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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': 9 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)Stinky Toys (France)
Stranglers (United Kingdom)

New Wave artists starting with 'S': 68 artists in database

Adam SeymourAlan Lee Shaw
Alan SpennerAna da Silva
Anna SchulteArno Steffen
Ben ShemuelBruce Smith
Bruno SchaabCasino Steel
Chris "Teepee" ShawChristian Schneider
Conrad SchnitzlerEric Shark
Fred SchneiderFred Smith
Garth SmithGaz Stoker
Geoff SewellGeoffrey Stapleton
Graham SimpsonGrant Showbiz
Gunther SteinbornJames Stevenson
Jeremy StaceyJoe Strummer
Johannes SchmoellingKeith Strickland
Kevin SavigarKlaus Schulze
Lester SquareLinda Spa
Martin StaceyMartyn Swain
Mat SargeantMax Splodge
Mick SingletonMickey Simmonds
Mike SlocombeNick Sheppard
Paul "Shirley" ShepleyPaul Simon
Paul SimononPaul Simpson
Paul SpencerPete Shelley
Pete StridePeter Schild
Peter SinfieldPhil Spalding
Randy StodolaRicky Sludge
Robert SmithRobin Simon
Rod StewartRoland Schaeffer
Siouxsie SiouxSteve Schroyder
Steve ShearsSteve Smith
Steve StrangeSteven Severin
Stuart SoulsbyT. M. Stevens
T.V. SmithTerence Sullivan
Terry SladeUlrich Schnauss
 

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