I keep myself updated, to the best of my ability and budget permitting, on whatever is new in this broad spectrum of music many belovedly call New Wave, which includes closely related sonic styles like Post-Punk, Synthpop, and Power Pop. I regularly check if there are new albums released by veteran artists associated with the genre or by younger groups whose style may be classified under it. I don’t confine my listening pleasure to the genre’s heyday.
I get excited by new music but, of course, those that were released or that I discovered in my youth uplift me more; because, aside from the sense of melodic familiarity and sentimentality (known as nostalgia) towards these old ones, they also carry for me lots of memories culled from the prime of my life.
For this set, I feature the respective debut albums of some of my first favorites. They are part of the soundtrack of my teens.
* Echo & the Bunnymen – Crocodiles (1980) (“Rescue”)
* Modern English – Mesh & Lace (1981) (“Black Houses”)
* Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell (1981) (“New Life”)
* A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls (1982) (“Telecommunication”)
* Duran Duran – Duran Duran (1981) (“Girls on Film”)
* Spandau Ballet – Journeys to Glory (1981) (“To Cut a Long Story Short”)
* Tears for Fears – The Hurting (1983) (“Mad World”)
* The Plimsouls – Everywhere at Once (1983) (“A Million Miles Away”)