Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.
“New wave” sprung out of the punk movement in the latish 70s in the UK but soon spread to the US and other parts of the globe. It’s a term that has been applied to so many bands that it’s been rendered almost meaningless. That said, it’s easy for me to see that my musical tastes through most of the 80s and even beyond clearly aligned most closely with this “movement” and its evolution(s).
Whatever “new wave” is, this song certainly qualifies. A #3 hit in Britain, it made #36 in the US toward the end of 1980.