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Go-Go's Bassist Kathy Valentine Is on the "Write" Track After a Rock-Hard Life

The '80s were a wild and crazy time also filled with troubles, heartbreak and disappointment for Go-Go's bass player-guitarist Kathy Valentine, who covers many of those moments in her intriguing dual project that she discusses in this freewheeling interview.

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The Revillos Reprise Their DayGlo Pop-Rock on ​'Compendium of Weird'

A collection of ragged rehearsal recordings, out-takes, and alternate versions that is actually worth the price of admission? The Revillos have pulled it off.

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Pet Shop Boys Deliver Another Glorious, Smart, and Relevant Pop Album with 'Hotspot'

Four decades in the music business is no small feat, and yet the Pet Shop Boys enter the new decade sounding just as current and catchy as the pop landscape they helped construct.

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Morris Day Gives the Reader a Funky Take on a Life in Funk with 'On Time'

Day built his everything on top of Prince's everything, and it's no secret. In his memoir, On Time, he channels the superstar to enjoyable effect.

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With a New Covers Project, Juliana Hatfield Sets Her Sights on the Police

Continuing her take on artist-themed covers albums, Juliana Hatfield takes a stab at the Police songbook, with unique, marvelous results.

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OMD at 40: Making Sense of a Synthpop Legacy

OMD's first three albums were crucial in the development of ambitious, intellectual, art-pop. They also led to the emergence of a whole generation of electronic pop groups that have continually influenced artists up to this day.

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New Order in Berlin: Timeless and Timely

In Berlin, dance-rock legends New Order prove once again why their music draws attention nearly 40 years on.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Souvenir [40th Anniversary Box Set]

British synthpop pioneers, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark mark 40 great years with a singles collection and vault-emptying box set.

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Metronomy Create Some of Their Best Music on ​​'Metronomy Forever'​​

Ranging in tone and style, Metronomy's Metronomy Forever feels like a spiritual successor to their second album Nights Out.

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Stereo Total Offer Dancing, Dreaming, and Drugs, with a Hint of "Da Da Da"

Eurotrash bargain basement new wave dance pop, with the occasional moody detour, is business as usual for Stereo Total, and business is good on Ah! Quel Cinéma!

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Prefab Sprout's Audacious Pop of 1984-92 Is Illuminated on Four Vinyl Re-issues

On remastered and reconfigured versions of Prefab Sprout LPs Swoon, From Langley Park to Memphis, Jordan: The Comeback, and A Life of Surprises, songs involving a chess grandmaster, Springsteen, Elvis, Jesse James, God and Lucifer get a deserved new lease of life.

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Ric Ocasek and the Cars: Just What We Needed

That mullet, those shades, the slender build, and his angular mug in those epic videos from the days when MTV ruled. The Cars' Ric Ocasek was the picture boy of '70s and '80s new wave / power pop.

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Synthpop Pioneer Fad Gadget's Music Is Finally Back in Release

The singular synth/industrial/performance art innovator and provocateur Fad Gadget influenced Depeche Mode and scores of others, but never really got his due.

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The B-52s 30-year Anniversary Re-Issue of 'Cosmic Thing' Keeps the Party Going

With Cosmic Thing, the B-52s launched into the big time, shooting up the national album and singles charts with "Channel Z", followed by "Love Shack" and "Roam".

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Bananarama Turn Up the 'Stereo' for Their First Album in 10 Years

British pop legends Bananarama return with their first new music in 10 years and they tell us about their latest work as well as their lengthy career that took off in the 1980s.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Songs of the '80s

One of our most popular series ever, this 2015 list of the 1980s best "alternative" music has it all, from new wave to punk and post-punk to goth.

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Hero Worship: The B-52's Embrace Their Place in Rock History

To casual onlookers, they made for the best kind of disposable party pop. To their devoted fans, they were taboo-breaking new wave kingpins. Now, with four decades of history under their belt, the B-52's look back and take their bow. Cindy Wilson speaks to PopMatters about their legacy.

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Minimal Compact Revisit Classic, "Statik Dancin'" (premiere)

Minimal Compact revisit classics from their past on new LP produced by Wire's Colin Newman. The sound capitalizes on the legendary group's live energy.

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'Birth of a Nation' Unearths a Trove of Music from the Liverpool Scene

Over three discs and four hours, Cherry Red Records does a deep dive into the output of Liverpool's Inevitable Records, home to Pete Wylie and Pete Burns, among many others.

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British Electro Band Guest Singer Release Video for "New Experience" (premiere + interview)

"New Experience" pairs Guest Singer's brand of new wave and intelligent electropop with an arresting typographic video from artist and designer Richard De Hoxar.

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Still Fun After All These Years: An Interview with Wang Chung

Wang Chung's Nick Feldman recalls making one of the band's biggest hits, working with one of film's greatest directors, and the future of Wang Chung itself.

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Faceted Depictions of War: On Jan Němec's 'Diamonds of the Night' (Démanty noci)

Are fantasies mixed up with memories in Jan Němec's film adaptation of Arnošt Lustig's autobiographical story of surviving WWII, Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci)? Will these babes forever be in the woods?

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Joe Jackson Celebrates 40 Years of Music in NYC Homecoming Show

Veteran British singer-songwriter Joe Jackson performed songs from his catalog and new album Fool.

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New Wave: Turning Rebellion into Money

If 1977 was New Wave's breakout year, by 1979 it had become an industry force, all but replacing punk as a viable vehicle or term of currency.

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Buzzcocks' 'Love Bites' Is an Uneven, But Worthwhile, Listen

Although the Buzzcocks were a singles band, their overlooked second album, Love Bites (1978), is still a solid effort, and it sounds better than ever on this reissue.

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Brits in Hot Weather #9: Love Sick, Raven, Talkboy, Martha Hill, and Free Money

In this edition, we have edgy, dark synthpop from Love Sick, analogue, electronic beats from Raven, quickfire indie from Talkboy, the stunning voice of Martha Hill, and a new wave singalong from Free Money.

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A Long-Faded '80s Music Festival Makes a Return to the Spotlight

Unlike most rock festivals that came before it, the US Festival in 1982 was unique and at times groundbreaking.

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'Sowas Von Egal' Shines a Spotlight on the Undergroud German Synthpop Scene of the Early '80s

The most interesting aspect of Sowas Von Egal is the tracks that focus on the rigid, guttural, tribal yet highly danceable electro-industrial sound that was exemplified by the German DAF and Belgian Front 242.

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David Byrne Rocks San Francisco to Help Manifest an American Utopia

Still one of the boldest artists in the music world, both a new album and tour find David Byrne exploring the concept that music can influence society in a more positive direction.

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Wild Nothing Goes '80s New Wave on 'Indigo'

Indigo signals a throwback to Wild Nothing's previous LP Gemini while also traversing the sonic territory of '80s new wave.

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Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey on the Seduction of Nostalgia, Creative Drive, and 'Science Fiction'

Though he hasn't been quiet in the 35 years since the Thompson Twins came to an end, Tom Bailey is just now getting around to his solo debut, Science Fiction.

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Thomas Dolby Re-examined on His New Greatest Hits Compilation

It's easy to think of the neon and synthesizers of the 1980s as fodder for nostalgia. However, Hyperactive demonstrates how much heart, wit, and humor went into Thomas Dolby's records.

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Midge Ure's 'Orchestrated' Is a Career-defining Performance

In the end, the most impressive feature of these new recordings of Midge Ure is Ure's voice.

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Wire's 'Pink Flag', 'Chairs Missing', and '154' Resonate Decades Later

The first three albums from groundbreaking punk/post-punk band Wire still serve as a benchmark for what punk rock could be at its best as well as where underground music would go in the decades that followed.

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Multicultural Sounds Power 'Chebran Volume 2: French Boogie 1982-1989'

Chebran Volume 2 continues Born Bad Records' exploration of French boogie from '70s and '80s, with Volume 2 focusing on the years 1982-89.

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