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Neon Nights - 80s New Wave

Neon Nights show #023 “80’s New Wave”

“We can dance if we want to!”

Welcome to show # 23. This is the first of our 2 hour shows for the summer period and we are kicking it off with a walk down memory lane, specifically the 80’s New Wave lane. New wave music is a musical genre of pop/rock created in the late 1970s to mid-1980s with ties to 1970s punk rock.
I must admit this is a little bit of personal indulgence. Every single track on tonight’s show is quite precious and holds many dear memories. Not to mention the fact that each song is a perfect example of brilliant songwriting combined with amazing production.

Common characteristics of new wave music, aside from its punk influences, include the use of synthesizers and electronic productions, the importance of styling and the arts, as well as a great amount of diversity, which is sadly lacking in today’s modern music.

New wave has been called one of the definitive genres of the 1980s, after it grew partially fixated on The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” which is only one of the best songs ever written by one of the planet’s foremost music producers, Trevor Horn.

While putting together the playlist for this show it became clear that I’m going to have to do a few more New Wave shows to cover the songs that I want to show you. I ended up with about 7 hours worth of music.

Tonight on the show you will hear :
Kajagoogoo (yes I went there!)
The Human League (only the best band in the whole world)
Nena
Mi Sex
Split Enz
Pet Shop Boys (another best band in the world 😉
Roxy Music
Thomas Dolby (you know he created the Nokia ring tone right?) * I had to drop this song. Arggh!!
The Knack
Big Country
Animotion
ABC
A Flock Of Seagulls (more for their hair than anything else. Kidding, the song is brilliant)
Devo
Jona Lewie
Eurythmics
Joan Armatrading
Kim Wilde
Culture Club (hmm I should really do a Culture Club hour!!)
and many more…

Electronically Yours, John von Ahlen.

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You can listen to the entire show by clicking on the podcast link at the bottom of the page

 


Neon Nights - 80s New Wave

 

Playlist for Show 023 – 12th of December 2015

01 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
02 02 Kajagoogoo - Too Shy Kajagoogoo Too Shy LGBTIQ Content
03 03 Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now Thompson Twins Hold Me Now
04 04 Wham - Wham Rap Wham Wham Rap LGBTIQ Content
05 05 Men Without Hats - Safety Dance Safety Dance Men Without Hats
06 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
07 07 Nena - 99 Luftballons Nena 99 Luftballons
08 08 Squeeze - Cool For Cats Squeeze Cool For Cats
09 09 Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties Jona Lewie You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
10 Mi Sex - Computer Games Mi Sex Computer Games
11 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
12 The Human League - Dont You Want Me The Human League Don’t You Want Me
13 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls Pet Shop Boys West End Girls LGBTIQ Content
14 Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger Eurythmics Love Is A Stranger
15 Devo - Whip It Devo Whip It LGBTIQ Content
16 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
17 17 Captain Sensible - Wot Captain Sensible Wot
18 18 The Knack - My Sharona The Knack My Sharona
19 Prince_Controvers_Single_1981 Prince Controversy LGBTIQ Content
20 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
21 22 ABC - The Look Of Love ABC The Look Of Love
22 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
23 24 Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town Dream Academy Life In A Northern Town
24 25 Roxy Music - Avalon Roxy Music Avalon
25 26 Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Culture Club Do You Really Want to Hurt Me LGBTIQ Content
26 27 David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes David Bowie Ashes To Ashes LGBTIQ Content
27 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
28 29 Big Country - In A Big Country Big Country In A Big Country
29 30 Joan Armatrading - I Love It When You Call Me Names Joan Armatrading I Love It When You Call Me Names
30 31 After The Fire - Der Kommissar After The Fire Der Kommissar
31 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
32 33 Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine Katrina & The Waves Walking On Sunshine
33 34 Kim Wilde - Kids In America Kim Wilde Kids In America
34 35 The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket The Pretenders Brass In Pocket
35 36 Split Enz - I Got You Split Enz I Got You Australian Content
36 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
37 38 A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran A Flock Of Seagulls I Ran
38 39 Animotion - Obsession Animotion Obsession
39 40 Visage - Fade To Grey Visage Fade To Grey LGBTIQ Content
40 Neon Nights on JOY949 Neon Nights Theme Australian Content LGBTIQ Content
41 41 Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star

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About the author: John

 

John von Ahlen is a Producer / Director based in Melbourne, Australia.

His current project is Parralox, an electronic act that has toured internationally (live shows with Erasure + Little Boots), and achieved chart success in USA, UK and Europe (Billboard / CMJ / German Web Charts / UK Commercial Club Charts).

John has remixed artists such as Erasure, Marcella Detroit, Delta Goodrem, Gina G, Doctor & The Medics, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and many more.

His work for TV / Film includes The Wog Boy, Rove Live, Before The Game, Who's On The Menu (Theme Tune) and music for Neighbors / Home & Away / Queer as Folk (USA).

He also Directs and Animates, check out some of his work here :

www.youtube.com/parralox
www.parralox.com

 

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