Punk/New Wave Album Highlights

Elastica

The alternative rock band named Elastica performed Elastica as their debut song in the studio. The song hit the airwaves through the famous Deceptive Records in the year 1995. AS soon as it was released, elastica was nominated to be one of the songs to contest for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. This is an award that is given to the best album which is produced in Ireland and the United States. The award was established to be an alternative to the well-known Brit Awards. The award was a brain child of British Association of Record Dealers and British Phonographic industry in the year 1992.

Elastica was voted as the best on the UK Albums Chart, and it became one of the best songs that sold ever since the production of Definitely Maybe which was done by Oasis Band. When placed on Billboard 200, the song did well since it was ranked at position 66 and was given a certification of gold. It was received well across the nation and internationally as well.

All Music Guide said that elastica is an intoxicating record. This is not only in the way they play 16 songs in a record 40 minutes but also in the manner that they are almost near every other classic production. This certainly makes the band melodic and consistent.

[Elastica album]

BBC Music believes that elastica is not one of those albums that ranks high on the debut and sink later. The band is a rare gem that has hit the music industry with a bang. It is certainly one of the best new wave debut classics.

The same album was ranked as number 9 in Select’s ranking of fifty albums of every year. Later in the same year, the album was rated as position 4 meaning that it shot up. Other magazines that ranked the debut album as one of the best were The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Times. Most of the tracks that elastica produced were written by the ever charming and intelligent Justine Frisch Mann.

Interpol – Turn on the bright lights

Interpol was an American rock band. The band released Turn on the Bright Lights as its debut album in the studio. The album was produced in the year 2002 at Tarquin Studios located in Connecticut. It was mixed, co-produced, engineered, and mixed by Gareth Jones and Peter Katis. The album first hit the airwaves under the autonomous record brand Matador Records. As soon as it was released, the album was ranked at an all-time high of 101 in the Album Chart of the United Kingdom. It is on record to have reached position 158 in the Billboard 200 of the United States. Moreover, it spent a record 73 weeks in the list of Billboard Independent Albums, and it finished at top 5. Some of the singles that were in the debut album were Say Hello to the Angels, Obstacle 1, NYC, and PDA. Each of these had their videos apart from ‘Say Hello to the Angels’.

Turn on the Bright Lights album was given a certification of gold by RIAA in the year 2011. This was due to the sole reason of shipping over 500,000 copies.

In order to commemorate the tenth anniversary, the album was reproduced and a new version was released in the year 2012. Some of the additional material in the new version were new tracks and other bonus songs of international standards.

The Interpol band is scheduled to hold a tour of meeting their fans so as to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the song as they play the album back to front.

Popular Artists from New Wave Era

Several artists have performed in the new wave era and more are expected to join. Various bands have also been performing since the inception of new wave era.

Duran Duran

This is an English band that was formed in the year 1978 – almost 8 years since new wave came into being. The band developed from alternate sensations in the year 1982 to conventional pop stars within the following two years. Within the period of a decade, the band underwent an array of challenges more so in music styles and membership. However, in spite of the said challenges, the band was able to stage a resurgence during the early ‘90s. The band was the best in Second British Invasion of the United States. It is said that the band has had over 13 singles among the best 10 UK Singles Chart. Moreover, the group has also had over 20 singles placed in the Billboard Hot 100. Duran Duran is in record of selling over 100 million records across the world.

The emergence of Duran Duran was seen to be synonymous with New Romantic scene along with other luminary bands which included Spandau Ballet. However, this image was later shed off and the band came up with a better, elegant, and sophisticated appearance through the use of marketing and fusion. The band is on record for having won a number of accolades throughout the time they have been performing. The awards include Brit Awards (2 of them), MTV video music award, and Grammy awards (2).

The band is so remarkable that the Hollywood Walk of Fame featured them.

When the video age came into being, the band was catapulted into main productions in MTV music channel. This was a remarkable achievement since the channel is a 24-hour music channel. Most of the videos done by the band were done through the use of 35 mm film. This enabled them to have a better outlook as compared to what other band were doing at the time.Duran Duran worked with other professional directors of the film industry so to improve on quality. The band is credited for being part of the early bands that used video technology during their live shows in stadiums.

The Human League

This band was formed in the year 1977 in Sheffield. The band released two instant albums after they were signed into Virgin Records in the year 1979. This was accompanied by an array of singles before the band shot to fame through the third album that they released in the year 1981 – Dare. Some of the singles that the album had included Open your heart, Love action (I believe in Love), and don’t you want me. In the year 1982, the band was awarded Brit Award which is given as a result of Best British Breakthrough Act. The band further produced other hits from 1980s to 1990s. Some of the hits included Fascination, tell me when, mirror man, and being boiled among others.

There has been a single member who has remained royal and constant in spite of the changing times. This is none other than the songwriter and vocalist Oakey Philip.

Ian Marsh Craig and Ware Martyn both left the human league in the year 1980 so that they could form their own – Heaven 17. Since Oakey took over the leadership of the band, it has evolved into a successful commercial league with new members such as Ann Susan Sulley and Catherall Joanne. The band has essentially been made up of three members since the 1990s.

It is worth noting that the band has release over 8 studio albums, over 30 singles, four EPS, and a host of other compilation albums. The United Kingdom’s top 10 has had 8 singles and 5 albums from the human league. The band is said to have sold close to over 20 million copies – a record that has not been achieved by such a small band.

Although the three members have been discussing about their retirement, no one seems to know when they will exit the scene.

Oakey, Catherall, and Sulley have said time and again that they enjoy performing together. They intend to hold together for longer than expected. Sulley even says that she does not know what to do besides doing music.

[The Human League]

They expect to continue being part of great live shows so long as their fans are happy to see them.