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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 'S': 11 bands in database

Rod Stewart (United Kingdom)Sector 27 (United Kingdom)
Siouxsie and The Banshees (United Kingdom)Skin (United States)
Slaughter & the Dogs (United Kingdom)Slits (United Kingdom)
Spitfire Boys (United Kingdom)Split Enz (New Zealand)
Stinky Toys (France)Stranglers (United Kingdom)
SVT (United States)

New Wave artists starting with 'S': 78 artists in database

Adam SeymourAlan Lee Shaw
Alan SpennerAna da Silva
Anna SchulteArno Steffen
Ben ShemuelBob Shilling
Bruce SmithBruno Schaab
Casino SteelChris "Teepee" Shaw
Christian SchneiderConrad Schnitzler
David SteeleDon Snow
Eric SharkFred Schneider
Fred SmithGarth Smith
Gaz StokerGeoff Sewell
Geoffrey StapletonGraham Simpson
Grant ShowbizGunther Steinborn
James StevensonJason Sniderman
Jeremy StaceyJo Shaw
Joe StrummerJohannes Schmoelling
Keith StricklandKevin Savigar
Klaus SchulzeLester Square
Linda SpaMartin Sanders
Martin StaceyMartyn Swain
Mat SargeantMax Splodge
Mick SingletonMickey Simmonds
Mike SlocombeNenad Stamatović
Nick SheppardPaul "Shirley" Shepley
Paul SimonPaul Simonon
Paul SimpsonPaul Spencer
Pete ShelleyPete Stride
Peter SchildPeter Sinfield
Phil SpaldingRandy Stodola
Ricky SludgeRobert Smith
Robin SimonRobin Spreafico
Rod StewartRoland Schaeffer
SaxaSiouxsie Sioux
Step LangSteve Schroyder
Steve ShearsSteve Smith
Steve StrangeSteven Severin
Stuart SoulsbyT. M. Stevens
T.V. SmithTerence Sullivan
Terry SladeUlrich Schnauss
 

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