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1980's British New Wave

written by: Gilligan
 
Great Britain was ground zero for the transition from punk to new wave music in the early to mid 1980's. I'll give you some clues and a sound clip, and you simply choose the correct U.K. new wave artist. If the Psychedelic Furs, Haircut 100, and Boomtown Rats are not in your vocabulary, you may want to scroll to the next quiz. We're going to dig a little deeper than Duran Duran and The Culture Club on this one. If you watched MTV in its early days, have no fear - this may be just your thing!

Question 1:

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This band's 1982 album, Lexicon of Love, contained the hits "Poison Arrow" and "The Look of Love".
Hoodoo Gurus
ABC
The Vapors
Spandau Ballet


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This band released the song "Save It for Later" in 1982. Following the breakup of this influential group, several ot its members went on to form the bands General Public and the Fine Young Cannibals.
XTC
The Fall
Timbuk 3
The English Beat


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This group was among the first artists to abandon punk in favor of the new wave. Notable hits include "Friend or Foe", "Kings of the Wild Frontier" and "Goody Two Shoes".
Talking Heads
Roxy Music
Adam & the Ants
The Jam


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"Steppin' Out", "Breaking Us In Two" and "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" were big hits in the 1980's for this musician.
Joe Jackson
Howard Jones
Gary Numan
Peter Schilling


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Question 5:

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In 1982 this band scored a hit with "Der Kommissar".
Art of Noise
Wall of Voodoo
Berlin
After the Fire


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Question 6:

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This artist is perhaps best known for his 1982 song "She Blinded Me With Science".
Joe Jackson
Peter Gabriel
Thomas Dolby
Elvis Costello


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This band released the new wave hits "Love My Way" in 1982 and "Heartbreak Beat" in 1987. They also recorded the title song to the 1986 John Hughes movie, Pretty in Pink.
Gene Loves Jezebel
Psychedelic Furs
Johnny Hates Jazz
Flesh for Lulu


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Question 8:

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This group recorded several successful synthesizer based songs including "Doctor, Doctor" and "Hold Me Now".
Soft Cell
A-ha
Missing Persons
Thompson Twins


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Question 9:

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This band is perhaps best known for their first single, a cover of the classic Burt Bacharach song "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me".
Naked Eyes
Missing Persons
Aldo Nova
The Romantics


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Question 10:

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This group's 1982 album, The Hurting, contained the U.K. top 5 hits "Mad World", "Pale Shelter", and "Change". Their 1984 follow up LP was a much bigger success, going quintuple-platinum.
Men at Work
Tears for Fears
Depeche Mode
Frankie Goes to Hollywood


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Their song "Don't You Want Me" was one of the biggest hits of 1981, and one of the top all time selling singles in the U.K,.
Animotion
Modern English
Human League
Men Without Hats


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In 2003 the band No Doubt recorded a successful cover version of the song "It's My Life", originally recorded by this English new wave band in 1984.
Tubeway Army
The Tubes
Tom Tom Club
Talk Talk


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"One Thing Leads To Another" was a successful single from this band's 1983 album, Reach the Beach.
'Til Tuesday
Midnight Oil
The Fixx
A Flock of Seagulls


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Originally, a 1965 song by the Strangeloves, "I Want Candy" was a big hit in 1982 for this band.
Bow Wow Wow
The Go-Betweens
Bananarama
Scandal


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They are one of the longest-lived and most successful bands to have emerged from the New Wave era. Notable songs include: "Just Can't Get Enough", "People Are People", and "Master and Servant".
The Cure
Pet Shop Boys
New Order
Depeche Mode


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Question 16:

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By 1986 the new wave movement was beginning to decline; however, this musical team still scored a successful synthesizer hit with "West End Girls".
Pet Shop Boys
Love and Rockets
The Smiths
Wang Chung


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Question 17:

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This English artist had hits with "New Song" in 1983 and "What is Love?" in 1984.
Nik Kershaw
Corey Hart
Howard Jones
Peter Gabriel


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Question 18:

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"Come On Eileen" by this band was the biggest-selling British single of 1982.
INXS
Bronski Beat
Dexy's Midnight Runners
Fun Boy Three


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Question 19:

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After leaving the influential band Tubeway Army, this artist began a solo career with the hit single "Cars" in 1980.
Falco
Gary Numan
Gavin Rossdale
Peter Murphy


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Question 20:

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The song featured in the sound clip was released by this artist in 1982 from their album After the Snow. The song was included in the movie Valley Girl (1983).
Madness
The Ocean Blue
World Party
Modern English


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Question 21:

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This reggae influenced band from Birmingham, England achieved chart success with "Red Red Wine" in 1983.
Madness
The Members
UB40
Squeeze


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In 1985, the single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" went to #1 on the UK singles chart for this band from Liverpool.
When In Rome
Romeo Void
Go West
Dead or Alive


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This band is generally known for their 1985 hit "If You Leave" for the movie Pretty in Pink, but had achieved substantial success in the U.K. prior to the soundtrack.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Public Image Ltd.
Dexy's Midnight Runners


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Question 24:

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Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart comprise this musical act formed in 1980, which has since sold over 75 million records.
Roxette
The Sundays
Ace of Base
Eurythmics


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The original lineup of this band, with the exception of their lead singer Chrissie Hynde, were from Hereford, England, near Wales. Notable songs include: "Brass in Pocket" and "Talk of the Town".
The Pretenders
The Cardigans
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Simple Minds


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