New Wave artists aging gracefully. An 80’s world gone by…

Debbie+Harry+Vogue+Spain+May+2013+5Debbie Harry of Blondie [1st crossover new wave to hip-hop artist with “Rapture”-remember!]


59470508Stevie Nicks [sort of, kind of, new wavy…I guess]

marthaMartha Davis of The Motels

Patty+Smyth+HBO+Sports+Screening+McEnroe+Borg+d0yEIGZq8QSlPatty Smyth of Scandal

2400875_251049_3461507801_lSheena Easton

nunnTeri Nunn of Berlin

Kim+Carnes+41703663205000e699dd24a500bKim Carnes “Betty Davis Eyes”

kimwildesunriseKim Wilde

Catherine-RingerCatherine Ringer of Les Rita Mitsouko

Nina+Hagen+Anthony+Kiedis+dating+TxMyIBuG_GolNina Hagen

20-John-Judge-LeneLene Lovich

anne-dudleyAnne Dudley of Art of Noise [producer of some new wave hits too!]

the-cultThe Cult

sonic-youthSonic Youth

ScenBlonde__t640Concrete Blonde

public-image-limited-2012-500x250Johnny Rotten and PIL (Public Image Limited)

ME01bigModern English

cocteau twinsCocteau Twins [Note: not twins or triplets…]

nena14_v-contentgrossGabriela Kerner of Nena “99 Luftbaloons”

human-league_2409918bThe Human League

Ha+Westfield+Shopping+Center+lj3ufqp5g9clA-Ha “Take On Me”

Go+WestGo West

crowded-house_1635522cCrowded House

Feargal-Sharkey-001Feargal Sharkey

roland-gift-of-the-fine-young-cannibals_4119427Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals

JohnsonMatt Johnson of The The

2293364230Nick Heyward of Haircut One Hundred

the_church_B_smlThe Church

112When in Rome “The Promise”


Culture-ClubCulture Club (Note: Boy George is bearded on the left)

Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 10.09.46 PMJon Moss of Culture Club (they’re all here now!)


Pseudo Echo AU review shotPseudo Echo

stranglers smaller bThe Stranglers [minus one member]

carshand051911The Cars

stray catsThe Stray Cats


heaven171Heaven 17

general pulicGeneral Public “Tenderness”

CHINA-CRISIS-2012-1China Crisis

jesus-jonesJesus Jones

pat-benatar-look-like-todayPat Benetar and husband Neil Girardo

110The Mission UK

Stephen+Duffy++2012Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy “Kiss Me”

iva_tmn_040711Iva Davies of Icehouse “No Promises”

MV5BNDg1MzUzNTYwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjIyODIxNg@@._V1_SX214_CR0,0,214,317_Robert Ozn of Ebn Ozn

peter godwinPeter Godwin of Images of Heaven

534532_247395082030154_266453526_nJohn Rocca of Freeze “IOU” [this was the only photo I could find!; he seems alive and well and lurking about the bright lights!]

Peter-Byrne-and-GPeter Byrne of Naked Eyes “Always Something There To Remind Me”


IdolGoogleBilly Idol

Iggy_Pop-3Iggy Pop [been there, done that…]

maxresdefaultMichael Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel

here and now 161008Howard Jones

169055-limahl-dresses-smartly-ahead-of-im-a-celebrity-get-me-out-of-hereLimahl of Kajagoogoo

1471399_1441654796056026_121233666_nNick Beggs of Kajagoogoo


pw2Peter Wolf “Lights Out”

lou-gramm-456-081011Lou Gramm of Foreigner

rundgrenTodd Rundgren

Andrew ELDRITCH zpÏv·k - skupina SISTERS OF MERCYAndrew Eldritch of Sisters of Mercy

laclaqueta11_4Nick Laird-Cloes of Dream Academy “Life In a Northern Town”

paul_kingPaul King of King “Love and Pride”

M_PopMuzik_0M “Pop Muzik”

RichardPageFront-ThumbRichard Page of Mr. Mister

roddyRoddy Frame of Aztec Camera

Marc-ALMOND_MO_S03_0021Marc Almond of Soft Cell [a little makeup won’t hurt…]

david-sylvian-2010David Sylvian of Japan

david_bowieDavid Bowie

09John Foxx of Ultravox

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStan Ridgway of Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”

Elvis-Costello-2_2069495bElvis Costello

Gary Numan-LMK-058575Gary Numan

Midge+Ure+Arrivals+Prince+Trust+Rock+Gala+ACWy9G5PwI5lMidge Ure of Ultravox

1-144Nick Marsh of Flesh For Lulu

Paul_Weller_1640483cPaul Weller

bryan-ferry-voice-great-gatsbyBryan Ferry of Roxy Music [Note: not a prime minister]

neal2Neal X of Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Thomas-Dolby-1Thomas Dolby

holly-johnson-2010-royal-academy-summer-0krMazHolly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood

jimmy_somerville_003Jimmy Somerville of Bronski Beat

alan2_featureAlan Parsons

5418_0710080332_824Murray Head “One Night in Bankok”

Taco-PressTaco “Puttin on The Ritz”

2013-bob-geldof-2Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats

NikKershawNik Kershaw

paul_young_2809601Paul Young

Richard+Butler+mcaIbd7Jcc7mRichard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs [Not Gary Oldman!]

markhollisMark Hollis of Talk Talk

4840919Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout

Annabella+Lwin+6th+Annual+MusiCares+MAP+Fund+4hRu4LE2Hh2xAnabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow

Hynde, ChrissieChrissie Hynde of the Pretenders

clare-grogan-331841527Claire Grogan of Altered Images

c6fd6497cb5b423208139121502c88b3Toni Basil “Oh Mickey”

Alphaville_800Alphaville “Forever Young”

The+TubesThe Tubes

Violent-Femmes-729-620x349Brian Ritchie and Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes

enhanced-buzz-22662-1370372317-0They Might Be Giants

cock-robin_s345x230Cock Robin


nitzer-ebbNitzer Ebb

Level-42-e1378926537666Level 42

Tommy_TutoneTommy Tutone

Deacon Blue-1314805Deacon Blue

skinpupSkinny Puppy [oops… photo crop makes them look like they’re hugging eachother]

x2_031508X [still doin’ it !]


divinyls4-400x350Mark McEntee of The diVinyls  [Chrissy Amphlett RIP]

IMAG003Split Enz

M_TheRomantics_072413The Romantics “Talking in Your Sleep”

madness11Madness “One Step Beyond”

640px-WarrenCuccurulloDaleBozzioMissingPersonsOct2010Missing Persons

IMG_0226Information Society “Running”

376x180Book of Love “Boy”

martha2Martha & The Muffins (NOTE: only one muffin)

Red Bull Music Academy Barcelona 2008Front 242

artworks-000028821505-j0qlke-originalThe Flirts

Spandau_BalletSpandau Ballet “True”

479257-men-at-workMen at Work

MV5BNjczMjQwMTE2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTUyOTkyMg@@._V1._SX268_SY400_Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo

hi-OMD-credit-Tom-OxleyOMD (Orchestral Maneuvers in The Dark)

968full-tears-for-fearsTears For Fears

Bobby-OBobby O [producer of Divine and the Flirts]

pet-shop-boys-tollwood-muenchen-verlosung-tickets-kartenPet Shop Boys

daf1DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft)

jesus and maryJim and William Reid of Jesus and Mary Chain

big-country-credit-andy-labrow_wide-19beda62a759343c8cc392df31f597be4ffd990f-s6-c30Big Country with The Alarm’s Mike Peters

ministryp9Ministry (turned Thrash Metal)


talking heads-99f71f421b882e9c4c826a7118b93738Talking Heads

Jerry-H-1920x1080Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads [the missing Talking Head]

smithsMorrissey and Johnny Marr of The Smiths

mick-jones-gorillaz-shootMick Jones of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite

p01lh7xtDave Edmunds

Ian-McCulloch-of-Echo-and-007Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen


alisonAllison Moyet of Yaz(oo)

green02Green Gartside of Scritti Politti “Wood Beez” [Note: not Hugh Grant]

transxPascal Languirand of Trans-X “Living on Video”

Wang-Chung-Podcast-Interview-2012-Jack-Hues-Tazer-Up-New-Album-Release-Rock-Subculture-FIWang Chung

cheesiest-dexys-midnight-runners-590x350Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen”


corey hartCorey Hart “Sunglasses at Night”

maxresdefaultIvan Doroschuk of Men Without Hats

80s-martin-fry-abcMartin Fry of ABC


pete burns dead or alivePete Burns of Dead or Alive

Simple Minds: Jim Kerr and Charlie BurchillSimple Minds

NewOrderNew Order


joe_jackson_2012-3Joe Jackson [a picture deserves a thousand words…]

go gosGo-Go’s

peter-gabriel-13-surprising-talks-that-will-stand-the-test-of-time-a957a458f9Peter Gabriel

visage steve strangeSteve Strange of Visage

cy curnin the fixxCy Curnin of the Fixx


1854153200-peter-schilling-musiker-jubiliaeum-3009Peter Schilling “Major Tom”

Isle+Man+Music+Festival+Day+3+1l39powB49olNick Van Eede of Cutting Crew “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight”

thompson-twinsfinalThompson Twins

the_blow_monkeys_04-960x400The Blow Monkeys

936full-midnight-oilMidnight Oil

duran duranSimon LeBon and John Taylor of Duran Duran

ay_110666987Duran Duran (group shot with Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes added)

bbch-malcolm-mclarenMalcolm McLaren “Buffalo Gals” [R.I.P. – hey, he still did age gracefully!]

murphyPeter Murphy of Bauhaus

tumblr_m2ekhjUpgu1r5t1oho1_500Love and Rockets

14_320x240A Flock of Seagulls


Siobhan+Fahey+Brits+Los+Angeles+5th+Annual+w2blUIzJv0IlSiobhan Fahey of Bananarama and Shakespeare’s Sister

Terry-Hall-former-lead-si-001Terry Hall of Fun Boy Three and The Specials

57874_1Adam Ant [rebooted]


627Timbuk 3 “Future’s So Bright…”


kate bushKate Bush

ryuichi_sakamoto_originalRyuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra

f9bc0aa4fba835b8cf82f199aa44a037Giorgio Moroder “Electric Dreams”  [not just disco baby!]

trevor-horn-sarm1-640Trevor Horn of The Art of Noise and The Buggles “Video Killex The Radio Star”

claudiabruken_2283091kClaudia Brucken of Propaganda

Grace+Jones+Championships+Wimbledon+2013+Day+e4YvjBpckbNxGrace Jones

vid_cyndi_lauper_130405_360Cyndi Lauper

the bangles 100508The Bangles

styleblueprint_aimeemann_2013_08_29-620x620Aimee Mann of Til Tuesday [Hush-hush]

Siouxsie-SiouxSiouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and The Banshees

gGAjo.Em.4Debora Iyall of Romeo Void

dsc_0229Robert Smith of The Cure



c4c9a9d39150e80d6d27f95e6ea82729_largeThe Police

u2-10-reasons-to-existU2  [what… another tour?…]

depeche-mode-2013…and the Rolling Stones of the New Wave world, Depeche Mode

Dead_Can_Dance… and my favorite, the most prolific Dead Can Dance ! [Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry]


497 thoughts on “New Wave artists aging gracefully. An 80’s world gone by…

  1. No Geldof? No Joe Jackson? No Sting? Where’s Madness and Men without Hats these days? Or Squeeze, Missing Persons, The Motels, Til Tuesday, Naked Eyes, The Waitresses, Scandal, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young? sorry.. this page made me reminisce lol

  2. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES! Remember these also: A-Ha, ABC, Aztec Camera, B-52’s!, B Movie, Belouis Some, Blanc Mange, Blow Monkeys, Book of Love, Bougeois Tagg, Boys Don’t Cry, Cabaret Voltaire, the Call, China Crisis, the Church. the Colourfield, Elvis friggin’ Costello!, Marshall Crenshaw, the Cult, the Db’s, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Divinyls, Thomas Dolby, Dream Academy, EBN-OZN, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Fleshtones, Figures On A Beach, Fun Boy Three, Gene Loves Jezebel, General Public, Go West, Nina Hagen, Haircut One Hundred, Heaven 17, Icicle Works, Information Society, Joe Jackson, the Jam, JOY DIVISION (okay, that’s New Order minus…), Kajagoogoo, Katrina & the Waves, Nik Kershaw, Killing Joke, King, Let’s Active, Level 42, Lloyd Cole and the COmmotion, Lords of the New Church, Nene Lovich, Nick Lowe, MADNESS, Martha & the Muffins, Men At Work, Men Without Hats, Mission/Mission UK, Modern English, the Motels, Moving Pictures, Naked Eyes, OINGO BOINGO, OMD, the Outfield, Pere Ubu, the Plimsouls, the Police, Prefab Sprout, the Pretenders, the Primitives, Psychadelic Furs, Real Life, the Romantics, Romeo Void, Roxy Music, Peter Schilling, Screaming Blue Messiahs, Scritti Politti, Charlie Sexton, Pete Shelley, Shriekback, Soft Cell, Spandau Ballet,Split Enz, the Stranglers, Style Council, Talk Talk, Til Tuesday, Translator, Ultravox, Midge Ure, the Vapors, the Violent Femmes, the Waitresses, Wall of Voodoo, When In Rome, Kim Wilde, X, XTC, Paul Young

  3. Great pics you added. Many thanks. I do think you could get some better, more up-to-date pics of people like Adam Ant, who, when clean shaven, looks quite young. There are some new pics of Duran Duran men that show their age and good looks still. (Please add pics of Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor.) Also, would love to see pics of The Chameleons, Love and Rockets, Jamie West-Oram (the Fixx), The Jazz Butcher, Gene Loves Jezebel (Jay and Michael Aston and the rest), The Cult (Ian Astbury and BIlly Duffy), King (Paul King and his band), Stray Cats / Brian Setzer, and the rest of the Banshees (you already have Siouxsie).

  4. Great! But how about Brian Eno, John Lydon (Sex Pistols, PiL), Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), Elvis Costello, Howard Devoto (Magazine), Graham Parker, Iggy Pop,…?

  5. LOVE this! Other possibilities: Paul Weller/Style Council/The Jam, the Bangles, Belinda Carlisle, Spandau Ballet, Sade, Peter Andre, Def Leppard, A-ha, Pat Benatar, Bronski Beat, Bucks Fizz, FYC, Samantha Fox, Hall & Oates, Nik Kershaw, Madness, Prince, Sigue Sigue Sputnick, Tiffany, The Vapors.

  6. Agree w/ Glenn M above. Big ones are in CAPS. Cabaret Voltaire, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, Nina Hagen, Nene Lovich, MEN AT WORK, MODERN ENGLISH, THE POLICE, THE PRETENDERS, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, Romeo Void, Screaming Blue Messiahs, Soft Cell, the Stranglers, WALL OF VODOO, X. (Please no Katrina & the Waves.)

    I would also add: Big Audio Dynamite, David Bowie, Jane Siberry, Midnight Oil, Pat Benatar, PIL (Public Image Ltd.), R.E.M., Suzanne Vega, Ministry (were New Wave at 1st, became Industrial). If you allow Industrial, which started in the 80s, I’d suggest Front 242.

    Thanks! Great page + as a former DJ, am interested in your DJ’ing comments.


  7. Page took so long to reload (my fault, not yours– poor WiFi connection), I added to my list. You can delete my 1st comment if you like. Thanks again!

    Agree w/ Glenn M above. Big ones are in CAPS. Cabaret Voltaire, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, Nina Hagen, Nene Lovich, MEN AT WORK, MODERN ENGLISH, THE POLICE, THE PRETENDERS, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, Romeo Void, Screaming Blue Messiahs, Soft Cell, the Stranglers, WALL OF VODOO, X. (Please no Katrina & the Waves.)

    I would also add: Altered Images, The Bangles, BAUHAUS, Big Audio Dynamite, THE BONGOS, The Chameleons UK, DAVID BOWIE, The English Beat, THE FLYING LIZARDS, GRACE JONES, Jane Siberry, MIDNIGHT OIL, Ministry (were New Wave at 1st, became Industrial), THE NORMAL, PAT BENATAR, PIL (PUBLIC IMAGE, LTD.), R.E.M., Robert Palmer, STAN RIDGWAY, SUZANNE VEGA, The The, WORLD PARTY.

    (I see some of these bands are represented by the front man. :))

    If you allow Industrial, which started in the 80s, I’d suggest Front 242.

    Thanks! Great page + as a former DJ, am interested in your DJ’ing comments.


  8. That is some damn list, Glenn M! Archaeocj’s good too… Robert Palmer unfortunately no longer with us. A couple other ideas: Fine Young Cannibals, Icehouse. *Please* Joe Jackson!

    And Omg, did Mick Jones turn into Humphrey Bogart?? 🙂

  9. Ugh! Gracefully? Help!!!! Lol! OMG! I think the pics were taken a little tooo close up, hey? Ahh well, but dang the music is timeless, I gotta concede that much! I still listen to it. I was accused of being stuck in the 80’s by my daughters…I’m guilty! BananaRama looks like they are indeed aging gracefully, though. Chrissie Hinds was probably the scariest, for me, I guess. Wow. Hard to believe…so much time has gone by…

  10. Amazing there was not a single black artist in the 80s. Do you realize that your list excludes them? or is it just unconscious?

  11. I’m not quite sure why, but I like the photo of Martin Fry. Nice, relaxed, friendly smile. Maybe it’s because I remember the lip curl from the music videos.

    In general, though, I have to admit that I don’t know about half of the people here.

  12. It’s awesome!!
    Thanks for the update of my Gods of the 80’s
    Where is U2 ??????
    Did u leave them out because they r alive and well and still kicking ass in 2013?
    In my mind they were the definitive band of the 80’s

  13. Love to see all my peers we are all growing old as best we can….. I never thought we would get old….never!
    LOL nice job….. Forgot Bowie

  14. Wow. My hat’s off to you on this one! How about Wire Train, Icicle Works, The Housemartins, The Lotus Eaters, Wild Swans, the Pale Fountains, The Waterboys, The The, Violent Femmes, Midnight Oil, the Bolshoi, Camouflage, Grace Pool, Prefab Sprout, Real Life, etc. Oh, boy. I love to see them in their present state. LOL!

  15. I really enjoyed looking through this list, so many memories. The 80’s was an awesome time, especially for music, I think I’m going to go through the list and write down my fave song from each artist and make up a mixed CD. 🙂

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  18. Really enjoyed all the photos – lots of bands I’d forgotten about.
    However as a die hard Cure fan, I was disappointed that the whole band wasn’t represented, just Robert Smith – and who is the guy buy his side? He isn’t in the band!!! Unless that’s Lol Tolhurst (perhaps?)

  19. Djrio – , Great site 😉 some more perhaps. –>
    Ramones. Bjork/Sugarcubes.
    TomTomClub (I suppose thats TalkingHeads minusone).

    And two “Unclassifiables” ..Skinny Puppy (industrial NewWave ?) …And
    Wendy-O/ThePlasmatics….(punk or Hard NewWave?) ;P) … They did have
    “remixes”, those last two, but,…… I dont think they knew what genre they were…..;>

  20. Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats.
    Patty Smyth of Scandal
    Deacon Blue
    Hot House Flowers
    Modern English
    Belouis Some
    Cock Robin
    Jo Boxers
    Trans X
    Concrete Blonde
    The Truth
    Prefab Sprout
    The Alarm
    Glass Tiger
    Blanc Mange
    Euro Gliders
    Sisters of Mercy
    Scarlet and Black
    Naked Eyes
    Power Station
    Maury Head, One Night In Bangcock
    Escape Club, I wanna be a cowboy.
    Paula Khakis, Boom Boom Boom.
    Stranglers, Always the Sun.
    The Waterboys, Whole of the Moon.
    Flash in the Pan, Hey Saint Peter,
    Feargal Sharkey, It Never Happens to Me, a Good Heart.
    Falco, Der Kommisar and Rock Me Amadeus.
    Q-Feel, Orbital B-pop, Dancing in Heaven.
    The Fanatic
    The Belle Stars, Sign of The Times.
    Dead Kennedeys
    Anything Box
    Blow Monkeys
    The Church
    Josie Cotton
    Dream Academy
    Fischer Z
    Icicle Works
    Information Society
    Joe Jackson
    Joy Division
    Living in a Box
    Nick Lowe
    Men At Work
    Scritti Politti
    Charlie Sexton
    The The
    Tom Tom Club

  21. WOW!!! Some of these people aged gracefully, others… not so much. Mick Jones (The Clash looks ancient). The ladies from Bananarama still look HOT!!!! Grrrr…. Pete Burns just plain looks scary!!! That’s what plastic surgery will do to your face. In fact, he should be removed from the list BECAUSE he didn’t “age gracefully”. He add massive plastic surgery. Something to consider…

  22. Regarding Divinyls: Chrissy Amphlett died on 21 April 2013 at her home in New York City after a protracted battle with breast cancer. Please ignore this if it’s already been pointed out.
    Great page tho!!

  23. Ok he’s another. Terence Trent D’Arby.
    If dont like him,
    how about Jon&Vangelis..(The Freinds of Mr. Cairo).. ?
    Still a great site Keep it up ;>)

  24. Altered Images, Blow Monkeys, Blancmage, China Crisis, Gang of Four, Guadalcanal Diary, Icehouse, Midnight Oil, Modern English, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Sisters of Mercy, The Plimsouls, Violent Femmes, The Water Boys, Wiretrain, NIN, The Sugarcubes, Suicidal Tendencies, The Replacements, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, M, The Buggles, The Vapors, The Kings, The Buzzcocks, World Party,

  25. This is a great montage but surely you could have found a more flattering photo of the amazing Cyndi Lauper!!! She’s everywhere these days and looking great! Try the Viva Mac ads, or the Tony’s Red Carpet, she looks much better than this picture.

  26. The Stranglers are a 4 piece band and have been since 2006 so no one is missing. Could you add John Foxx? He has aged most gracefully

    He invented Electronic Dance Music, made New Wave in the 80s with Japan, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Scarface (Soundtrack), and much more!

  28. Re. Black Artists – Eddy Grant ( Tho’ someof his best work , he did , years earlier , with The Equals.) .
    Dig Wayne – Sang Rockabilly as “Buzz” with Buzz and The Flyers , then fronted Joboxers, then went back to singing Rockabilly , as Dig Wayne.

    Barry Adamson – Magazine , Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
    Whatstheirnames from Culture Club and Big Country are Black , or Bi – Racial , right?

    Unrelated – The guy on Al Jourgenson’s left in the Ministry pic was Mike Scaccia , who’d previously played in the popular Dallas Speed Metal band , Rigor Mortis. He passed away late last year.

    Surprisingly , Boy George and Willian Reid look better than they have a right to..
    Chrissie Hynde , YIKES !!!!! Toni Basil probably has almost 10 years on Hynde , but , she looks much better , here.
    Kate Bush still looks beautiful , though she’s put on a considerable amount of weight. I thought she was Elizabeth Taylor for a moment , but not a MUCH older Elizabeth Taylor.
    I was never much of a Siuoxsie fan (I was never much of a fan of a LOT of these people.) , but she knows how to rock it.
    I ALWAYS THOUGHT LAURIE ANDERSON LOOKED OLDER THAN SHE WAS , BUT , WAS STILL VERY ATTRACTIVE. Now , she looks about her age , and is still very attractive.

  29. Great list, but you need to change “General Public” to the “English Beat” which the two of them did more for our generation than they did as “General Public”…..Case in point…..they tour today as “the English Beat”, not General Public.

  30. I just want to say THANK YOU to djrioblog for this extensive collection of photos! What a marvelous thing you’ve done here. It must have been terribly time-consuming. It was very thoughtful and probably a labor of love on your part. It’s great to see all of these artists today. I am reminiscing 🙂 Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

  31. That’s Crowded House? Nice Photo.

    Question. If I have a More Recent Photo of any
    of the bands above, where to send? ;..>>

    Also, May I add Mike Oldield and crew. Yes, I know
    he did the Exorcist, .. However, he (and gf) were
    premier in Fairlight CMI programming. Many bands took
    him as an originator. Not saying Vangelis, Bach, wasent…….

    ( “Family Man” – Hall&oates ) and “Five Miles Out” album, ..etc..

    Maybe new blog on ‘history’ of .. 🙂 ?>

    You have DeadorAlive What. no Politics of Dancing .. ?

    Heh. Just ‘ribbin ya.

    Afrain. Great site. Keep. it. Alive.


    .. -JJ

  32. Mike Scaccia (pictured with Ministry) died last year. Also, Greg Ham (pictured with Colin Hay) from Men At Work died in April 2012.

    And really… Peter Wolf is mentioned for “Lights Out?” Have you never heard of the J. Geils Band?

      • I did grow up during the 80s. Whether that makes me an expert, I don’t know. However, J. Geils Band aren’t an obscure fly-by-night band. “Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame,” and “Love Stinks” are just some of their more popular tunes. It would’ve made more sense to reference him as the lead singer for J.Geils rather than some really, really, really obscure song. It’s sort of like having a picture of Dennis DeYoung and only mentioning, “Desert Moon,” y’know?

      • It did here in Cincinnati, the local Top 40 station loved it.

        Also, “Lights Out” had heavy rotation on NBC’s Friday Night Videos. Y’know, the show that, halfway through one video, would promote upcoming videos and then go to commercial?

  33. OK. This is the last time I am trying to post this. 4th attempt. The Feelies should be included, sorry maybe you don’t know them but they have been a huge influence in many ways. Maybe my posts aren’t being received? Also, Madonna doesn’t belong here.

      • I don’t care, Madonna is POP. Ridic to think she is new wave. Rich and powerful she may be now, back then she was a bit of a joke. Believe me I was there-I am in my late 50s and lived and breathed every decade’s music going back to the late 50s esp with 2 older sibs and both parents being musicians. I still play DJ to myself on my commute to work, narrowing things down by year or early mid or late decade for each decade I listen too or genre. My Classic ipod kills!

        Also, you are not acknowledging you don’t know the Feelies-what’s up with that? They’ve been around since the late 70s, did some big soundtrack contributions to Susan Seidelman (Smithereens -’82)and Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob, Something Wild)films, their album Crazy Rythms from 1980 is in the Rolling Stones best albums of all time, they have a NY Times article (Google) Most Influential Band You’ve Never Heard Of, used to play solely at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, now look for them at The Bell House in Gowanus on occasion. Try their albums Crazy Rythms, The Good Earth, Only Life, Here Before (new). Crazy Rythms IS the soundtrack to the very early 80s in Manhattan, sp East Village bars and clubs, where I spent most of my time.

        And even though people are dead, for history’s sake, show their pics! Falco, Benjamin Orr esp.

        I don’t see Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and the Bush Tetras (Too Many Creeps). What about 1 hit Monroes (What do All the People Know) from San Diego, early 80s, who were on a Japanese label (no one even know they were US) which failed so you couldn’t even get a copy until recently. Also, there was a singer named just Black, ever heard of him?

        Like your list, but the Feelies should be on it or it is not close to complete. I rest my case.

  34. anybody remember king? man, whatta handsome guy, and what about that hair he had! any idea where he is now? wait…maybe i don’t wanna know! keep my memories pristine… ;p

    and did i miss seeing the damned on the list?

      • i missed his pic; my bad! guess i never knew his first name was paul (or that he had one!) 😉

        doesn’t have the giant hair anymore, but still a friendly, nice-looking guy. 🙂

        thanks for this awesome list! a great trip down the streets of my past… 🙂

  35. You are of course aware that everyone on this list and every band suggested went to school on Sonic Youth and that Kim Gordon is the coolest chick on the planet.

    • It’s Patti Smith and the PSG – they were probably one of THE most
      important bands of the New Wave. Saw her at Ole Man River’s in New Orleans back in ’79 – she was fantastic and so was her band, fronted by the beautiful Lenny Kaye, Patty Smythe always sucked and yet people always get the two of these confused. How, I know not – Patti still looks FANTASTIC!

  36. Some more suggestions:
    The Blow Monkeys, “Digging Your Scene”
    The Violent Femmes, “Blister in the Son”.
    Level 42, “Something About You”
    Hothouse Flowers, “I’m Sorry”, “Don’t Go”.
    Deacon Blue, “Dignity”
    The Waterboys, “the Whole Of The Moon”
    Prefab Sprout, “When Love Breaks Down”.
    Joboxers. “Just Got Lucky”
    The Truth, “Exception of Love”
    Plimsouls “A Million Miles Away”
    Simply red, “Holding Back the Tears”
    Flash and The Pan, “Midnight Man”
    Trans X, “Living On Video”
    Maury Head, “One Night In Bangcock”
    The Belle Stars, “Sign Of The Times”.

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  38. Mike Watt of the Minutemen and later fIREHOSE? I know there’s Mick Jones but what about Big Audio Dynamite with Jones and Don Letts? Buster Bloodvessel? Timbuk3? Rain Parade – maybe 90s? Boo Hewerdine of The Bible – maybe 90s?

  39. HOLY CATS! What a project you put together here! Nicely done, you reminded me of bands I had forgotten about totally! Everyone I listened to in the 80s is here, except my local Twin Cities faves. Wonder if any of these got enough national notice that you’d include them here: the Replacements, the Suburbs, the Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Soul Asylum, Husker Du?

  40. What – – no Concrete Blonde? Johnette Napolitano at the very least? lol

    Please consider adding them (or at least her). And since you’ve included Prince, you might as well include Morris Day and The Time.

    Otherwise, great job on compiling this visual list, djrioblog! 🙂

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  41. A few more:
    Q-Feel, “Dancing In Heaven”.
    The lead singer of this band is Martin Page, who later recorded, “In The House Of Stone and Light”.

    Hot House Flowers, “Don’t Go, and I’m Sorry”.
    Irish band, who were discovered by U2, and are still touring.

    The Waterboys, “Whole Of The Moon”, “Fisherman’s Blues”.

    Blow Monkey, “Digging Your Scene”, “Out With Her”, “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”,
    U.K. Band who are still touring.

    Flash and the Pan, “Waiting On A Train”, “Midnight Man”
    Australian Band

    Midnight Oil, “The Power and the Passion”, and “Beds are Burning” were hits in the 80’s.

    The Truth, “Exception Of Love”, and “Weapons of Love”, Dennis Greaves recently reformed this U.K. Band.

    Living In a Box, “Living In a Box” U.K. Band fronted by Richard Darbyshire.

    R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe”

    Plimsouls, “A Million Miles Away”.

    The Joboxers, “Just Got Lucky”

    Felony, “The Fanatic”.

    The Belle Stars “Sign Of The Times”

    The Escape Club, “I Wanna Be A Cowboy”

    Paul Lekakis, “Boom, Boom, ( Let’s Go Back To My Room).

    Baltimora, “Tarzan Boy”.

    Scarlet and Black, “You Don’t Know”

  42. Great enjoy looking at all the pix. I liked music of most everyone pictured. Wondering where Siobhan Fahey is? She was original Bananarama and then she formed Shakespear’s Sister in late 80’s…..

  43. Oh my god, the memories! the music! I honestly never thought of these as “New Wave,” I just assumed that they fell under the “alternative” genre. I am bookmarking this page, so that I have a list of all the bands that I loved as a teen. I had forgotten the names of half of them. Age is such a bitch!

    Thanks so much for compiling this. It really made my evening 😀

  44. Need more stuff from ‘down under’: The Bats, The Chills, Mental as Anything, Hunters & Collectors. Martha & the Muffins ‘Echo Beach’

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    No More
    Patricia Morrison (gun club, sisters of mercy, damned)
    Jello Biafra
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  46. …..WOW ! …Thank you so very much for the time & energy put into this amazingly detailed list. As a 21 year old in 1980, and a former DJ, I remember most if not all of these people. Although most “new wave” was not to my taste, I do have a lot of these people’s music. In New Orleans, after Katrina in 2005, all 5000 + of my & my wife’s vinyl albums went in the muck. Am glad to say I saved every last one of them, & even my signed by all band member copy of U2’s first hit single ‘ I Will Follow’ ! Glad it was on higher ground, and again, thanks for the stroll down memory lane! Keep up the great work!

  47. The Adventures (from Ireland?), Hoodoo Gurus (Australia), They Might be Giants, Dire Straits. Hunters & Collectors? Loved seeing Martha and a Muffin. 🙂

  48. Such a great compilation you did guys…regards from Chile!!. Any chance to do a similar list for pop artists / hair metal bands from the 80’s??

  49. He is a few more …
    Youv’e go “the Jesus and Mary Chain”
    How about
    “the Stone Roses” ? “Cowboy Junkies” ?
    or perhaps
    “Pavement” or “Circle Jerks”
    Dare I mention “the Flaming Lips”

    Still the BEST Site!
    Keep it going!!


  50. Awesome post, djrioblog!
    How about the following:
    Fiction Factory for “(Feels Like) Heaven”
    Cetu Javu for “Have in mind” & “Situation”
    Industry for “State of the nation”
    Musical Youth for “Pass the Dutchie”
    Red Flag for “Russian radio”
    Q Lazzarus for “Goodbye Horses” [featured in “The Silence of the Lambs”]

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  53. FANTASTIC page! Although I have to say, the photo of the Go-Go’s is a bit unfair to the other artists who don’t currently look so great. That pic is rather old…13 years, at least. Jane Wiedlin was sporting the green hair back in 2001, I think. In 2012, I saw Belinda Carlisle and Kathy Valentine at the Yoga Center that I attend. They don’t look like this anymore, especially Belinda.

    On another note, have you thought about including Lydia Lunch?

  54. How long did it take you to make the first list? And all the adds?

    This page took me back to the days when I’d need 4-6 hours for make-up & hair before I’d go out to bring away the garbage. ;D


  55. You did really well with this, (And too I so dearly love Dead Can Dance)

    A few come to mind–Jane’s Addiction, Fugazi, Screamin’ Blue Messiahs, Toy Dolls, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Flag, Henry Rollins, Cocteau Twins (there may be photos from the 2005 coachella performance and almost reunion period), Modern English, It’s Immaterial, House of Love, The Sundays, Gang of Four, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Red Lorry Yello Lorry, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Yaz, The Crammps, Marshall Crenshaw, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Waits, The Pogues, REM, UB40, The Cult…sorry if some of these were there
    I guess some of them are founded late enough in the 80s they are really considered 90s or what they call alternative.

    May I just say too…RIP Polly Stryrene (Xray Spex)

  56. all what is there,new wave,punk,soul,rock,everything in it if you listen..and out shining all in the past and meanstream back than,no meanstream now…can’t believe i’m not seeing it….Sade…am i sure? i am sure

  57. Wow Morten Harket in a-ha looks fantastic! Scandinavians do look and age better than the rest of us. Is it the air, water or all the fish they eat?

  58. Peter Murphy, Kajagoogoo and Bananarama looks pretty good, stiil all the others are fantastic looking, bless the 80’s

  59. ♡♡♡ this!! However, your Timbuck 3 photo is incorrect .Timbuck 3 was pAt mAcdonald and his ex-wife Barbara. Your pic is his current band Purgatory Hill, with Melaniejane. Great people, great band! And I’m lucky enough to have them as neighbors 🙂

  60. could you forget Simon Gallup from The Cure ???????
    Besides being one of the best bass players in the world, the man looks AT LEAST 10 years younger than his age (soon 54, June 1)
    Just wondering 😉

  61. I was wondering about Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, remember “Crawling from the Wreckage” and “Cruel to be Kind” I love those songs. Can you please, please add?

  62. I’m so very very grateful to you for this list. Warms my heart – like seeing old friends. Please include Claire Grogan of Altered Images, “Don’t Talk to Me About Love.” She’s aged very gracefully.

  63. WOW!! Amazing list!! Brought back some great memories. Some of them have aged gracefully… some… yikes! (Pete Burns… holy wow) I gotta do some downloading this weekend. 🙂

    Thanks for continuing to add to the list – Fields of the Nephilim. And yes, The Spoons, and The Damned.

  64. Where’s Todd Rundgren? Boy George looks fab- saw him at a Todd show in the 90’s, and he had the most lovely skin I have ever seen on a human being!

  65. Great compilation! It’s your list, and that’s why it’s a good one. Too bad so many people are critics – lol

  66. Lucy Show, Lou Gramm, Mr. Mister, One to One, TSOL, Alan Parsons, Tracey Ullman, Blanket of Secrecy, The Members, Juluka, Strange Advance, Ignatious Jones, Loverboy, Tommy Tutone, Richard Hazzard, Iron City Houserockers, Kim Carnes, ZWOL, Planet Street, and Elton Montello.

  67. My goodness, so many and not all directly new wave, and still no mention of They Might be Giants? Wow, they were part of the new wave movement and still putting out records and touring!

  68. Thanks for the pictures of Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, Pseudo Echo…..I have to say that for me Peter Cox and Richard Drummie of Go West have definitely aged the best…..both still gorgeous at 58 and 55 respectively!

  69. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed to get set up?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% sure.
    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Appreciate it

    • it actually doesn’t cost much at all. Go to, pick a theme, and if you want, you can register the domain name there. Happy blogging!

  70. Beautiful, good job! -Couldn’t read all the comments without melting my brain, but whilst the list now seems pretty darn complete, You did misspell Nick Laird-Clowes from The Dream Academy.


  72. Great Effort, many of my fav bands missing, but hey, some of them are included – well done! Which ones, you are asking: Gun Club, The Fall, The Sound, The Chameleons, Xmal Deutschland, Modern English, Sad , Lovers and Giants, The Durutti Column, Spear of Destiny, XTC, Young Marble Giants, Robyn Hitchcock (e the Egyptians), DNA, Cabaret Voltaire, Jah Wobble, Gene Loves Jezebel, Kissing in Pink, Psychedelic Furs, Fisher Z, New Model Army bla bla bla…

  73. I would like to e-mail you three photos I took recently at a Mission UK concert. One of Wayne Hussey (Mission, Sisters of Mercy, Dead or Alive), Simon Hinkler (Mission) and Craig Adams (Mission, Sisters of Mercy).

  74. I LOVE this, I knew and have music from every artist here! I didn’t recognize everyone right away, maybe 60% before I looked at the caption, I didn’t keep track. I promise I won’t criticize Madonna or Pat Benatar being there because they were just as much as part of my music collection as Japan and Gary Numan. In my New Wave mp3 folders I have Mike + the Mechanics and Johnny Hates Jazz in with them all. People commenting above are getting a bit too picky, don’t mind them.

    Okay additions, pretty sure I didn’t see (trying not to duplicate suggestions above) –

    Holly & the Italians (Holly Beth Vincent))
    Toto Colelo,
    Rubber Rodeo,
    Haysi Fantayzee,
    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    Wide Boy Awake,
    The Proclaimers,
    Roman Holliday,
    Was (Not Was) – Don Was
    Marshall Crenshaw
    Josie Cotton
    Bad Manners
    Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
    Hazel O’Connor
    Hubert Kah
    Jules Shear

    Okay I have more likely but that’s long enough of a list for now, thanks again for your effort, you seem like you also enjoy cataloging or being an archivist as well! ~David~

  75. You’ve created an amazing compilation and, unlike most of your visitors, I decline to add suggestions to supplement your gallery. I do insist that your viewers try to take a look in the mirror; I was smoking hot in the 80s. I very much resemble the once-hot looking stars you’ve posted. I don’t feel so bad now that I see I’m sharing the ravages of time with my idols, Thanks for the trip, djrioblog!

  76. thank you for all the great memories…there is a time and a place for everything. Most of the bands here were such a big part of those wonderful years.

  77. Here’s a few more, sorry if they are repeats. Eurogliders, The Boomtown Rats, Madness, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Joe King Carasco, Big Pig, Let’s Active, Oingo Boingo, the Specials, The English Beat, Distractions, Vicious Pink, Visage, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Jam, This Mortal Coil, Lady Pank, Orange Juice, The Motors, Roxy Music, the Waitresses.