Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn is an American New Wave/art-pop musician from Jacksonville, Fla., who first recorded with Athens garage-psych band The Fans, which issued three singles on Blue Beam and Albion between 1977 and 1980. As a solo artist, he issued a standalone single on DB Rec in 1979. He then assembled a backing band, the Regiment […]

Industry

Industry were an American New Wave/synthpop band from NYC, formed in 1978 as Industrial Complex by ex-Cathedral drummer Mercury Caronia. The initial combo released an eponymous EP on self-press Metro Records in 1980. After a lineup overhaul that roped-in fellow Cathedral alumnus Rudy Perrone, the band issued a second EP, Turning to Light, on self-press […]

Eardance

Eardance was an American art-rock band from Chicago that released the album Seek Opposites on self-press Touch Records in 1982. The album is one of the earliest to feature extensive use of the Chapman Stick, played by multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Jim Jacobsen, who later became a soundtrack composer. Members: Jim Jacobsen (bass, guitar, Chapman Stick, clarinet, synthesizer, […]

The Brains

The Brains were an American new wave band from Georgia that released the 1978 independent single “Money Changes Everything” (later covered by Cyndi Lauper) and the 1980–81 Mercury albums The Brains and Electronic Eden. After their 1982 EP Dancing Under Streetlights, guitarist Rick Price became the bassist of Georgia Satellites. Members: Tom Gray (vocals, keyboards), […]

The Method Actors

The Method Actors were an American New Wave band from Athens, Ga., that released two albums and assorted shortplayers on Press Records (US) and Armageddon (UK) between 1980 and 1983. Members: Vic Varney (vocals, guitar, bass), David Gamble (drums, vocals, 1979-82), Michael Richmond (guitar, bass, 1982-83), Robert Schmid (drums, 1982-83), Stan Satin (saxophone, percussion, vocals, […]

Pylon

Pylon were an American New Wave band from Athens, Ga., that debuted with a standalone single on DB Recs in 1979, followed by two albums with accompanying singles between 1980 and 1983. Along with local contemporaries The B-52’s and The Method Actors, Pylon’s scratchy/jerky/angular style served as a comedic counterpart to the similar yet more […]

Bush Tetras

Bush Tetras were an American No Wave/punk-funk band from NYC that released three shortplayers on the specialty labels 99 and Fetish in 1980/83. A live cassette, Wild Things, appeared on ROIR upon the band’s initial breakup in 1983. Guitarist Pat Place hailed from James Chance‘s Blacks/Contortions conglomerate and the ZE Records super-project Aural Exciters. Members: […]

Xex

Xex were an American coldwave band from South River, NJ, that released the album Group: Xex on self-press What’s That Music in 1980. Half the band regrouped in 2013 to cut retro material, issued with 1981 live recordings on the Dark Entries disc Change. Members: David Anderson, Alex Zander, Thumbalina Gugielmo, Waw Pierogi, Jon-Boy Diode […]

Scandal

Scandal were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from N.Y.C. Members: Patty Smyth (vocals), Zack Smith (guitar, vocals), Ivan Elias (bass), Keith Mack (guitar, vocals), Benjy King (keyboards, vocals), Frankie LaRocka (drums), Thommy Price (drums, vocals) Discography: Scandal (EP, 1982) Warrior (1984 • Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth)

Berlin

Berlin were an American New Wave/synthpop band from Los Angeles. Members: John Crawford (bass, vocals, 1979-86), Rod Learned (drums, 1979-82), Chris Ruiz-Valesco (guitar, 1979-82), Daniel Van Patten (drums, 1979-82), Jo Julian (keyboards, 1979-80), Ty Cobb (lead vocals, 1979), Terri Nunn (lead vocals, 1979, 1981-87, 1998-present), Toni Childs (lead vocals, 1979), Virginia Macolino (lead vocals, 1980), […]

Our Daughters Wedding

Our Daughters Wedding were an American New Wave/synthpop band from San Francisco. Members: Keith Silva (vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, guitar), Layne Rico (synthesizer, vocals, drums, drum machine), Scott Simon (synthesizer, saxophone, vocals, guitar, bass synth), Jim Nevius Discography: “Nightlife” / “Raincoats & Silverware” (1980) Digital Cowboy (EP, 1981) Moving Windows (1982)

Face to Face

Face to Face were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from Boston that released two albums on Epic in 1984 and 1985, followed by a third on Mercury in 1988. Members: Laurie Sargent (vocals), Stuart Kimball (guitar, keyboards), Angelo Petraglia (guitar, keyboards), John Ryder (bass), Billy Beard (drums) Discography: Face to Face (1984) Confrontation (1985) One […]

The Units

The Units were an American New Wave/synthpunk band from San Francisco. Members: Scott Ryser (synthesizer, vocals), Richard Driskill (drums, backing vocals, 1978-80), Tim Ennis (synthesizer, backing vocals, 1978-79), Rachel Webber (synthesizer, vocals, 1979-84), Alex Rudis (synthesizer 1979-80), Brad Saunders (drums 1980-81), Seth Miller (drums, 1981-83), David Allen, Jr. (synthesizer, vocals, 1983-84), Jabari Allen (synthesizer, vocals, […]

Skafish

Skafish were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Chicago. Members: Jim Skafish (vocals), Lawrence Mazalan (guitar, bass, vocals, 1976-80), Greg Sarchet (bass, vocals, 1976-79), Roger Jones (drums, 1976), Larry Mysliwiec (drums, percussion, 1976-85), David Prochazka (keyboards, vocals, 1976-78), Karen Winner (guitar, vocals, slide guitar, 1977-79), Mark Winner (keyboards, vocals, 1978-79), Javier Cruz (synthesizers, keyboards, vocals, […]

Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Richard Elfman (vocals, percussion, 1972-76), Marie-Pascale Elfman (vocals, 1972-77), Matthew Bright (bass, 1972-73), Ernie Fosselius (musical director, 1972-73), Billy Superball [aka William Folwell] (trumpet, bass, 1972-74), Lori Mann (accordion, vocals, 1972-1977), William Winant (percussion, 1972-75), Stan Ayeroff (guitar, 1972-75), Danny Elfman (vocals, guitar, […]

The Cars

The Cars were an American New Wave/modern-rock band that released six studio albums on Elektra between 1978 and 1987. Their first two albums, The Cars (1978) and Candy-O (1979), spawned a slew of radio-rock evergreens, including “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll, and “Let’s Go.” A turn toward icy modernism […]

Tin Huey

Tin Huey were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Akron, Ohio. Members: Mark Price (bass, vocals), Ralph Carney (horns), Chris Butler (vocals, guitar), Michael Aylward (guitar, vocals), Harvey Gold (keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals), Stuart Austin [aka Napoleon Lemans] (drums), Ralph Legnini (guitar, vocals), Bob Ethington (percussion) Discography: Tin Huey (EP, 1977) Breakfast With the Hueys […]

Missing Persons

Missing Persons were an American New Wave band from Los Angeles. Members: Dale Bozzio (lead vocals), Warren Cuccurullo (guitar, vocals, 1980-86, 2001-03), Terry Bozzio (drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesiser, guitar, vocals, 1980-86, 2001), Patrick O’Hearn (bass, synthesiser, 1981-86), Chuck Wild (keyboards, synthesiser, 1981-85) Discography: Missing Persons (EP, 1980) Spring Session M (1982) Rhyme & Reason (1984) […]

Animotion

Animotion were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Astrid Plane (vocals, 1984-88, 2001-present), Bill Wadhams (vocals, guitar, keyboards, 1984-88, 2001-present), Charles Ottavio (bass, 1984-88, 2001-present), Frenchy O’Brien (drums, percussion, 1984), Jim Blair (drums, 1985-88), Paul Antonelli (keyboards, 1984), Greg Smith (keyboards, 1984-89, 2001-present), Don Kirkpatrick (guitar, 1984-89, 2001-present), Cynthia Rhodes (vocals, 1989), […]

Fibonaccis

Fibonaccis were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Magie Song (vocals, percussion), Ron Stringer (guitar, bass, vocals, percussion), John Dentino (piano, mellotron, keyboards, vocals), Joe Berardi (drums, percussion, vibraphone, cello), Tom Corey (bass, mandolin, guitar) Discography: Fĭʼ-bō-năʼ-chēz (EP, 1982) Tumor (EP, 1983) Civilization and Its Discotheques (1987)

MX-80 Sound

MX-80 Sound were an American avant-rock band from Bloomington, Ind. Members: Bruce Anderson (guitar, vocals), Dale Sophiea (bass, vocals), Jeff Armour (drums, 1975-78), Kevin Teare (drums, 1975-76), Rich Stim (vocals, saxophone, guitar, 1976-present), Dave Mahoney (drums, 1976-2006), Mark Weinstein (drums, 1984-present), Jim Hrabetin (guitar, 1985-present) Discography: Big Hits – Hard Pop From The Hoosiers (EP, […]

Talking Heads

Talking Heads were an American New Wave/art-rock band that released eight studio albums on Sire between 1977 and 1988. Members: David Byrne (vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz (drums), Tina Weymouth (bass, vocals), Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar, 1976-92) Formation, first recordings Talking Heads developed from a partnership between guitarist/songwriter David Byrne and drummer Chris Frantz. The two […]

The Shirts

The Shirts were an American New Wave band from N.Y.C. that released three albums on Capitol between 1978 and 1980. Members: Annie Golden (vocals), Ronald Ardito (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Arthur La Monica (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Robert Racioppo (bass, vocals), John Piccola (guitar, keyboards, vocals), John Zeek Criscione (drums, percussion, vocals) The Shirts germinated from the […]

Television

Television was an American art-rock band from N.Y.C. that released the single “Little Johnny Jewel” on Ork in 1975, followed by two albums on Elektra: Marquee Moon (1977) and Adventure (1978). They were the first rock band to play the Bowery dive bar CBGB, which became the epicenter of the Lower East Side band boom […]

Devo

Devo were an American New Wave/art-rock band from Akron, Ohio, that released six albums on Warner Bros. between 1978 and 1984. Members: Gerald V. Casale (bass, vocals), Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Bob Lewis (slide guitar, 1972-76), Coupe de Ville [Peter Gregg] (guitar, 1972), Rod Reisman (drums, 1973), Fred Weber (vocals, 1973), Bob II [Bob […]

Dial M

Dial M were an American New Wave/synthpop duo from Los Angeles that released a self-titled album on small-press D&D Records in 1983. Multi-instrumentalist Mark Maierhoffer had a creative hand in albums by the Village People (Renaissance, 1981) and Cher (I Paralyze, 1982). Keyboardist/singer Mike Kapitan subsequently worked with Thomas Dolby. Members: Mike Kapitan (Lead Vocals, […]

The Motels

The Motels were an American New Wave/modern-rock band from Los Angeles that released five albums on Capitol between 1979 and 1985. Members: Martha Davis (vocals), Jeff Jourard (guitar, 1978-87), Marty Jourard (saxophone, keyboard 1978-1987), Michael Goodroe (bass, 1978-87), Brian Glascock (drums, 1978-87), Tim McGovern (guitar 1980-81), Guy Perry [aka Adrian Peritore] (guitar 1981-87) Discography: Motels […]

The Reds

The Reds were an American hard-rock/punk band from Philadelphia that released a self-titled album on A&M in 1979, followed by two further albums on Edmonton small-press Stony Plain Records in 1981/82. Members: Rick Shaffer (guitar, vocals), Bruce Cohen (keyboards), Tommy Geddes (drums), Jim Peters (bass) Discography: The Reds (1979) Stronger Silence (1981) Fatal Slide (1982) […]

Gary Myrick

Gary Myrick is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Dallas who released two albums and an EP on Epic between 1980 and 1983, plus a third album on Geffen in 1985. His first two albums are co-credited to his backing band The Figures. In 1991, he briefly reemerged in the band Havana 3 A.M. […]

Pink Section

Pink Section were an American New Wave/art-punk band from San Francisco that self-released the standalone single “Tour of China” in 1979, followed by an eponymous EP on three-press Modern Records in 1980. Members: Carol Detweiler (drums, vocals), Judy Gittelsohn (vocals, synthesizer), Matt Heckert (guitar, bass, vocals), Stephen Wymore (bass, guitar, synthesizer, vocals) Discography: “Tour of […]

B-52’s

The B-52’s are an American New Wave/art-pop band from Athens that released three albums and an EP on Warner Bros. between 1979 and 1983, scoring hits with “Rock Lobster,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Private Idaho,” “Give Me Back My Man,” “Legal Tender,” and “Song for a Future Generation.” After the passing of guitarist and songwriter […]

Blondie

Blondie is an American New Wave/art-pop band from NYC that emerged from the mid-1970s Bowery scene, first performing as The Stilettos before adopting the “Blondie” moniker in reference to the platinum tresses of frontwoman Debbie Harry. The band debuted with a self-titled album on Private Stock in late 1976, followed by five albums on Chrysalis […]

Trees

Trees was the recording moniker of San Diegan musician Dane Conover, who used it for the 1982 synthpop album Sleep Convention on MCA. Members: Dane Conover (Vocals, Keyboards [Yamaha 40m, Arp Odyssey, Arp 2600], Computer [Apple II], Piano [Treated Piano], Guitar, Bass, Marimba, Autoharp, Cymbal [Chinese], Chimes, Other [Radio, Glass Sliding Door]) Discography: Sleep Convention […]

Urban Verbs

The Urban Verbs were an American New Wave band from Washington, DC, that released two albums on Warner Bros. in 1980/81. Vocalist Roddy Frantz is the brother of Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz. Members: Roddy Frantz (vocals), Robert Goldstein (guitar), Linda France (piano, bass), Robin Rose (synthesizer), Danny Frankel (drums, percussion) Discography: Urban Verbs (1980) […]

Romeo Void

Romeo Void were an American New Wave band from San Francisco that released the EP Never Say Never and the album It’s a Condition on local-press 415 Records in 1981, followed by two albums on Columbia between 1982 and 1984. Members: Debora Iyall (vocals), Peter Woods (guitar), Benjamin Bossi (saxophone), Frank Zincavage (bass), John “Stench” […]

Polyrock

Polyrock were an American New Wave band from NYC that released two albums on RCA Victor in 1980/81 and an EP on PVC in 1982. Members: Lenny Aaron (keyboards), Curt Cosentino (bass, synthesizer), Catherine Oblasney (vocals, percussion), Billy Robertson (guitar, vocals), Tommy Robertson (guitar, electronics, violin), Joseph Yannece (drums, percussion, backing vocals) Discography: Polyrock (1980) […]

Red Crayola

The Red Crayola were an American psych-rock band from Houston, Tex., that released two albums on International Artists in 1967/68. The nameplate was reactivated in 1979 for the Radar Records release Soldier-Talk, recorded with members of Pere Ubu. A string of titles followed on Rough Trade and RecRec during the early 1980s, mostly in collaboration […]

Scott Wilk + The Walls

Scott Wilk + The Walls were an American New Wave band from Chicago that released a self-titled album on Warner Bros. in 1980. Singer/keyboardist Wilk subsequently teamed with Icelandic keyboardist Jakob Magnússon and Magic Band-drummer Robert Williams for a 1983 mini-LP as Bone Symphony. Wilk also played on ’80s-era albums by Charlie Sexton, Peter McIan, […]

Richard Hell & the Voidoids

Richard Hell — aka Richard Lester Meyers (born Oct. 2, 1949) — is an American singer, bassist, songwriter, and poet from Lexington, Ken., who became a fixture of NYC’s Lower East Side bohemian/art scene during the early 1970s. He first recorded with The Neon Boys, a formative version of Television. After a brief stint with […]