Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mucchio Classic Rock #2 - New Wave top 20 albums

Joy Division: new wave of isolation

Second rock history lesson, courtesy of italian magazine Il Mucchio. Some months ago, we dived into a swamp of lurid, filthy, stinky and swindlin' 1977 punk. Today, it's time to ride the New Wave. 

On the magazine, at the end of the 90s, Eddy Cilia wrote:
"Twenty years later, giving a definition of New Wave is still a hard task. We start (...) telling what it wasn't: not a genre, but a group of subgenres born under the punk influence. (...) Punk was a matter of guitar? New Wave answered with electronics. Punk came from the streets? New Wave from art schools. Anyway, the latter was not a reaction to the first, but an aftermath: both punk and new wave were reactions against progressive, songwriters and disco music. (...) Which was the best peak for New Wave? From 1978 to 1981".

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The Playlist
(17 albums out of 20, 85%)

10 Pivotal Albums
Cure - Three Imaginary Boys (Fiction, 1979)
Devo - Q: Are We Not Me? A: We Are Devo! (Warner Bros, 1978)
Joy Division - Closer (Factory, 1980)
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance (Blank, 1978)
Public Image Ltd. - The Metal Box (Virgin, 1978)
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream (Polydor, 1978)
Suicide - Suicide (Red Star, 1977)
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire, 1978)
Television - Marquee Moon (Elektra, 1977)
Ultravox! - Systems of Romance (Island, 1978)

10 Albums More
Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out (Beggars Banquet, 1982)
B-52's - B-52's (Warner Bros, 1979)
Clock DVA - Thirst (Fetish, 1982)
Echo and the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here (Korova, 1981)
Gang of Four - Entertainment (Emi, 1979)
Killing Joke - Killing Joke (EG, 1980)
Pop Group - Y (Radar, 1979)
Wall of Voodoo - Call of the West (IRS, 1981)
Wire - 154 (Harvest, 1979)
XTC - Drums and Wires (Virgin, 1979)

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums, 189 tracks, about 12 hours): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0226)
Lite (3 songs each album, 51 tracks, about 3 hours): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0227)

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