New Wave & Alison Moyet

New Wave

Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s, co-written with Jonathan Bernstein. In it, the authors reveal why New Wave caught on so strongly with pop fans and the media, especially post-punk in the U.K. Plus, an interview with Alison Moyet, an English singer-songwriter that came up in the New Wave scene, and is still making waves musically.

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New Wave

No one of a certain age can hear Rio without picturing Simon LeBon and the members of Duran Duran crooning off the side of a yacht. They were the Rolling Stones of the New Wave era according to writer Lori Majewski, and those videos represented everything you either love or hate about the 1980s—the excess, the sex, the fashion and the pure pop production. But, while this was a very visual era of music (with infamous clothes and even more infamous hair), there’s a lot to be said for the sound, which was made possible by then-new technology like the digital synthesizer. Jim and Greg talk to Lori about her 2014 book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s, co-written with Jonathan Bernstein. In it, the authors reveal why New Wave caught on so strongly with pop fans and the media, especially post-punk in the U.K. (Certainly the NME would rather photograph Adam Ant than a spitting Johnny Rotten).

Alison Moyet

Alison Moyet

English singer and songwriter Alison Moyet rose to fame in the early ‘80s as the lead singer of the synth-pop duo Yaz. Songs like Only You and Situation showcased her soulful vocals and dynamic voice. Since the group broke up in 1983, she’s gone on to have a successful solo career and recently released her latest album, Other, which talks about the beauty in diversity, change and more. Jim and Greg talk to Alison about her new material, lifestyle changes and being an outsider in the music industry. She also performs two songs live from her new album.

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