Jules’s Jukebox: 1980, pt. 3–New Wave

The first year of the 80s provided an eclectic mix of music. As disco waned, rock acts found a solid Top 40 voice (think AC/DC, Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker,” or Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” or Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock n Roll”), and the rise of New Wave. New Wave rose in the late 70s from punk, and by the mid 80s married disco and electronic music to create a style that has endured and flourished in the 2000’s as well. It has also been called a variety of other names like Synthpop, Technopop, and New Music.

Two hits that make just about any playlist from the 80s are:

“What I Like about You” by The Romantics

The Romantics other top hit was “Talking in Your Sleep,” but this song has stood the test of time as part of the sound of a generation.

“Train in Vain” by The Clash

The Clash have authentic punk bona fides, but by the time they hit American radios, they were clearly lumped with New Wave in the New World. “Train in Vain” was the first real taste the heartland of America got of the British group. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and “Rock the Casbah” became mainstays as well.

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