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RockBoar.com Picture    Punk rock may not had the all-encompassing revolutionary effect that it orginally was supposed to-after all, disco and pop still reigned on the charts after the "sex Pistols" disbandment-but it left a number of musical upheavals in its wake. At the time, every musical genre that followed punk was termed "New Wave", in homage to the generation of French filmmakers that revolutionized the cinema in the 50's.[1]

    In America, same of the very first punk bands indicated how the music would transform into New Wave. With their ironic reworkings of '60s pop, bubblegum and garage rock, Blondie and the Ramones had the melodic sensibilities, as well as the visual gimmicksthat would proveto be commercial New Wave success. However, Blondie-who were blessed with Debbie Harry's sexy, photogenic looks-made the commercial crossover, and the Ramones remained the cult act, no matter how hard they tried to break into pop charts with buzzing catchy rockers like "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" and "Rock & Roll Radio".[1]

   MTV needed videous to fill their 24 hours of programming, and New Wawe, particulary New Romantics, become their key to success. Soon, these groups, who had significant success in England, began making across America, not only in New York and Los Angeles, but also in the mid-west. Elvis Costello, the Clash, the Go-Go's, the Police, the Cars, the Pretenders, the Talking Heads became stars thanks to MTV and mainstream radio play, but MTV's most significiant contribution was fueling the last great era of one-hit wonders.[1]-


1. "All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive guide to Rock, Pop, and soul". Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas. 3rd Edition. Publisher: Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-653-X. p. 1338, Stephen Thomas Erlewine

New Wave bands starting with 'B': 8 bands in database

B-52's (United States)Bel Ami (Germany)
Big Balls (Germany)Big Balls and the Great White Idiot (Germany)
Big in Japan (United Kingdom)Blitz Brothers (United Kingdom)
Boys (United Kingdom)Buzzcocks (United Kingdom)
 

New Wave artists starting with 'B': 66 artists in database

Adrian BelewAlex Bash
Andy BarnettArturo Bassick
Bernhard BeiblBette Bright
BidBill Bruford
Boz BoorerBoz Burrell
Brittley BlackBudgie
Carrie BoothChris Bashford
Chris BennettChris Brazier
Chris ButlerD.J. Bonebrake
Danny McCullochDave Barbarossa
Dave BatesDavid Balfe
Dennis BurnsDon Bolles
Ed BangerFrank Becking
Gary BarnacleGina Birch
Gregg BradenHans Bathelt
Henry BadowskiHoward Bates
Ian BroudieIngo Bischof
Jack BlackJean-Jacques Burnel
Jet BlackJo Burt
Johnny BivouacKarl Blake
Kym BradshawLee McFadden
Luci BocchinoMark Brzezicki
Mick BasherPeter Baron
Peter BaumannPhil Barker
Pierre BaroniRüdiger Braune
Rainer BergmannRandy Bulpin
Rick BucklerRoger Bunn
Sam BlueSteve Barnacle
Steve BrookesSteve Brummell
Steve BurdonStevie B.
Tim BriffaTom Brislin
Tony BarberTony Brock
Vinny BurnsWayne Barrett
 

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