New Wave
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David Bowie

David Bowie

By the time the 80s rolled around, David Bowie already had quite a career. He was already famous for his work as Ziggy Stardust, so the 80s were just the icing on his professional cake. Bowie started off the 80s with a collaboration with the band Queen on the song Under Pressure. Bowie channeled his efforts in the 80s towards dance music and had a success with the album Let's Dance and singles like China Girl. Bowie was able to create dance music that was a perfect blend of rythm and pop music.






Talking Heads

Talking Heads

The Talking Heads, like so many great bands were short lived. Starting the late 70s and ending in the mid 80s, the Talking Heads were able to make a mark on new wave music in only a few years. Led by charismatic frontman David Byrne, the Talking Heads were characterized by Byrne's unpredicatable vocals and bands hypnotic melodies. Adding to their appeal was their videos, notably for Burning Down the House, providing riviting images in addition to amazing music. The band officially broke up in 1991 and Byrne has sworn that they will never get back together.





Devo

Devo

The most famous song was 1980's Whip It, but Devo was around a long time before then. Devo actually got its start with the help of fellow new wave artist David Bowie in the 70s. Their early album Q:Are We Not Men?A:We Are Devo was released in 1978 and produced by Brian Eno, who also produced for the Talking Heads. While Whip It is a song that never leaves your brain after you hear it once, maybe more substantial are the hats that are worn on the cover of 1980's album Freedom of Choice. They are red plastic and look similar to traffic cones and are an icon synonymous with the crazy fashion of the 80s.