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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".
The Vapors
Spandau Ballet
Hoodoo Gurus

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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.
The English Beat
Timbuk 3
The Fall

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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.
Peter Schilling
Gary Numan
Joe Jackson
Howard Jones

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

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This artist is perhaps best known for his 1982 song "She Blinded Me With Science".
Thomas Dolby
Joe Jackson
Peter Gabriel
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.
Flesh for Lulu
Johnny Hates Jazz
Gene Loves Jezebel
Psychedelic Furs

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

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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".
The Romantics
Aldo Nova
Missing Persons
Naked Eyes

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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,.
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.
Tom Tom Club
Talk Talk
The Tubes
Tubeway Army

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"One Thing Leads To Another" was a successful single from this band's 1983 album, Reach the Beach.
Midnight Oil
'Til Tuesday
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.
The Go-Betweens
Bow Wow Wow

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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".
New Order
Depeche Mode
Pet Shop Boys
The Cure

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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
The Smiths
Wang Chung
Love and Rockets

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

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

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

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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).
The Ocean Blue
World Party
Modern English

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

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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.
Dead or Alive
Go West
When In Rome
Romeo Void

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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.
Public Image Ltd.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Dexy's Midnight Runners
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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

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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".
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Simple Minds
The Pretenders
The Cardigans

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