by Tony Maygarden
|"New Wave," a
term borrowed from the French New Wave cinema movement in the late 50s and early
60s, was used by the music press to describe the wide variety of new rock music
styles that emerged in the mid-70s. The new music was faster, shorter, more "street"
oriented, and in some cases, contained political and/or socially conscious lyrics.
The bands and singers flaunted their newness, and many made a distinct effort
to distance themselves from the previous generation of "Dinosaur Rock"
Even in the beginning, a wide range of styles was thrown into the New Wave melting pot, and it wasn't long before sub-genres broke out: "Punk," "Power Pop," "Techno," "Ska," etc. By the late 80s the term New Wave had been pretty much abandoned by the music industry, with the myriad of ever increasing sub-genres lumped together under the phrase "Alternative Rock."
The sleeves here roughly fall into the period 1976 to 1987. They were chosen from my collection, and some were supplied by friends. They don't necessarily reflect the best or most important musical output of the New Wave, but I tried for a good representation of great sleeve art. I also wanted to provide a quick overview of sleeve art from this period for graphic artists and designers. Much like the music, the sleeve art was stylistically diverse and in many cases strikingly different from sleeve art of earlier decades (although a retro '50s look was quite popular).
I make no claims that the gallery is a complete overview of any particular New Wave artist's sleeves. There are some obvious omissions (no Madonna? no Prince?). Some sub-genres don't get as much coverage as others. Some of the artists included here would probably blanche at being called "New Wave" but they're here anyway. There is also one page of artists who predated the New Wave but who were both big influences on the New Wave movement and were still making music in this period.
As for more historical and discographical information on individual artists, I suggest you go to google and do a search. Include the word "discography" with the artist name.
NEAT NEW WAVE LINKS
fact-index new wave page: Basic history and background about the New Wave movement and major artists.
punkmodpop Covers pretty much what it's name implies, with cover scans.
New Wave Photos by Philippe Carly: Stage photos of a surprisingly large number of the artists with sleeves in the Endless Groove gallery. Cool stuff!
New Wave "Powerpop" fans will definitely want to check out:
NEW WAVE SINGLES
Gemm is a database of thousands of professional dealers, and there are millions (literally!) of items listed. You can probably find just about all of the sleeves listed in this gallery through Gemm, although admittedly you may have to pay a lot for some of them. You can go straight to gemm.com, but if you click on the Gemm links you will find throughout the gallery, you will be magically transported to our Gemm affiliate page with the artist's vinyl listing pre-sorted for you. When you buy through our affiliate page we get a small (very small) commission from Gemm for each sale. This doesn't cost you, the buyer, anything, as it comes out of Gemm's commission from the dealer. A single sale's commission isn't much, but they do add up and help pay for the upkeep of this site.
The Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records,
edited by Ira A. Robbins, Scribners, 1983.
Plus years and years of reading music magazines such as Rolling Stone, Trouser Press and Creem.
Also, thanks to my friends Mark and Preston for making some of the sleeves available.
PAGES OF NEW WAVE SLEEVE SCANS!
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7 - 8 - 9 - 10
- 11 - 12 - 13
- 14 - 15 - 16
- 17 - 18 - 19
- 20 - 21
22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 - 32 - 33 - 34 - 35 - 36 - 37 - 38 - 39 - 40 - 41 - 42
ARTIST INDEX PAGE - INTRODUCTION
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