April 23, 2024

New Wave was frequently referred to as the “thinking person’s rock music.” Despite that pathetic and doubtful definition, New Wave increased the audience for rock music without the pretentiousness of the 1970s. New Wave and the music videos had a huge impact, thanks in large part to MTV.

A stagnated music scene, the establishment, and a lack of opportunities for young people were all targets of the earlier Punk movement. It’s true that the New Wave toned down the anger and rage and added a more cerebral approach. It ranged from Talking Heads’ highly theatrical music to the literary allusions in the lyrics of the Police.

Talking Heads
Talking Heads

In the end, New Wave revived the musical and lyrical inventiveness that had been lacking for most of the 1970s.

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