New Wave music
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. New Wave music was initially marketed as a more commercial or chart-friendly version of punk. The style was often mixed with other genres, such as funk, reggae and ska.
Definition of New Wave in the United States
New Wave in the United States is a popular catchall term used to describe music that emerged in the late 1970s and crested during the 1982-1983 period in what was dubbed the second British Invasion when groups deemed “New Wave” scored high on the charts. The artists deemed “New Wave” in the late 1970s such as Elvis Costello, The Police, Gary Numan, and Squeeze dovetails with the original definition of the genre. Starting in the early 1980’s and continuing until around 1987 the term New Wave was used in America to describe nearly every new pop/rock artist, especially those that used synthesizers. Examples of artists defined in the United States as New Wave during this period that would not fit the original definition include Duran Duran, A Flock of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, The Fixx, Adam and the Ants, Tears For Fears, Human League, Naked Eyes,Culture Club and Bauhaus. The term continues to be used today to describe those groups.