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    Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Rock List: Readers’ Best Eighties New Wave Bands

    Inspired by last week’s announcement of the Regeneration Tour, we asked the Rock Dailyists to tell us their favorite New Wave acts of the 1980s. After rewatching the entire Savage Steve Holland filmography and tallying the votes, the readers have selected Echo & the Bunnymen as their favorite keyboard-stabbing, oddly hair-cutted New Wavers. Check out the entire top ten list after the jump.

    1. Echo & the Bunnymen
    2. New Order
    3. Talking Heads
    4. Psychedelic Furs
    5. Elvis Costello
    6. The Police
    7. Depeche Mode
    8. Duran Duran
    9. The Cure
    10. XTC

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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Wow, that's a pretty decent top 10. I would have ranked XTC higher though.
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    That's a pretty good top 10.
    I think I would've put
    Depeche Mode and Duran Duran higher though.
    I think Talk Talk should have been in there somewhere. Come to think of it, maybe they should've made it a top 20. Two many good groups not included.

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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Dan, do you know where we can see the entire list? Is there a link to check the tist out?
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    There was only ten on the original list. My favorite on that list is New Order followed closely by The Cure and Depeche Mode. I still don't consider the Police New Wave.

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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Oh, okay, thanks, Dan. The Police are borderline to me. I think a lot of times bands are put in the New Wave/Alternative genre when people don't know what they should go in. To me, New Wave music has a lot of synths in it.
    I do wish Talk Talk was in the top ten, their music is very underrated, IMHO.
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Quote Originally Posted by djdaffy1227 View Post
    ..... My favorite on that list is New Order followed closely by The Cure and Depeche Mode. I still don't consider the Police New Wave.
    i totally agree with you djdaffy.

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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    I agree with both of you on that one.
    When you look at the rest of the list of group names somehow The Police just don't fit.

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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    I'm not an expert on New Wave by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm a bit surprised that Blondie isn't on the list. Or are they not NW? Which sparks an interesting question...who is & isn't NW?

    Are the B-52's new wave? Wall of Voodoo? Re-Flex? M? Dexy's Midnight Runners? All of these are pretty different from each other, but all fall into the NW catch-all category.

    I'm just curious, I really have no idea.
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Quote Originally Posted by djdaffy1227 View Post
    1. Echo & the Bunnymen
    2. New Order
    3. Talking Heads
    4. Psychedelic Furs
    5. Elvis Costello
    6. The Police
    7. Depeche Mode
    8. Duran Duran
    9. The Cure
    10. XTC
    1. Depeche Mode
    2. Duran Duran
    3. The Cure
    4. New Order
    5+ Do whatever you want with the rest :P

    But I also agree that "The Police" doesn't even belong in the list of new wave bands.

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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    No way Echo & the Bunnymen and New Order should be the top 2 on that list.
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    I'm not sure about Echo, but New Order, to me, was an inspiration with a lot of bands.
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Well i'd agree 100% with Echo & The Bunnymen being number one. No question. Without a shadow of a doubt.
    I'd keep New Order, Depeche Mode and The Police (for the ealier stuff).
    Duran Duran were New Romantics.
    And the rest can go.

    Aah mention of Wall Of Voodoo, they did nothing in the UK, Zip, bugger all, but on Top Of The Pops in the UK they did a sort of American run down and played Mexican Radio by them. Bought it the next day, great song. Don't know why it didn't chart here.

    Sorry, didn't see The Cure, they can stay as well.
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Quote Originally Posted by nolanbuc View Post
    I'm not an expert on New Wave by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm a bit surprised that Blondie isn't on the list. Or are they not NW? Which sparks an interesting question...who is & isn't NW?

    Are the B-52's new wave? Wall of Voodoo? Re-Flex? M? Dexy's Midnight Runners? All of these are pretty different from each other, but all fall into the NW catch-all category.

    I'm just curious, I really have no idea.
    I consider Blondie to be punk. B-52s, Dexys both alternative... Im no pro on this either though. DJ would be a good one to answer this.

    I'd consider
    Thompson Twins
    Tears For Fears,
    A Flock Of Seagulls
    Pet Shop Boys
    Howard Jones
    to be some of my fav New Wave Artists. Anyone think they are Pop and not New Wave?
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    I know nothing about New Wave, but it seems to me to be two types of New Wave, when I first head about New Wave , they were talking about groups like Blondie, The Cars, The Police, Boomtown Rats ,The Knack,and Gary NumanAlmost 1/2 punk bands. By the early-mid 80's it was including all the synth pop stuff (Flock of Seagulls, Split Endz, Depeche Mode,) almost dance oriented music
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Here is a formal (or as close to it) definition of New Wave from Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Wave_(music)

    And Gary, from what I remember that New
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    they forgot some of the best (and yeah, Molly, I'd have XTC higher on the list too)

    like Adam Ant, Nik Heyward, some early INXS, Split Enz, Coctuea Twins.... & Blondie. I think she was a mixture of punk and the new wave movement -that her music helped start, IMHO.


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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    I'm totally into XTC, Talk Talk, Kate Bush, Split Enz, Icehouse, Ultravox (both John Foxx & Midge Ure versions), Japan, Spandau Ballet, Yaz, Soft Cell, ABC, Heaven 17 (one of my new discoveries) and the list goes on and on.
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    Re: Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll results: Best 80's New Wave artists

    Quote Originally Posted by djdaffy1227 View Post
    Rock List: Readers’ Best Eighties New Wave Bands
    Inspired by last week’s announcement of the Regeneration Tour, we asked the Rock Dailyists to tell us their favorite New Wave acts of the 1980s. After rewatching the entire Savage Steve Holland filmography and tallying the votes, the readers have selected Echo & the Bunnymen as their favorite keyboard-stabbing, oddly hair-cutted New Wavers. Check out the entire top ten list after the jump.
    1. Echo & the Bunnymen
    2. New Order
    3. Talking Heads
    4. Psychedelic Furs
    5. Elvis Costello
    6. The Police
    7. Depeche Mode
    8. Duran Duran
    9. The Cure
    10. XTC
    1. Elvis Costello
    2. Talking Heads
    3. The Police
    4. The Cure
    5. Duran Duran
    6. Depeche Mode
    7. Psychedelic Furs
    8. New Order
    9. Echo & the Bunnymen
    10. XTC

    Way I would list them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torchwood Fan View Post
    I'm totally into XTC, Talk Talk, Kate Bush, Split Enz, Icehouse, Ultravox (both John Foxx & Midge Ure versions), Japan, Spandau Ballet, Yaz, Soft Cell, ABC, Heaven 17 (one of my new discoveries) and the list goes on and on.

    1. Elvis Costello
    2. Talking Heads
    3. The Police
    4. The Cure
    5. ABC
    6. Duran Duran
    7. Icehouse
    8. New Order
    9. Talk Talk
    10. Kate Bush

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