Category Archives: new music

It Hurts

I know, I know… I have sadly neglected this blog. I assure you new wave still pumps through my blood. I’m still DJ’ing 80s new wave in Philadelphia and love every minute of it!  I do have a day job, though, and I’m very immersed in it.

In any event, I have to give mad props to Billy Suede who continues to keep me informed of new music as well as remind me of the classics that are near and dear to my heart. Recently, Billy introduced us to a new band out of the UK called Hurts. Let’s face it, the Brits sure do know how to make music. These guys have taken an obvious new romantic influence and crafted beautifully lush melodies that have managed to melt even my cold heart.

Check out the song “Wonderful Life”. The 80s are back, my friends.

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Dave Gahan

Dave Gahan released his second solo effort, Hourglass, this past October. After Paper Monsters, my expectations for Hourglass were admittedly low. So when I listened to it for the first time, I went in with an open mind. Thanks to that, I can walk away and say “It’s a pretty good album.” I even like some of the slower, less industrial-sounding tracks. Very reflective, moody.

Overall, my favorites would be “Kingdom” (the first single), “Deeper and Deeper”, “Endless”, and “A Little Lie”. While similarities to Playing the Angel (Depeche Mode‘s last album) lie within (dark, electronic) — Dave Gahan is the legendary voice of Depeche after all — this album shows his maturity and progress as a solo artist.

While not excellent — it doesn’t flow as much as I’d like — it’s heaps better than Paper Monsters! I’m sure it will continue to grow on me with more listening.

“Kingdom”

“Saw Something”

“Dirty Sticky Floors” (JunkieXL vocal remix)

just because I go APESHIT over any JunkieXL remix

VHS or Beta

I know, I know… I haven’t posted in quite some time! I have good reasons; life is busy! But I do miss posting here, so I shall tonight! However, I am going to break out of the 80s for a moment!

My favorite band of the ’00s is VHS or Beta. Along with bands like Interpol, Editors, and others, it is evident they are influenced by many 80s new wave bands. Their new new wave sound may remind you of The Cure and Duran Duran amongst others.

I highly suggest if you are into the new breed of 80s-influenced indie rock, to check these guys out! Their new album “Bring on the Comets” is a solid, yet less dance-focused follow up to 2004’s “Night on Fire”. The sky is the limit for these guys, though. They’ve got the chops.

“Can’t Believe A Single Word” (from “Bring on the Comets”)

“Night on Fire” (from “Night on Fire”)

“You Got Me” (from “Night on Fire”)