New Wave music

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New Wave is a subgenre of rock music that emerged in the mid to late 1970s alongside punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, and disco, rock and 1960s pop music. While it incorporated much of the original punk rock sound and ethos, such as an emphasis on short and punchy songs,[5][12] it was characterized by greater complexity in both music and lyrics. The 1990s and 2000s have seen revivals. Acts influenced by New Wave music had become popular by 2004, and the genre is currently influential on the indie rock movement.[8][9][13][14][15][16]



The term "New Wave" itself has been a source of much confusion and controversy. It was used in 1976 in the UK by punk fanzines such as Sniffin' Glue, and then by the professional music press.[17] In a November 1976 article in Melody Maker, Caroline Coon used Malcolm McLaren's term "New Wave" to designate music by bands not exactly punk, but related to, and part of the same musical scene;[18] the term was also used in that sense by music journalist Charles Shaar Murray, while writing about The Boomtown Rats.[19] For a period of time in 1976 and 1977 the two terms were interchangeable.[7][20] By the end of 1977, "New Wave" had replaced "Punk" as the definition for new underground music in the UK.[17]

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