New Wave

Back when I was a DJ at WLCV radio, on the air I was known as “New Wave Dave.”

Here are some of my favorite new wave bands, with the genre being somewhat fluid (new wave, post-punk, synth-pop, ska, pre-industrial, and others).

These are “my” bands. The bands that helped shape who I am, roughly in order of how much they mean to me.

Dave Mattingly: The Musical, Part 1

  • Depeche ModeDepeche Mode
    • Known For: People are People
    • Memories: I still prefer the acoustic version of Personal Jesus, which I heard long before the album version. It was mailed to the radio station without any information – no artist, title, or anything else. We made up a name (The Flaming Doo-Doo Balls, if I remember right), and played it on the air for at least a year before the Violator album came out.
    • Favorite Songs: Photographic, Ice Machine, New Life, See You, Everything Counts, Dream On
  • Pearl Harbour and the Explosions Pearl Harbour
    • Known For: Drivin’
    • Memories: Pearl Harbour’s music is built from infectious fun, with a rockabilly twist. I wish I could find a good music video of their song Flirt, which has long been my favorite of theirs.
    • Favorite Songs: Flirt, Fujiyama Mama, Shut Up and Dance
  • Nik KershawNik Kershaw
    • Known For: Wouldn’t It be Good
    • Memories: Nik’s imaginative video for Wouldn’t It Be Good caught my eye initially, but it was the meaning behind his songs that kept me coming back. A lot of the songs on his Human Racing album got deep. I used to wear a “Nik” button on my jacket when I worked down in Florida, and found out that a friend I wouldn’t have expected was also a fan.
    • Favorite Songs: Don Quixote, Shame on You, Gone to Pieces, Faces

Go back to Part 0: Louisville Music, or read on for Part 2: Quirky Music

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