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Punk and New Wave Reviews

Husker Du New Day Rising

Rock music underwent a revolution in the late 1970s. A new generation of acts arrived, often stripping their sound back with basic songs and simple arrangements. Some of these bands failed to make a huge dent commercially, despite critical acclaim, while others like U2 and Blondie rode their stripped-down sound to international success.

Punk and new wave were a vehicle for a new generation of musicians to gain record deals, but a lot of the new generation turned out to be extremely sophisticated writers – ambitious composers like Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Andy Partridge didn’t stay punk for long, instead veering off into different genres.

Major acts who I’m planning to cover include Blondie, X, The Pretenders, and Joe Jackson.

The Clash London Calling

The Clash

Perhaps the most celebrated band to emerge from the 1970’s punk movement, The Clash started as a straight-out punk band. But … Continue Reading The Clash

Elvis Costello

Of all the musicians who emerged in the wake of punk in the late 1970s, Elvis Costello perhaps has the … Continue Reading Elvis Costello

Echo & the Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen vocalist Ian McCulloch started his career in the humbly named Crucial Three, alongside Julian Cope and … Continue Reading Echo & the Bunnymen

16 Lovers Lane The Go-Betweens

The Go-Betweens

It’s difficult to explain the appeal of The Go-Betweens; Robert Forster and Grant McLennan are neither strikingly talented guitarists nor … Continue Reading The Go-Betweens

Husker Du Zen Arcade

Hüsker Dü

Hüsker Dü started as a hardcore punk act in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1979, with Bob Mould on guitar and … Continue Reading Hüsker Dü

The Jam

The Jam was formed by a group of young teens in Woking, a town on the edge of London. Guitarist … Continue Reading The Jam

Joy Division Closer

Joy Division

Joy Division were one of several prominent bands who were inspired by the Sex Pistols’ famous 1976 gig in Manchester … Continue Reading Joy Division

The Police

English trio The Police released their first album in 1978, but weren’t particularly punk, immediately apparent from their choice of … Continue Reading The Police

The Replacements Let It Be

The Replacements

Yet another great musical act to come out of the state of Minnesota (see also Bob Dylan, Prince, Hüsker Dü, … Continue Reading The Replacements

Talking Heads Remain in Light

Talking Heads

Talking Heads began their career in legendary New York club CBGB, effectively the focal point for American New Wave;  The Ramones, Television, … Continue Reading Talking Heads

Television Marquee Moon


There were a plethora of musical acts that originated from the CBGBs club in New York in the mid-1970s; The … Continue Reading Television


U2 started as a post-punk band, emerging from Ireland with their 1980 debut Boy. Like a lot of bands from … Continue Reading U2

XTC Skylarking


Formed in Swindon around songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, XTC started their career as a glam band. Their recording … Continue Reading XTC

Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady

Punk and New Wave Miscellany

These punk and new wave artists are covered briefly below: The B-52’s Buzzcocks The Cars The B-52’s Time Capsule: Songs … Continue Reading Punk and New Wave Miscellany