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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".
ABC
Spandau Ballet
The Vapors
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 Fall
Timbuk 3
The English Beat
XTC


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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".
Adam & the Ants
Talking Heads
The Jam
Roxy Music


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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.
Gary Numan
Howard Jones
Joe Jackson
Peter Schilling


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


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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".
Elvis Costello
Joe Jackson
Peter Gabriel
Thomas Dolby


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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
Psychedelic Furs
Gene Loves Jezebel
Johnny Hates Jazz


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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".
Missing Persons
Soft Cell
A-ha
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".
Aldo Nova
The Romantics
Missing Persons
Naked Eyes


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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.
Tears for Fears
Men at Work
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,.
Men Without Hats
Modern English
Human League
Animotion


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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
Talk Talk
Tom Tom Club
The Tubes


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


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Originally, a 1965 song by the Strangeloves, "I Want Candy" was a big hit in 1982 for this band.
Bananarama
The Go-Betweens
Scandal
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".
Pet Shop Boys
New Order
Depeche Mode
The Cure


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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
Wang Chung
The Smiths
Love and Rockets


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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.
Corey Hart
Nik Kershaw
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.
Bronski Beat
INXS
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
Peter Murphy
Gavin Rossdale
Gary Numan


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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).
Modern English
World Party
The Ocean Blue
Madness


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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.
Squeeze
Madness
The Members
UB40


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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.
Go West
Romeo Void
When In Rome
Dead or Alive


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Question 23:

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


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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.
Eurythmics
The Sundays
Ace of Base
Roxette


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


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