Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Situation - Yaz

We finish up New Wave Month with a rare clip from my favorite new wave artist, Yaz (AKA - Yazoo).  This is one of their most popular tunes, with an instantly recognizable, fast-moving synthesizer and Alison Moyet's powerful vocals.   I hope you've enjoyed this month-long trip down new wave memory lane with me.  Stay tuned as we return to our regular mix of today's best hits and great tunes of the distant and not so distant past.  Peace!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - We Close Our Eyes - Go West

British duo Go West scored big a few times in the 80's and 90's with songs on the more pop/dance side of new wave music, and this was their very first and one of their biggest singles ever.  Check out We Close Our Eyes...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - White Wedding - Billy Idol

Hey little sister, what have you done?
British rocker Billy Idol got his start in the late 70's with the punk band Generation X, but he really came into his own in the early 80's and beyond starting with this great tune.  Oh yeah, it's a nice day, for a white wedding...

Monday, March 28, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Der Kommissar - Falco

The last time I posted this song, it was in English, but oftentimes I think the original is better, even when it's not in English.  Some of you may remember Falco, the Austrian recording artist who hit it big here in English (well, sort of!) with Rock Me Amadeus.  Most of you will know this tune in English from British new wave band After the Fire, or even maybe even Laura Branigan's version of it called Deep In the Dark.  Anyway, I've always loved the song, especially the cool guitarish track. In English or German, it's still a great tune.  Enjoy Der Kommissar...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

New Wave Song of the Day - A Little Respect - Erasure

I try to discover

A little something to make me sweeter

Oh baby refrain from breaking my heart
I'm so in love with you
I'll be forever blue
That you give me no reason
Why you're making me work so hard

That you give me no

That you give me no
That you give me no
That you give me no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me

Here's a favorite for Easter Sunday by one of the most enduring bands to come out of the new wave era.  Erasure, a duo consisting of singer/songwriter Andy Bell and keyboardist Vince Clarke, first broke onto the scene in 1985 with their debut set, Wonderland, and they've never looked back.  With a string of hits in the late 80's and beyond, these two have been making beautiful music together for 30-plus years now.  Here's one of my favorites, an anthemic and beautifully written song with catchy lyrics and an awesome melody.  Check out A Little Respect and here's wishing a Happy Easter to all who celebrate...

And if I should falter
Would you open your arms out to me
We can make love not war
And live at peace in our hearts
I'm so in love with you
I'll be forever blue
What religion or reason
Could drive a man to forsake his lover

Don't you tell me no
Don't you tell me no
Don't you tell me no
Don't you tell me no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me

Saturday, March 26, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Cars - Gary Numan

Here's one of the earliest songs to be considered new wave and has become a classic of the genre. British recording artist Gary Numan released the song in August of 1979 and though he had a string of hits in the U.K., this was his only major U.S. hit.  Check out Cars...

Friday, March 25, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant

Don't drink, don't smoke
What do you do?

This catchy ditty was a huge hit for Adam and the Ants front-man Adam Ant, who had just left the band to begin a solo career which never quite reached this same pinnacle again.  So click play below and relive an 80's new wave gem...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Cruel Summer - Bananarama

We're continuing on with the last week of New Wave Month and a trio of British gals who uniquely harmonized their way from early new wave roots with songs such as this one and Really Sayin' Something to a relatively short-lived super pop stardom on Venus and I Heard a Rumor.  Check out Bananarama's hypnotically haunting Cruel Summer...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Sex (I'm a) - Berlin

Berlin was a band out of Los Angeles that gained steam as the 80's rolled on.  Fronted by talented vocalist Terri Nunn, these guys reached their pinnacle in 1986 with Take My Breath Away, from the Top Gun Soundtrack.  Inspired by Hump Day, here's their first real hit from their second album, a tune that caused a lot of controversy in its day for the racy lyrics and suggestive content.  Check out Sex (I'm a)...  (The video is soooo 80's!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Words - Missing Persons

Ooh, this New Wave Month thing has been so easy!  There are so many great songs to choose from I have yet to find a day that's given me any sort of difficulty in the decision-making department.  Next up is the outrageously and overtly sexual Dale Bozzio and her band Missing Persons.  The band had several hits behind the quirky and high-pitched singer, including Destination Unknown, Give and Walking in L.A., but this one is hands down my favorite, and the first in this writer's memory to tackle this subject (see Madonna, Bedtime Stories, Words, Berlin, No More Words, et. al.).  So check out the funky Words....

Do you hear me?
Do you care?

Monday, March 21, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Dreaming - Blondie

When, I met you in a restaurant
You, could tell I was no debutante...

I can't believe it's already the 21st and I am just now getting to Blondie, one of the more successful bands of the new wave era.  It's hard to know where to start with Deborah Harry and gang.  They could have a blog post on their career all their own. Hmmmm?  Anyway, rather than post one of their super super hits, like Heart of Glass or Call Me, I thought I'd share one of my favorites of theirs, the sweet Dreaming... 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ten Great B-52's Tunes

For anyone who lived their formative years during the 1980's, new wave music was surely a part of that experience. As I've been talking about all month long, new wave music first came about in the late seventies and melded together two dying genres of music: punk and disco. With a more rockish sound than disco music and less of a harder edge than punk, new wave music became very popular during the decade and a great many stars were borne out of the movement.

One of the most enduring bands to come out of the new wave movement was the Athens, Georgia-based B-52's. The five-member group consisting of Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals), Keith Strickland (guitar, drums, keyboards), and Ricky Wilson (guitars) started their journey in 1976 and created an as yet unheard of type of sound that eventually skyrocketed them to garner a huge following that has spanned more than thirty years.

The band has been through a lot during that time, most notably enduring the loss of founding member Ricky Wilson to an AIDS-related illness in 1985. The death resulted in a temporary hiatus from making music for the devastated band, which wouldn't put out a new album until the hugely successful Cosmic Thing four years later. Collectively both before and after that album, The B-52s have amassed a nice collection of memorable tunes over the years, and here are my picks for their ten best:

10 - Legal Tender

The opening track to the band's third album, Whammy! is a slow, but steady moving ditty that pokes fun at the craft of counterfeiting. It's a fun tune that gets the album going in a nice way. Check it out...

#9 - Whammy Kiss

Whammy kiss me
Whammy hug
Revitalize me give me whammy love...
C'mon mammy, throw me that whammy

This song, the title track to the band's Whammy! hearkens to their first effort, with a steady, rhythmic music track coupled with lyrics that are incomprehensible, a staple of the band's sound. It's one of those things the band did so well and helped make them well, The B-52's! Check out Whammy Kiss...

#8 - Song for a Future Generation
Not a huge hit by any means in many places, but this tune from the Whammy! album is unique in that all five members of the band have a turn at taking lead vocal. The song is satirical in that it pokes fun at that part of the American dream about getting married and becoming whatever you want. Great song!

#7 - Roam
This eco-friendly, global village kind of tune was the follow-up to the immensely popular Love Shack and it's pretty good all on its own. The dual vocals here by Kate and Cindy are simply splendid in this feel-good tune...

#6 - Strobe Light
Is that you baby? Yeah!
Got something to tell ya. Oh, what?
I wanna see you tonight
I want you to walk in the door
I want you to lay on the floor
Cause tonight's the night
We make love under the strobe light...

One of this writer's personal favorites, Strobe Light is nothing but pure fun! The song is a wonderfully brilliant back and forth between Fred and Kate about getting together for some love under the light. Fabulous!

#5 - Planet Claire
This iconic tune is all about a chick from a foreign planet who drives a Plymouth Satellite and breathes pink air. With a long guitar intro and few lyrics, this opener to their debut set is classic B-52s!

#4 - Dance This Mess Around

Why don't you dance with me?
I'm not no limberger!

This song, from the B's first album, is slow and sultry at the verses (which borrow lyrics from the Supremes) and really gets going as Cindy belts out the nonsensical chorus, and the tune gets even more raucous as Fred joins in for the finale. I posted this one as Song of the Day the other day, so check it out here.

#3 - Private Idaho
This song, off of the B's sophomore record, Wild Planet in 1980, was my first ever experience with the group's sound. I remember it fondly: back when I was in my early 20's, I used to frequent a disco called Spectrum on Friday nights, and on a very regular basis, the deejay would play this quick-paced, crazy wonderful tune. I remember wanting to get a copy of it, but I had no idea who it was or even really what the heck they were singing. I finally asked the deejay and he shared it with me so I could make my purchase. And thus a B-52's fan was borne!

#2 - Love Shack

Though the B-52's had been around for more than twelve years by the time this one came out, they never really had a huge hit until this was released in 1989. The song, with such memorable lines as the famous, tin roof, rusted, helped make this one a million copy seller and catapulted the group into the pop stratosphere. Oh, and look for the supreme dragster Rupaul making her national debut in the video...

#1 - Rock Lobster
Even though Love Shack may be the B-52's most successful single ever, this is the one that put them on the map. From their debut eponymous album, Rock Lobster is the very symbol of what gave this group their own unique sound, with fast-moving guitar riffs that induce the body to move and lyrics that make absolutely no sense at all. The tune is the band's first to become a hit, hitting the #58 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1978, and remains as the band's best song. Check out a classic...

So there you go, the ten best songs from that iconic new wave band, The B-52s. Of course there are some honorable mentions bubbling just below the surface of the top ten that include such classics as Summer of Love, 52 Girls, Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland, Give Me Back My Man, and more. I hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane and stay tuned for more on John's Music World's New Wave Month.

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Never Say Never - Romeo Void

Here's another staple of those early days of MTV with Romeo Void and their biggest hit, the very cool, very new wave-ish Never Say Never...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Once In a Lifetime - Talking Heads

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself living in another part of the world
And you may find yourself living behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, 
Well, how did I get here?

We continue New Wave Month with Talking Heads.  The band, made up of lead vocalist David Byrne, drummer Chris Franz, bassist Tina Weymouth and keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison were borne out of the punk scene in the late 70's and segued nicely into the MTV video era with several hit tunes bolstered by airplay on the then fledgling channel.  Here' one of their best...

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Dance This Mess Around - B-52's

When you held my hand
Remember, when you were my man...

...Walk, talk, in the name of love
Before you break, my heart
Dancin' over
Roll it over in your mind...

At the time, there was no other sound like theirs, and I personally credit the B-52's for seguing the whole music scene from disco and punk into the new wave movement.  The lyrics, the vocals, the guitars, and the hair!  The B-52's have put their own unique spin on the American music catalog and there's never been any band quite like them since.

Why don't you dance with me,

I'm not no Limburger

I'm not no Limburger

Just a Limburger, Just a Limburger

Limburger?  Really?  Really!  These were the kinds of lyrics that put the B-52's so far out there from anyone else.  The lyrics may be nonsensical, but they've always been undeniably fun, even today. The song is as vintage as the clip, and there's even a little nod to the Supremes in the first verse, which to me is hella cool.  So with the weekend now upon us, it;s totally time to Dance This Mess Around... Enjoy!

If you are a bona fide B-52's fan like I am, then you're going to love the video at this link! It's a vintage clip of a performance at the Downtown Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978, before their master debut was even released.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Would I Lie to You - Eurythmics

Brit rockers Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were the creators of 7 albums and 25 singles in the 1980's, 10 of which hit the Top 40 here in the U.S.  Though the two of them both found success both before and after Eurythmics, it was their time together that put them on the music map.  Early on, before their sound changed to pure pop (like many others...Duran Duran, Police, INXS, et. al.), they were leaders in the new wave movement, some of their earlier songs like Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Love Is a Stranger, and Who's That Girl fitting the genre perfectly.  here's one that came well into the height of their popularity, a more poppish song, but hard rocking and pure fun.  Check out Would I Lie to You...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Whip It - Devo

Crack that whip!

We continue here with an early (1980) hit from these five strange dudes and their one-hit wonder. It's Whip It Wednesday...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Girls On Film - Duran Duran

Before they became a boy band pop sensation and waaay before they'd become a respectable long-term and bona fide rock group, the boys of Duran Duran were a little on the edgy side of the new wave of music sweeping the music world in the early 80's. With early tunes like Planet Earth and this one, originally from their 1981 debut eponymous album, their music was decidedly new wave. Check out the early sounds of Duran Duran on Girls On Film...

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Wave Song of the Day - I Got You - Split Enz

I don't know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes
And tell that I'm not lying

Here's an early tune from New Zealanders Split Enz.  I dunno, there's something about this, love, love the chorus....I know I'll be singing it all day!  Enjoy...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Life In One Day - Howard Jones

The old man said to me
Said don't always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

Don't try to live your life in one day
Don't go speed your time away
Don't try to live your life in one day
Don't go speed your time away

Sometimes creating a Song of the Day post can be a daunting task.  Howard Jones is an artist who found great success during the new wave era and he had quite a number of hits.  I knew I'd be posting a Jones' tune sometime this month and this morning I decided this was the day.  I perused all of the songs I have of his on my computer and decided on Life In One Day, which is one of my favorites. The song has got a sweet fluteish melody, with a little bit o' gospel thrown in for good measure, and it has a great message, too.  

Now I distinctly remember the video for the song.  It was a performance piece.  But I can't find it anywhere....grrrr!!!!  Of course it seems to be the only one of his tunes without the video available. ...probably some sort of legal reason...but after all of that searching I decided to post at least the audio version because some of the performance vids out there are poor quality and the song is that good! So without further adieu, here's Howard Jones' Life In One Day...

Saturday, March 12, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Love Plus One - Haircut 100

This quirky, island-ish tune was the only hit in America for these Brit boys from their 1982 debut Pelican West.  Though it wasn't a monster hit, it did get plenty of airplay on MTV and I've always enjoyed it.  Click play below and perhaps you will, too...

Friday, March 11, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Boy - Book of Love

I wanna be where the boys are
But I'm not allowed
I wait outside the boys bar
I wait for them to all come out

I haven't ordinarily categorized this as a new wave's under the 80's Dance playlist on my iPod, but it certainly fits into the new wave category, as well.  This was, and still is, one of my all time favorite 80's tunes.  It's dancey, it's sexy, and it's got a weird subject.  I'll let you guess what that is just from the lyrics snippet above.  Any-who, click play and enjoy...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Ten Favorite New Wave Tunes

The new wave movement was a direct result of the disco and punk music that flourished in the latter half of the 70's and waned in the early part of the 80's.  Shades of glam rock from even earlier times also reappeared to work their way into the mix as the video age of MTV paved the way for artists to express themselves visually.  This new genre of music blended the rebelliousness of punk rockers with the dance floor affability of those who mourned disco’s loss.  Much of it was silly, but danceable and fun, and sparked not only a musical craze that defined a decade, but a pop culture craze as well.

I grew up in the 80's and I feel fortunate to have done so.  Much of the new wave music from that time is an indelible part of the Soundtrack of My Life.  Listening to many of those tunes brings me back to a time when I really didn't know all that much about life, but I was enjoying it like no other time.

That's me on the left in some new wave gear 
from a Halloween party somewhere in the mid-80's

Since it's New Wave Month, I thought I'd share ten of my favorite new wave songs.  It's difficult to narrow it down to just ten because there were so many good tunes back in those days that still bring me back and make me move my feet.  So many acts contributed their fair share to 80’s music and are an indelible part of that Soundtrack of My Life, like Duran Duran, Divo, Culture Club, Blondie, the B-52’s, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Dead or Alive, A Flock of Seagulls, and many more.  I guess that's why I've been devoting a whole month to the genre.  

Anyway, here’s my personal choices for the ten best new wave songs.  I hope you enjoy...

10- Lies - Thompson Twins

Lies is a magnetic track that’s got a typically new wave feel.  With synth sounds, catchy lyrics, and ethnic musical samples added in for fun, this one is a classic of the genre.  Here's a clip of them performing the tune on an old music program you may remember called Solid Gold...

9- Private Idaho - The B-52’s

This early B-52’s smash from their Wild Planet record is a fast moving, dance inducing, and utterly silly tune that’s classic B’s sound.  Love, love, love this one...

You're living in your own Private Idaho
Living in your own Private Idaho
On the ground like a wild potato...

8- Blue Monday - New Order

This song was a club smash for the group off of its 1987 album Substance.  It had been a smash earlier in the UK and was reincarnated several times during the decade and beyond only to reach the charts again.  This seven-plus minute song is a bass-heavy, haunting track that oddly contains no traditional chorus.  The tune is dance floor friendly and irresistible to sing along to.  Check it out on John's Music World;s Song of the Day post from last September right here.

7- I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses

This case of naughty girl cockiness was a one hit wonder for this new wave group.  The tune was featured in the 80’s teen comedy The Last American Virgin and the sound is all 80’s, and a lot of fun!  I just posted it the other day and you can check it out here.

6- Goody Two Shoes- Adam Ant

Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?

This catchy ditty was a radio smash for Adam and unforgettably fun for us.   Check it out...

5- Here Comes the Rain Again - Eurythmics

The Eurythmics, a duo made up of Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox, were one of the more successful groups of the genre and of the decade.  Included among their string of top 40 hits was this haunting tune, and video, taking the listener on a hypnotic journey through Lennox’s desolate emotions. Relive this one right here...


4- You Spin Me (Right Around) - Dead or Alive

I just posted Dead or Alive the other day because they were such an underground sensation during the new wave era who spurned a loyal following, myself among them.  In what was their largest success to date, You Spin Me (Right Around) filled dance floors all over the place with its captivating rhythms and chorus.  The tune was sampled by Flo Rida a couple of years back, but before that it would become the first of a string of hits for the group, which still maintains a devoted fan base to this day. Get ready to dance...

3- Situation - Yaz

Originally known as Yazoo, this duo comprised of Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clark and vocalist Alison Moyet released two classic albums during the new wave era.  Their debut, Upstairs at Eric’s, is a classic album featuring the #1 US dance hit Situation.  This one nears the top of this list for its uniquely identifiable keyboard-based track and Moyet’s powerful vocals.    

2- I Ran (So Far Away) - Flock of Seagulls

Two things come to mind when I think of a Flock of Seagulls; I Ran (So Far Away) and bad hair!  This one’s a classic, with catchy lyrics and signature eighties synth-pop rhythms.  It's so iconic of the era that I posted it as Song of the Day right here.

1-Rock Lobster - The B-52’s

With a hypnotic guitar melody and nonsensical lyrics, Rock Lobster seduced a legion of music lovers and became an instant classic in the new genre of music that would come to be known as “new wave”.  Fred Schneider’s one of a kind vocals, paired with the harmonious duo of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, play off each other in perfect synch here.  “Rock Lobster” is the ultimate in frenzied fun!  Check it out...

So there you have it!  If you were around in the 80's, you're sure to remember virtually all of them. Have other favorite new wave tunes?  I'd love to hear what you love in the comments below.  In the meantime, stay tuned for more New Wave Month...

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

When I'm with you baby
I go out of my head
And I just can't get enough
And I just can't get enough

All the things you do to me
And everything you said
I just can't get enough
I just can't get enough

We continue New Wave Month here on John's Music World with a bona fide supergroup borne out of the era.  Yes, the boys of Depeche Mode have been going at it for quite a long time now (30+ years!) with some tried and true staying power that's given them a huge fan base and they're still going at it. Here's one of their earlier hits, a fun, catchy tune from back in 1981...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - I Ran (So Far Away) - Flock of Seagulls

Here's an iconic new wave tune from Brit group Flock of Seagulls.  The year was 1982 and that hair, oh that hair...but the song was sooo good!  Check out I Ran (So Far Away)...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - My Heart Goes Bang - Dead or Alive

The other night a close friend told me
Never let your heart fall into careless hands
I said thanks that's very nice
Appreciate your good advice
But things don't always go the way that I planned

Oh oh oh,
You you you 
Break my heart and shake it up
You you you
Take my heart and break it up
Get me to the doctor
My heart goes bang bang bang bang

Now on the more dancey side of new wave music is one of my favorite 80's groups, Dead or Alive. Lead by androgynous singer Pete Burns, these guys really hit the big time with their sophomore album, 1985's Youthquake, and continued on with another great one, 1987's Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know.  The former produced four hit tracks, including the #1 smash You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and their high energy style always filled up dance floors everywhere.  Here's one of them, a #15 dance record for the boys and one of my favorites off of Youthquake.  Check out My Heart Goes Bang...

Monday, March 7, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - He's So Unusual/Yeah Yeah - Cyndi Lauper


Though Cyndi Lauper eventually became a bona fide legend in her time, it may not have seemed like she'd get as far as she did way back when.  Her first album is really the only part of her music catalog that I would consider new wave, and I'm not talking Girls Just Wanna Have Fun or Time After Time. No, even though there is some pretty great classic pop on that legendary debut, She's So Unusual, the majority of the set is classic new wave, a bit off center, danceable, and lots and lots of fun.  

You talk of sweeties, bashful sweeties
I've got one of those
Oh, he's handsome as can be
But he worries me

He goes to college and gathers knowledge
Oh, what that boy knows!
He's up on his Latin and Greek
But in his chicin' he's weak

Cause when I want some lovin'
And I've got to have some lovin'
He says please, stop it please
He's so unusual!

Ah, that is the first part of a great two-tune finale to the record, done in Betty Bop style.  At this point, the set jumps quickly into a frenzied and fun song that I just love!  New wave music at its best! Check out a very cool adaptation of He's So Unusual/Yeah Yeah...

Ya know, I would let him pet me
But the darned fool doesn't let me
Cause he's so unusual he drives me wild
Boop boop be doop

Sunday, March 6, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - What You Need - INXS

On the more rockish side of the new wave scene was a talented Aussie band lead by singer Michael Hutchence, who reminded many of a modern day Jim Morrison.  The band, INXS, had a string of hits throughout the 80's, and persevered through the 90's, as well, but the tragic death of Hutchence in November 1997 ultimately removed the band from appearing on any radar on the music scene. Here's one of their best tunes, a high energy jam from 1985 called What You Need...

Saturday, March 5, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds

Here's one of the biggest new wave hits of the 80's.  That could be from its appearance on the soundtrack to one of John Hughes' most famous movies of the decade, The Breakfast Club.  If you were around back in 85' or if you ever saw the film, then you definitely know this one...

Friday, March 4, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club

Give me time to realize my crime 

Let me love and steal.
I have danced inside your eyes 
How can I be real.

The year was 1982 and something the world had never seen before was about to be unleashed. Culture Club's Do You Really Want to Hurt Me was released in the US in November of that year and hit the #3 spot on the charts for three consecutive weeks.  It would be the first of several hits to hit the charts in the coming years for the British band.  With a steady, reggae-ish beat and Boy George's unique vocal sound, this one certainly resonated with music lovers everywhere, although at first no one knew what to make of this mysterious, new, androgynous lead singer.  Of course, George's immense talent as both a singer and a songwriter, as well as his penchant for showmanship, far outweighed any type of negative vibes thrown their way and the band, and he, went on to immense success.  Check out Do You Really Want to Hurt Me...

Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses

Here's a new wave favorite for your Thursday.  This 1982 jam by low-budget one hit wonder new wave band The Waitresses is simply irresistible.  I don't know anyone who knows this new wave classic that doesn't love it!  Check out I Know What Boys Like....sassy and saucy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Turning Japanese - The Vapors

Welcome to Day Two of our March New Wave Month on John's Music World.  Here's an early new wave tune from 1980 by a one hit wonder called The Vapors.  Both the song and the video are so 80's...kitchy and fun!  So start your Hump Day with about 4 minutes of kitchy fun and click play...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Wave Month Song of the Day - Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat

Two years ago, when I was still doing Song of the Day posts on John's World, March was New Wave Month.  Well I like doing themed months and since it's been awhile since I've listened to any new wave music, I figured let's go for it again.  So here's the intro I wrote on John's World's 1st New Wave Month two years back...the same will stick today:

I first became aware of new wave music probably a little later than many, but around the same time as most. For many of you, like me, MTV will certainly invade your minds this month because the then-innovative and groundbreaking channel gave new wave not only a place to be heard, but a visual, too, which contributed to the style, the fashion, and the popular culture at the time. An alternative lifestyle that went mainstream.

So look for posts that will jar your memories if you were growing up at the time. I hope to bring you to a happy place, too, reliving great times spent in blissful youth, with songs that are like precious files tucked away in the documents of your mind. Look to see and read about some great 80's new wave bands like Blondie, The B-52s, Duran Duran, INXS, Erasure, New Order, Depeche Mode, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, and some classic one-hit wonders that were theCall Me Maybe's and Somebody That I Used to Know's of their time.

First up this month is high-pitched singer Jimmy Somerville and his band Bronski Beat.  The song typified the new wave sound...heavy on synthesizers, and a little rockish, only danceable.  Oh I remember dancing to this one at the height of the evening back in 1984.  Check out Bronski Beat's Smalltown Boy...