A short but inspiring period in pop culture, the New Romantic movement mainly centred on the years 1979 to 1981, although many artists carried  on their music in the 80s and 90s.

Emerging from London and Birmingham nightclubs such as The Blitz and Billys, they were influenced by David Bowie and Roxy Music with fashions inspired by glam rock and the Romantic era of late 18th and early 19th centuries.

A reaction to punk led to this flamboyant style, including cosmetic styling,  which later gave way to sharp suits.

The music was a  result of the extensive use of synthesizers in rock and pop and was known as synth-pop . Synth-pop was already used in progressive rock and disco during the 1960s and 1970s through artists like Kraftwerk, Brian Eno and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

The introduction of dance beats to the sterile electronic sounds produced a warmer sound which was a more successful sound.

These acts contributed to the Second British Invasion of the USA, mainly as a result of the intoduction of MTV and the artists use of videos.

Although there was a revival in the mid-90s, the New Romantic era was over by the mid-80s.


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 01  Dance Away - Roxy Music 1979

 02  Almost Medieval - The Human League 1979

 03  Boys Don’t Cry - The Cure 1979

 04  Cars - Gary Numan 1979

 05  Life In A Day -Simple Minds 1979

 06  The Other Side Of Life - Japan 1979

 07  Antmusic - Adam and The Ants 1980

 08  Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark 1980

 09  Fade To Grey - Visage 1980

 10  I Second That Emotion - Japan 1980

 11  Oh Yeah (On the Radio) - Roxy Music 1980

 12  Play For Today - The Cure 1980

 13  Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)  

                                                             - Spandau Ballet 1981

 14  D.N.A. - A Flock Of Seagulls 1981

 15  Don’t You Want Me - The Human League 1981

 16  Girls On Film - Duran Duran 1981

 17  Jealous Guy - Roxy Music 1981  

 18  Just Can’t Get Enough - Depeche Mode 1981

 19  Love Needs No Disguise - Gary Numan 1981

 20  Perfect Game - Thompson Twins 1981

 21  Prince Charming - Adam and The Ants 1981

 22  Tainted Love - Soft Cell 1981

 23  Tears Are Not Enough - ABC 1981

 24  The American - Simple Minds 1981

 25  Vienna - Ultravox 1981

 26  Visions Of China - Japan 1981

  

 


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