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What was the ultimate New Wave ballad?

You only get to choose one.

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by Anonymousreply 179December 6, 2023 12:59 AM

"Lovesong" by The Cure.

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by Anonymousreply 1December 2, 2023 12:34 PM

"Suddenly, Last Summer"

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by Anonymousreply 2December 2, 2023 12:36 PM

Power of Love

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by Anonymousreply 3December 2, 2023 12:37 PM
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by Anonymousreply 4December 2, 2023 12:39 PM
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by Anonymousreply 5December 2, 2023 12:40 PM

"Friday I'm in Love" is another good one by The Cure.

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by Anonymousreply 6December 2, 2023 12:45 PM

Thompson Twins - If You Were Here.

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by Anonymousreply 7December 2, 2023 12:51 PM

"Mad World" by Tears for Fears

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by Anonymousreply 8December 2, 2023 1:02 PM

Thread closed

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by Anonymousreply 9December 2, 2023 2:50 PM

R9 God no

by Anonymousreply 10December 2, 2023 2:53 PM

I melt with you

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by Anonymousreply 12December 2, 2023 2:58 PM
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by Anonymousreply 13December 2, 2023 3:02 PM

True Colors or Time After Time should be in the top 10, but probably not #1.

by Anonymousreply 14December 2, 2023 3:07 PM

"Where Hides Sleep" by Alison Moyet.

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by Anonymousreply 15December 2, 2023 3:11 PM

"Save A Prayer" Duran Duran. This wasn't a chart hit in the U.S. but it caught on as an album track and still gets airplay.

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by Anonymousreply 16December 2, 2023 3:15 PM

Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now."

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by Anonymousreply 17December 2, 2023 3:16 PM

R12 Ballad, Rose, not new wave techno disco.

by Anonymousreply 18December 2, 2023 3:21 PM

“Only You” by Yazoo

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by Anonymousreply 19December 2, 2023 3:25 PM

You beat me by seconds, r19! Thread closed!

by Anonymousreply 20December 2, 2023 3:26 PM

OMD “Love My Way” to me is more New Wave than “If You Leave.”

by Anonymousreply 21December 2, 2023 3:27 PM

I love all these songs! Many of them are written in the same keys (D, E, and F major).

Does anyone have synesthesia? I’ve always associated these songs with a beautiful shade of blue. Maybe subliminally from the Hold Me Now video.

Also seriously r12 wtf.

by Anonymousreply 22December 2, 2023 3:30 PM

Flock of Seagulls “Space Age Love Song”

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by Anonymousreply 23December 2, 2023 3:30 PM
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by Anonymousreply 24December 2, 2023 3:34 PM

A country ballad turned effortlessly into a new wave anthem

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by Anonymousreply 25December 2, 2023 3:34 PM

^ Too disco.

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by Anonymousreply 26December 2, 2023 3:35 PM

You should've done a poll OP.

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by Anonymousreply 27December 2, 2023 3:36 PM
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by Anonymousreply 28December 2, 2023 3:37 PM

How could you?

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by Anonymousreply 29December 2, 2023 3:38 PM

Per Bing

Here are some popular 80s new wave ballads that were written in E major:

“The Promise” by When in Rome

“True” by Spandau Ballet

“Eyes Without a Face” by Billy Idol

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds

by Anonymousreply 30December 2, 2023 3:38 PM

R25, R27, and R28 need to consult a dictionary for the term "ballad."

by Anonymousreply 31December 2, 2023 3:39 PM

Funny enough - I saw a lot of these bands just 2 weeks ago at a music festival in SoCal. OMD, Soft Cell, Tears for Fears (Human League, DEVO, New Order, B-52's, English Beat, and Violent Femmes also played).

I'm just saying this to stir up some jealousy. I'll find the exit.

by Anonymousreply 32December 2, 2023 3:40 PM

I see this as a NW ballad but can understand others might not see it in that light -

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by Anonymousreply 33December 2, 2023 3:41 PM

R27 Tainted love was written in 1967

It’s not a ballad

If you wanted a Soft Cell ballad, you should have chosen this one

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by Anonymousreply 34December 2, 2023 3:41 PM

VISAGE - Fade To Grey

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by Anonymousreply 35December 2, 2023 3:43 PM

Everybody Wants to Rule the world is a brilliant song and probably the most meta 80s song ever written.

However, it is a meditation on power and powerlessness and would not be considered a ballad, although it shares the same key as many ballads.

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by Anonymousreply 37December 2, 2023 3:55 PM

R26 has it. It’s “Eyes Without a Face.”

Thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 38December 2, 2023 4:03 PM

China Girl

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by Anonymousreply 39December 2, 2023 4:22 PM

Among the big hits, I'd say yes it's Spandau Ballet's True.

by Anonymousreply 40December 2, 2023 4:37 PM

The Yazoo and Culture Club hits are also very good and timeless.

The inspirations built into True include Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and Nabokov's Lolita, quoted: "with a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue".

by Anonymousreply 41December 2, 2023 4:44 PM

Paging Howard Jones….

by Anonymousreply 42December 2, 2023 4:46 PM

So many good voices, above! Tony Hadley had a great voice. Where are the great voices today?

by Anonymousreply 43December 2, 2023 4:47 PM

Oh damn. I missed the ballad part in OP’s post. I was just posting songs that I felt represented that quintessential New Wave sound.

by Anonymousreply 44December 2, 2023 5:03 PM

Not really New Wave, but of the same time period. I love Siouxsie's vocals in this. At the time, many of the diehards hated this album at first because it was a departure from the Banshees' sound. Also Siouxsie chopped her hair off.

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by Anonymousreply 45December 2, 2023 5:04 PM

R45 - great addition to the thread - one of their best songs among so many.

Personally, I would never put Spandau Ballet into the "new wave" category - but I guess it's not a really well-defined term.

To me, new wave had to have a sound that was relatively unique (synth, drums, guitar) and/or have lyrics that were unique, dark, or about unexpected topics.

Spandau Ballet's True is just a fucking love song with an awful sax. Nothing new wave about that at all.

by Anonymousreply 46December 2, 2023 5:27 PM

Oh for crissakes Spandau Ballet has been classified a New Wave band by almost every music historian and music critic, ever. As well as by the industry. You have a point that True isn't edgy at all. And that was on purpose.

by Anonymousreply 47December 2, 2023 5:33 PM

R47 - right, so if Dolly Parton makes a rock song, then the song is country by default?

"True" is easy-listening adult contemporary and is not new wave, despite the band's previous efforts.


by Anonymousreply 48December 2, 2023 5:43 PM

R46's statement reads to be about the BAND, not the song. Be more precise, and you wouldn't have to backpedal.

by Anonymousreply 49December 2, 2023 5:46 PM

Everyone here knows the answer is Spandau Ballet's TRUE. You may not like it, but it's the one.

by Anonymousreply 50December 2, 2023 5:47 PM

Everyone here now knows R50 is an idiot. He doesn't like it, but it's TRUUUUUE!

I know, I know, I KNOW this much is true.

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by Anonymousreply 52December 2, 2023 5:58 PM

Captain of My Heart 💜

by Anonymousreply 53December 2, 2023 6:06 PM

The Killing Moon

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by Anonymousreply 55December 2, 2023 6:09 PM

Save a Prayer

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by Anonymousreply 56December 2, 2023 6:10 PM


That iconic moment at the end of Sixteen Candles…

by Anonymousreply 57December 2, 2023 6:13 PM

Robert De Niro's Waiting!

It's about rape!

by Anonymousreply 58December 2, 2023 6:15 PM

Psycho Killer

Life During Wartime

by Anonymousreply 59December 2, 2023 6:16 PM

A few people here have no idea what a ballad is.

by Anonymousreply 60December 2, 2023 6:19 PM

r48 incorrect

by Anonymousreply 61December 2, 2023 6:20 PM

R61 - tell us exactly what in "True" makes it a new wave song?

by Anonymousreply 62December 2, 2023 6:24 PM

Just Like Heaven.

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by Anonymousreply 63December 2, 2023 6:26 PM

does everyone in this thread know what a 'ballad' is? geez

by Anonymousreply 64December 2, 2023 6:26 PM


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by Anonymousreply 65December 2, 2023 6:27 PM

R62 would you just shut the fuck up?! You can ask the same hissy fit obstinate stickler question about half the popular "New Wave Ballads".

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by Anonymousreply 66December 2, 2023 6:28 PM

[quote]Almost no one here has any idea what a ballad is.


by Anonymousreply 67December 2, 2023 6:30 PM

R65 Quick Cliff Notes: dreary, maudlin, suicidal

by Anonymousreply 68December 2, 2023 6:30 PM

I Feel For You by Chaka Khan

by Anonymousreply 69December 2, 2023 6:42 PM

R66 - you're the one having a hissy fit. I ask for clarification on this topic because people are all over the fucking place.

You're just pissed off because you voted for "True" upthread and now can't justify your response.

And I would agree - Time by Culture Club is not a New Wave song either. But Do You Really Want to Hurt Me is.

Some of the above posts were both new wave and ballads, "True" just isn't. Neither is Eurythmics Here Comes the Rain Again - although it's a wonderful song.

by Anonymousreply 70December 2, 2023 6:43 PM

🥰👍🏻🤡👏 noted New Wave artist Chaka Khan in her greatest ballad!

by Anonymousreply 71December 2, 2023 6:44 PM

Hold On For One More Day by Willson Philips

by Anonymousreply 72December 2, 2023 6:47 PM

R70 no you're being a stickler and a prig. New Romantic is a subgenera of New Wave so New Wave does accommodate the white soul New Romantic stylings. How much edge can you really put in a ballad? You can, but it won't be the "ultimate" if that includes the most popular.

by Anonymousreply 73December 2, 2023 6:49 PM

This is TOTALLY New Wave. Again, would you kindly shut your trap, Miss Thing?

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by Anonymousreply 74December 2, 2023 6:51 PM

I'm posting Madonna, not so much because she's a great example of New Wave, but because the New Wave crowd loved her, too. Including me.

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by Anonymousreply 75December 2, 2023 7:48 PM

Well if that's the way we're playing it, I'm posting Dusty Springfield Look of Love because she later cut a track with Pet Shop Boys and they were never New Wave but the New Wave crowd moved on to like them, too.

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by Anonymousreply 76December 2, 2023 7:55 PM

Don't forget moi! I was New Wave Something or Nutter

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by Anonymousreply 77December 2, 2023 8:00 PM

Billy Idol is not new wave, r26.

Interesting that you’d cite PSB — possibly the ultimate new wave band — as “too disco” but then post “eyes without a face,” which is arguably not new wave and definitely not a ballad.

by Anonymousreply 78December 2, 2023 8:04 PM

Mickey by Toni Basil!

by Anonymousreply 79December 2, 2023 8:08 PM

My Camera Never Lies by Bucks Fizz

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by Anonymousreply 80December 2, 2023 8:13 PM

Elvis Costello's Alison, of course.

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by Anonymousreply 81December 2, 2023 8:14 PM

Aren't PSB mostly categorized as synth-pop, first and foremost. And dance?

by Anonymousreply 82December 2, 2023 8:16 PM

Psychedelic Furs, “The Ghost In You”.

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by Anonymousreply 83December 2, 2023 8:32 PM

Agree with Suddenly Last Summer (Motels), "Hold Me Now," and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Those songs make me feel sad and wistful (Mary!) and take me back to my very young adulthood.

I would agree that True is not New Wave and, somehow, Billy Idol is New Wave-adjacent, but his music was definitely welcome at the time. Billy Idol was a lot more rock or punkish. Forgot to Be a Lover was a really good song and yes, not a ballad.

by Anonymousreply 84December 2, 2023 8:34 PM

This thread has gone off the rails. In that spirit, here's a video of cats dancing.

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by Anonymousreply 85December 2, 2023 8:35 PM

R83 is a good one.

by Anonymousreply 86December 2, 2023 8:41 PM

Apparently it takes an authentic boomer to know what both New Age and Ballads are.

by Anonymousreply 87December 2, 2023 8:44 PM

I try by Macy Gray

by Anonymousreply 88December 2, 2023 8:52 PM

The Ballad of Mackie Messer

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by Anonymousreply 89December 2, 2023 8:53 PM

R19 Yes, Only You by Yazoo is the definitive new wave ballad, even after 40 years. The best song listed on this thread so far is Elvis Costello's Allison. But I just consider it a great song that is a ballad, I don't consider it new wave or punk.

by Anonymousreply 90December 2, 2023 8:57 PM

Yeah, Alison is not a new wave or punk song. Elvis Costello actually predates New Wave by a couple of years.

by Anonymousreply 91December 2, 2023 9:07 PM

Piss On Your Face All Night Long (The Chug a Lug Song)

by Anonymousreply 92December 2, 2023 9:19 PM

If you only knew what you're putting me through. Feels like a HEART ATTACK.

by Anonymousreply 93December 2, 2023 10:00 PM

Most of these songs are 80s synth pop, not new wave

by Anonymousreply 94December 2, 2023 10:04 PM

R91 NO, he doesn't. His first album came out in 1977. There were already new wave records out by other bands by that time. Talking Heads, Blondie, Devo etc. Unless you consider the 80s pop crap like Madonna and Duran Duran to be new wave

by Anonymousreply 95December 2, 2023 10:06 PM

The Power Of Love by Jennifer Brush

by Anonymousreply 96December 2, 2023 10:09 PM

The gift of life extension by divine intervention.

by Anonymousreply 97December 2, 2023 10:09 PM

r94 Provide a clear distinction, then

by Anonymousreply 98December 2, 2023 10:09 PM

R98 Alternative style of music that has it's roots in punk rock/garage rock. Velvet Underground were called new wave music back in 1967

by Anonymousreply 99December 2, 2023 10:12 PM

r99 That doesn't help explain why you think a specific song doesn't qualify as one

by Anonymousreply 100December 2, 2023 10:14 PM

Do any of these songs slap?

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by Anonymousreply 101December 2, 2023 10:17 PM

I love slapping meat

by Anonymousreply 102December 2, 2023 10:19 PM

R99 Cause most of these songs are just mainstream pop songs. Is any pop song from 1980s a new wave song to you then? In that case, the name of the thread could be What was the ultimate 80s pop ballad?

by Anonymousreply 103December 2, 2023 10:24 PM

Exactly R103. Understandable that people would post ballads by New Wave bands recorded during the New Wave era. What else could “New Wave ballad” mean?

by Anonymousreply 104December 2, 2023 10:32 PM

R104 But what is New Wave era to you? I think that New Wave was already dead by the early 80s with the birth of Mtv and commercialization of that type of music

by Anonymousreply 105December 2, 2023 10:35 PM

I'd go with I Melt With You.

by Anonymousreply 106December 2, 2023 10:36 PM

r106 You consider that a ballad?

by Anonymousreply 107December 2, 2023 10:39 PM

Paula Abdul's Rush Rush

by Anonymousreply 108December 2, 2023 10:48 PM

R108 Because when I think "new wave," Paula Abdul is the first person who comes to mind.

by Anonymousreply 109December 2, 2023 10:52 PM

As I hate ballads, yes, R107. Thats it for me.

by Anonymousreply 110December 2, 2023 10:52 PM

lol r108

Janet Jackson NASTY SNATCH

by Anonymousreply 111December 2, 2023 10:53 PM

I do love the Motels Suddenly Last Summer though.

by Anonymousreply 112December 2, 2023 10:53 PM

Age of Consent by Joy Division

by Anonymousreply 113December 2, 2023 11:06 PM

You Are The Wind Beneath Your Wings by Betty Midler

by Anonymousreply 114December 2, 2023 11:09 PM

You are the shit underneath my shoe

by Anonymousreply 115December 2, 2023 11:13 PM

Do the pedants have a problem with this one?

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by Anonymousreply 116December 2, 2023 11:21 PM

Drive was in Post # 5 and no one has complained about it.

by Anonymousreply 117December 2, 2023 11:36 PM

r114 That's not New Wave

by Anonymousreply 118December 3, 2023 12:27 AM

R118 just that one? Are you a snark and satire free zone?

by Anonymousreply 119December 3, 2023 12:30 AM

[quote] Alternative style of music that has it's roots in punk rock/garage rock

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 120December 3, 2023 3:34 AM

Oldest Story in the World - the Plimsouls

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by Anonymousreply 121December 3, 2023 5:44 AM

This might help some of you =

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by Anonymousreply 122December 3, 2023 5:45 AM

Army of Lovers "Crucified"

by Anonymousreply 123December 3, 2023 6:11 AM

3/4 of the songs in this thread are not New Wave and even more are not ballads.

Fuck it, I'll throw in my vote for Tammy Wynette singing "Justified and Ancient".

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by Anonymousreply 124December 3, 2023 6:14 AM

Love Will Tear Us Apart

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by Anonymousreply 125December 3, 2023 6:53 AM

Lust To Love...

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by Anonymousreply 126December 3, 2023 7:21 AM

Avalon by Roxy music. That song still makes my toes curl.

by Anonymousreply 127December 3, 2023 7:30 AM

The definition at R122 (Wikipedia) sounds like it would embrace most, if not all, of the pop and dance music that the purists on this thread are rejecting.

[quote]New wave is a music genre that encompasses pop-oriented styles from the late 1970s through the 1980s. It is considered a lighter and more melodic "broadening of punk culture" ... including power pop, synth-pop, alternative dance, and specific forms of punk that were less abrasive. It may also be viewed as a more accessible counterpart of post-punk

by Anonymousreply 128December 3, 2023 7:41 AM

R128 yes I made this point at R47 but the obstinate stickler had to have his stampy feet fun.

by Anonymousreply 129December 3, 2023 7:43 AM

🎶 I just died in your arms tonight 🎶

by Anonymousreply 130December 3, 2023 7:56 AM

130 comments in and no Sunglasses at Night.

by Anonymousreply 131December 3, 2023 7:57 AM

Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Wanna Feel Your Buddy)

by Anonymousreply 132December 3, 2023 8:00 AM

R128 I agree most of the tunes on here are New Wave except for a couple music snobs that think about 100 songs total fit the category.

by Anonymousreply 133December 3, 2023 8:44 AM

Thread closed.

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by Anonymousreply 134December 3, 2023 11:39 AM

Wikipedia says this is a new wave ballad

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by Anonymousreply 135December 3, 2023 12:07 PM

Echo & the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon

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by Anonymousreply 136December 3, 2023 12:34 PM

R135 So basically any 80s pop music is new wave? If Cyndi Lauper and Samantha Fox count, why not Whitney Houston or Kylie Minogue?

by Anonymousreply 137December 3, 2023 1:54 PM

Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi is not new wave, it’s nouvelle vague

by Anonymousreply 138December 3, 2023 1:59 PM

R131 Okay, you're getting there. Sunglasses at Night could be considered "new wave," but there's no way it's considered a "ballad."

by Anonymousreply 139December 3, 2023 2:43 PM

New Order's "Your Silent Face"

I don't think this has been mentioned yet.

And if it has, it deserves to be mentioned twice.

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by Anonymousreply 140December 3, 2023 3:03 PM

^ Ballad, r140? Hahahahahaha.

by Anonymousreply 141December 3, 2023 3:25 PM

[wuote] Apparently it takes an authentic boomer to know what both New Age

You’re really batting a thousand, girlfriend. I’m not a boomer, I’m Gen X and new wave was our music. Oh, and we’re talking about New WAVE music, not new age.

Should we sign you up for an EEG, dearheart?

by Anonymousreply 142December 3, 2023 3:28 PM

[quote]130 comments in and no Sunglasses at Night.

Because it sucked. Corey Hart was easy on the eyes, but hard on the ears.

by Anonymousreply 143December 3, 2023 4:03 PM

Some great choices already, I submit OMD - Souvenir

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by Anonymousreply 144December 3, 2023 4:46 PM

If I Was

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by Anonymousreply 145December 3, 2023 5:50 PM

The problem with this thread is that folks have different definitions of "New Wave" and "ballad" which makes some of the entries questionable.

However, it's still a fun romp through some very good songs from the past.

by Anonymousreply 146December 3, 2023 5:53 PM

Who hasn't been stood-up on a date?

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by Anonymousreply 147December 3, 2023 6:05 PM

Roxy Music - More Than This

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by Anonymousreply 148December 3, 2023 9:19 PM

Crazy For You by Madonna.

Karen Carpenter could have recorded it.

by Anonymousreply 149December 3, 2023 9:40 PM

Depeche Mode - Blue Dress

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by Anonymousreply 150December 3, 2023 11:37 PM

every talk talk ballad > every other new wave/new romantic band.

tomorrow started, john cope, runeii, after the flood, i believe in you, etc. RIP mark hollis

by Anonymousreply 151December 5, 2023 2:58 AM

R139 It’s a dance ballad you smart hoe.

by Anonymousreply 152December 5, 2023 3:51 AM

God - I weep for some of your lack of musical knowledge and history.

For those of us who received abuse for following this musical movement - which relied on stretching your antennaes to hear college stations that MAY play songs you want to hear or a frequency you could sometimes get - meanwhile dressing and acting in a way decisively different in the 80's, we are PROTECTIVE of what the New Wave sound is and describes - even though it wasn't defined formally, as no music category is.

But believe you me (those New Wavers will get this reference), there was New Wave and you knew it when you heard it.

by Anonymousreply 153December 5, 2023 6:40 AM

Yes, the Krays R4

by Anonymousreply 154December 5, 2023 6:45 AM

Actually my entire play list is the 80s

by Anonymousreply 155December 5, 2023 6:47 AM

No love for Under the Milky Way by The Church?

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by Anonymousreply 156December 5, 2023 7:30 AM

I Melt With You by Modern English

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by Anonymousreply 157December 5, 2023 7:32 AM

^^^this most definitely!

by Anonymousreply 158December 5, 2023 8:23 AM

Ultravox - Vienna

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by Anonymousreply 159December 5, 2023 8:25 AM

And a more obscure one: Alison Moyet (with David Freeman from The Lover Speaks) - Sleep Like Breathing

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by Anonymousreply 160December 5, 2023 8:35 AM

Your Silent Face has the midtempo of a ballad and some of the most vivid and evocative synth of the Eighties, but the song is about existential dread. So, not a ballad.

by Anonymousreply 161December 5, 2023 11:42 AM

Jesus Christ R21 that’s the Psychedelic Furs. Do people not think before they post?

by Anonymousreply 162December 5, 2023 11:44 AM

R152 There's no such thing as a "dance ballad," for God's sake.

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by Anonymousreply 164December 5, 2023 12:20 PM

Spandau Ballet IS a new wave band and "True" IS a new wave ballad. PLEASE kill yourselves if you disagree.


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by Anonymousreply 165December 5, 2023 12:25 PM

Something tells me Larry Flick is up in here...

Hey, Larry <3

by Anonymousreply 166December 5, 2023 12:27 PM


by Anonymousreply 167December 5, 2023 12:29 PM

Really digging all of these submissions

by Anonymousreply 168December 5, 2023 12:31 PM

New wave was already dead by the 1980

by Anonymousreply 169December 5, 2023 4:44 PM

A lot of these songs/bands (Spandau Ballet, ABC, Modern English etc.) would be classified as New Romantic, not New Wave. Madonna is neither. Straight up pop.

by Anonymousreply 170December 5, 2023 5:03 PM

R170 Material Girl has very strong new wave influences.

by Anonymousreply 171December 5, 2023 6:01 PM

Madonna's ballads (Crazy for You, Borderline, Angel etc.) are definitely PoP and not New Wave.

by Anonymousreply 172December 5, 2023 10:00 PM

r169 No

by Anonymousreply 173December 5, 2023 10:03 PM

R173 Yes

by Anonymousreply 174December 5, 2023 11:31 PM

Ultravox "Vienna"

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by Anonymousreply 175December 5, 2023 11:40 PM

Skimmed thread. Sweet Dreams are made of this/Eurythmics.

by Anonymousreply 176December 5, 2023 11:52 PM

This is basically any pop 80s slow/quiet song?

by Anonymousreply 177December 6, 2023 12:37 AM

r177 Yeh - at this point - just go for it

by Anonymousreply 178December 6, 2023 12:57 AM

R178 In that case second (?) vote for Drive by The Cars. At least they were a new wave act, unlike Madonna

by Anonymousreply 179December 6, 2023 12:59 AM
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