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New Wave music
|Stylistic origins||Punk rock, glam rock, funk rock, beat, disco, ska, electronica, bubblegum pop,|
|Cultural origins||Mid to late 1970s, United Kingdom and United States|
|Typical instruments||Electric guitar – bass guitar – drums – synthesizers – vocals - cowbell|
|Mainstream popularity||Late 1970s to mid 1980s;|
|Derivative forms||Neue Deutsche Welle – New Romanticism – Synthpop – Mod revival – Chillwave|
|Synthpunk – 2 Tone - Electroclash - Nu Rave|
|Belgium – Finland - France – Germany - Italy – Spain - United Kingdom – United States - Yugoslavia|
|Post-punk - Alternative rock|
New wave bands such as the Talking Heads were anti-corporate, experimental, and had complex lyrics. Other new wave bands included Blondie, Television, Patti Smith, The Jam, The B-52's, Devo, Jungle Street, and Elvis Costello.
In essence, New Wave maintained the rebellious and energetic side of punk rock, yet was less raw and aggressive. Whilst a lot of New Wave was lyrically complex, much New Wave was pop-based, containing simple melodies and catchy hooks. Additionally, New Wave music was also very electronic in nature, and made strong usage of synthesizers. New Wave is a broad term, and as such, New Wave artists varied greatly in style, ranging from pure rock, to synthpop, to reggae-influenced music. New Wave, as a genre, additionally had a strong visual aesthetic, and is noted for the colourful fashions which New Wave artists would sport in the 1980s.