a sax player...)

OMD - Electricity
Men Without Hats - Our House
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
Bow Wow Wow - C30, C60, C90, Go!
Adam Ant - Stand and Deliver
Psychadelic Furs - Love My Way

My Twenty Best New Wave Songs

(And when I say best, I mean those that made me pause in consuming alcohol for a moment.)

. Flock of Seagulls -- I Ran (Saw them at the Peppermint Lounge and they were great fun. Or was I drunk?)
. Devo -- Working in a Coal Mine
. Devo -- Peek-a-Boo
. Eurythmics -- Sweet Dreams
. Love & Rockets -- Ball of Confusion
. Nina -- 99 Luftballoons (she says 'Captain Kirk')
. Falco -- Der Kommissar
. After the Fire -- Der Kommissar
. The Fixx -- Deeper and Deeper
. Adam Ant -- Goody Two Shoes
. Stray Cats -- Stray Cat Strut (does this count as New Wave?)
. Thomas Dolby -- Blinded Me With Science
. Franky Goes to Hollywood -- Relax (Okay, so sue me)
. Human League -- Don't You Love Me Baby
. Blondie -- Heart of Glass
. Talking Heads -- Life During Wartime
. Billy Idol -- White Wedding (It's still good)
. The B-52s -- Private Idaho
. The Call -- And the Walls Came Down
. The Cars -- Moving in Stereo, It's All Mixed Up (Lets not forget the Cars, boys and girls...)

You can tell by this list that I basically was a slave to whatever was in the W-LIR rotation. But I haven't bought any of it until recently (it's that nostalgia thing kicking in). Mostly at the time I bought Clash and Pink Floyd...

You can tell by this list that I basically was a slave to whatever was in the W-LIR rotation.

That's where all my music came from. The WLIR Screamers of the Week ruled.

I loved WLIR. The Heyday of WLIR iMix on iTunes is fantastic.

If we're going to go Bubble Gum Wave...I unapologetically add:

Katrina and the Waves: Walkin' on Sunshine

Ducking and running...

Oh yeah, The Screamer of the Week! I had forgotten about that.

Great station. Played a smattering of Clash and other Punk in addition to New Wave. Then it turned into something else that rather sucked (I forgot the call letters), and now I see by the website that it's back to WLIR again, although on a different frequency (I'm in New England, now). Same outfit?