Punk Rock Goes New Wave 1978-2008

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30-Year Anniversary of “Punk” Going “New Wave” 1978-2008

Bruce Foxton

Bruce Foxton from The Jam

2008 marks the 30-year anniversary of the start of New Wave Music. Punk rock made the scene in 1976. But it was 1978 when someone, maybe the record companies, decided to shy away from the term “Punk” and began to use the less threatening phrase “New Wave”. Some bands held onto the punk classification, like The Clash, The Ramones and The Sex Pistols. But the trend held, and more and more artists that came out as Punks were now considered New Wave. Elvis Costello, The Jam, Joe Jackson, Blondie, The B-52’s & The Talking Heads were some of these bands, just to name a few. The music from a lot of these groups has also held up pretty well over the years. If you haven’t listened to Joe Jackson’s “Look Sharp”, Elvis Costello’s “This Year’s Model” or Talking Heads’ “77”, give them a spin. You won’t be disappointed.

The Band Talking Heads

The Talking Heads Hampton Beach Casino NH

I have attached some old concert photos I took back in the day. Hope you like them and let us know what you think about The New Wave.


Blondie in Boston, MA

Lead Singer Talking Heads

David Byrne of the Talking Heads

Joe Jackson Band

Joe Jackson Band

B-52's Band

Kate Pierson of the B-52’s

Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer of The Clash

Joe Strummer Performing

Joe Strummer of The Clash

Last updated: Jul 06, 2008
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