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American New Wave 1977-80
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Byrds, memorable, past, Sharona, connected, Monroe, least, 1970s, traditionalist, irony, Foreigner, exposure, Lennon, hippy, matching, urban, punk, Hammond, River, sixties, quotation, future, Schneider, Capitol, American, Mothersbaugh, simplicity, Ocasek, scandals, naive, Fieger, Weymouth, CBGB, markers, ironic, liked, Torpedos, icon, psychedelic, record, profits, art, Psycho
New Wave
arises at the end of the           
embraces the          attitude but takes the danger out of it for record companies turning it into a kind of a lifestyle choice and aesthetic attitude as opposed to any form of cultural rebellion or revolt
when you think about the Sex Pistols and the ways in which they would create                  and get themselves arrested and banned
fun stories to tell
but if you run a              company, you don't want to have an artist like that
people like that usually can't sell enough records to make it worth the trouble being professionally                    to trouble they make
record companies were not so much interested in punk
but they could see that the music might be the next big thing
for people getting tired of            rock from the first half of the 1970s
the wanted to domesticate punk a bit
try not to take away its attitude but don't let the musicians get into trouble and embarrass the record company
didn't want to lose their                in court defending things the musicians had done
New Wave was the solution
New Wave
became a way of pushing back on hippy rock music in a way that would compete with hippy rock music record sales and for                  on the radio
the hippy types knew this and at first, New Wave and Punk were not well thought of at all
American New Wave Groups
out of         
1978 Parallel Lines
Heart of Glass
Debbie Harry
the group            likely to succeed
success once they turned away from punk scene
Talking Heads
out of CBGB
David Byrne
Tina                  as bassist
women making a return to performing as more than the lead singer
students at the Rhode Island School of Design
understood       , aesthetics, irony
1977 Talking Heads 77
rhythmic patterns
1978 More Songs about Buildings and Food
Take Me to the           
got them on the radio and into the awareness of the American music listener
American New Wave
using ideas from the         
using ideas of                     
music from 1950s, 1960s
they are using all of this in                    marks
Debbie Harry looking like Marilyn             
not an accident
not because she liked how Marilyn Monroe looked and wanted to look like her
because Marilyn Monroe had already become a popular         
Debbie Harry didn't look like her per se but was putting her in quotation marks
Talking Heads
scaling their sound down to approach a                sound
but a sixties sound in quotation marks
The Cars
1978 The Cars
My Best Friend's Girl
Just What I Needed
the first New Wave album a rock listener would have bought if they were just testing the water
a cross between New Wave and                    or Boston
Tom Petty
initially we thought he was             
but he was never ironically quoting the            and Roger McGuinn
he just really liked it
in the 1980s, he became a new                             
New Wave
looking back at music before Sgt. Pepper
Cars using the cheap                or Vox Continental organ sounds
drawing stylistic                from earlier music
we thought Tom Petty was doing this
he actually just            that music
sounded like the Byrds
1977: "                 Girl"
Roger McGuinn heard it and wondered when he had recorded it
1979 Album: Damn the                 
Don't do Me Like That
Bob and Mark                         
1978: Are We Not Men? We are Devo!
produced by Brian Eno
I Can't Get No Satisfaction
come out in                  outfits
Bob1 and Bob2
full of           
art school students
what we thought the              would be like in the 50s but we know it is not going to be like that so we can use this in quotations
two female backup singers
1979: B-52s
"Rock Lobster"
it's hard to listen to Rock Lobster and not hear the irony in it, between the kind of pre-                       cheesy organ and the surf guitar licks
together with a kind of herky jerky like voice not unlike the Talking Heads
not so much a synthesis but a collage of pre-hippy musical references all being used in a very ironic way
more as a way of protesting hippy music than endorsing pre-hippy music
the song "incredibly infectious" and "                  "
The Knack
out of Los Angeles
1979 Get The Knack
records it with                Records (same as Beatles with Meet the Beatles)
wants the old logo that looks like the Beatles logo
pictures on album as if they are on the Ed Sullivan show
matching suits
narrow ties
Fieger looking an awful lot like John             
this copying of the Beatles worked
#1 album in 1979
"My               "

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Ideas and Concepts:

Musical genres without teeth, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "New Wave arose in America at the end of the 1970s as a kind of response and emulation of punk music coming out of the UK. But while New Wave embraced the punk attitude, it took the danger out of it so that record companies could market them, turning the genre into a kind of a lifestyle choice and aesthetic attitude as opposed to any form of cultural rebellion or revolt. By the end of the 1980s, New Wave was widely applied to nearly every new pop or pop rock artist that predominantly used synthesizers."
From the best-of-new-wave department via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class:

"It's hard to listen to the 1979 B-52s Rock Lobster and not hear the energetic irony in it, between the kind of pre-psychodelic cheesy organ and the surf guitar licks, together with a kind of herky jerky voice not unlike the Talking Heads but with more guts leaning further out the window toward punk.

Rock Lobster is not so much a synthesis but a collage of pre-hippy musical references all being used in a very ironic almost satirical absurdity and energy.

Its lyrics include nonsensical lines about a beach party and excited rants about real or imagined marine animals ("There goes a dog-fish, chased by a cat-fish, in flew a sea robin, watch out for that piranha, there goes a narwhal, here comes a bikini whale!"), accompanied by absurd, fictional noises attributed to them provided by Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, Pierson providing the higher-pitched noises and Wilson the lower-pitched tones, the chorus consists of the words Rock Lobster repeated over and over on top of a keyboard line.

Coming at the end of the 70s, Rock Lobster is performed more as a way of protesting hippy music and introducing something completely new, rather than endorsing any kind of pre-hippy music other than to put it in quotation marks.

The song has best been described as "incredibly infectious" and "memorable"."
1970s: Hippie Aesthetic, Corporate Rock, Disco, and Punk
British Blues-Based Bands and the Roots of Heavy Metal
American Blues Rock and Southern Rock
The Era of Progressive Rock
Jazz Rock in the 70s
Theatrical Rock: KISS, Bowie, and Alice Cooper
American Singer-Songwriters of the 70s
British and Canadian Singer-Songwriters
Country Rock's Influence on 1970s Music
Black Pop in the 1970s
Sly Stone and His Influence on Black Pop, Funk, and Psychedelic Soul
Motown in the 1970s
Philadelphia Sound and Soul Train
Blaxploitation Soundtracks
The Uniqueness of James Brown
Bob Marley and the Rise of Reggae
The Backlash Against Disco
1975-1980: The Rise of the Mega-Αlbum
Continuity Bands in the 1970s
Rock and Roll in the Second Half of the 1970s
U.S. Punk 1967-1975
1974-77: Punk in the UK
American New Wave 1977-80
British New Wave 1977-80
The Hippie Aesthetic: 1966-1980
The Rise of MTV
Michael Jackson: MTV's Unexpected Boon
Madonna as Disruptive Shock Artist
Prince and Janet Jackson
Other Groups Who Benefited from MTV
1980s New Traditionalists and New Wave
1980s New Acts, Old Styles and Blue-Eyed Soul
1970s Progressive Rock Adapts to the 80s
1980's Heavy Metal
1980s Heavy Metal and L.A. Hair Bands
1980s Ambitious Heavy Metal
The Beginning of Rap
1980s: Rap Crosses Over to Mainstream
Late 1980s Hard Core Rap
Punk Goes Hardcore
Late 80s Indie Rock Underground
1990s: The Rise of Alternative Rock
1990s Indie Rock and the Question of Selling Out
1990s Metal and Alternative Extensions
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
Classic Rock of the 1990s
1990s Jam Bands and Britpop
Female Singer-Songwriters of the 1990s
The Rise of Teen Idols in the 1990s
1990s Dance Music