New Wave Fast-Forward: 1980s > 2011

The early 1980s saw an explosion of new bands keen to exploit the new technology of the day: the affordable synthesizer. Soon Top Of The Pops, Smash Hits and Radio 1 were all full of this new wave of bands; with their hair, their make-up, their new-romanticism and most importantly their synthetic sounds. Fast-forward 30 years and they’re back: releasing new albums, hitting the road again and reminding the 40-somethings of their teenage school disco days.  Whether you consider this a retro sell-out or not is moot: many of those old dogs have returned with a vengeance, releasing some great new albums that easily sit up there with the very best from their heyday. Here is a selection of twenty bands who were big in the 80s, featuring one old album and one new from each artist, and all with Spotify links where available!

 

BAND
THEN
NOW
ABC
a-ha
Alphaville
Bananarama
Blancmange
Depeche Mode
Duran Duran
Erasure
Heaven 17
Human League
Howard Jones
Kajagoogoo
Kraftwerk
Nik Kershaw
Gary Numan
OMD
Pet Shop Boys
Soft Cell
Spandau Ballet
Yello
 

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