THE NEW ROMANTICS

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The New Romantic movement, also termed blitz, combined techno-pop elements with a glitzy fashion sense originating from the disco club scene. The continued popularity of dance-oriented rock styles in England following the disco era, combined with the heightened fashion consciousness exhibited by British youth, explains why most most blitz artists came out of that environment.

While the genre had its origins in the late 1970s, it didn't move out of the underground until late 1982. The pivotal factor proved to be MTV's receptiveness to broadcasting video clips of blitz bands. Established in the fall of 1981, the pioneering cable channel suffered from a dearth of quality product to program round the clock. The New Romantics--telegenic, sexy, and exuding a careful, fun-loving approach to life--soon dominated MTV playlists and, ultimately, radio programming and industry sales charts.

The movement had lost its momentum by the mid-1980s, however, due to competition from a wide array of postpunk styles as well as the tendency of many blitz bands to implode from within. While a considerable number of solo performers emerged from the fragmentation of these groups, none of them were able to achieve anything approaching the success they'd enjoyed the first time around.

 

Top Artists and Their Recordings

ABC--The Lexicon of Love (1982); "Look of Love" (1983); "Poison Arrow" (1983); Beauty Stab (1983); How to be a...Zillionaire! (1985); "Be Near Me" (1985); Alphabet City (1987)

Adam and the Ants/Adam Ant--Kings of the Wild Frontier (1981); Prince Charming (1981); Friend or Foe (1982); "Goody Two Shoes" (1983); Strip (1983); Vive Le Rock (1985); Manners and Physique (1990)

Culture Club--Kissing to Be Clever (1983); "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (1983); "Time (Clock of the Heart)" (1983); "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" (1983); Colour By Numbers (1983); "Karma Chameleon" (1984); "Church of the Poison Mind" (1984); "Miss Me Blind" (1984); Waking Up With the House on Fire (1984); From Luxury to Heartache (1986)

Duran Duran--Duran Duran (1981); Rio (1982); Carnival (1982); "Hungry Like a Wolf" (1983); Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983); "The Reflex" (1983); "Union of the Snake" (1984); "New Moon on Monday" (1984); Arena (1984); "Is There Something I Should Know" (1984); "Wild Boys" (1985); Notorious (1986); Big Thing (1988); Liberty (1990)

Haircut 100--Pelican West (1982)

Kajagoogoo--White Feathers (1983); "Too Shy" (1983); Extra Play (1985)

Naked Eyes--Naked Eyes (1983); "Always Something There to Remind Me" (1983); "Promises, Promises" (1983); Fuel for the Fire (1984)

Spandau Ballet--True (1983); Parade (1984)

The Thompson Twins--In the Name of Love (1982); Side Kicks (1983); Into the Gap (1984); "Hold Me Now" (1984); "Doctor! Doctor!" (1984); Here's to Future Days (1985); "Lay Your Hands on Me" (1985); "King For a Day" (1986); Close to the Bone (1987); Big Trash (1989)

Visage/Steve Strange--Visage (1981)