Song Lyric Sunday: Riding the New Wave.

Jim Adams

Hi this week Jim Adam our knowledgeable host for Song Lyric Sunday is here with prompt. This week it’s New Wave Music. Well that’s a huge pallet for us to cover Jim…. I could spend a month on this subject and barely scratch the surface. So we are talking late seventies, eighties and beyond so I was young married and had small children to look after.. but I always made time for music , this shows in our lads eclectic tastes!

So what is New Wave Music, as always I shall get Wiki to explain, as I said it’s a huge subject!

New wave is a loosely defined music genre that encompasses pop-oriented styles from the late 1970s and the 1980s. It was originally used as a catch-all for the various styles of music that emerged after punk rock, including punk itself. Later, critical consensus favored “new wave” as an umbrella term involving many popular music styles of the era, including power pop, synth-pop, ska revival, and more specific forms of punk rock that were less abrasive. It may also be viewed as a more accessible counterpart of post-punk. A number of common characteristics of new wave music include a humorous or quirky pop approach, the use of electronic sounds, and a distinctive visual style in music videos and fashion. In the early 1980s, virtually every new pop/rock act – and particularly those that employed synthesizers – were tagged as “new wave”. Although new wave shares punk’s do-it-yourself philosophy, the artists were more influenced by the styles of the 1950s along with the lighter strains of 1960s pop and were opposed to the generally abrasive, political bents of punk rock, as well as what was considered to be creatively stagnant “corporate rock”. New wave commercially peaked from the late 1970s into the early 1980s wit h numerous major artists and an abundance of one-hit wonders. MTV, which was launched in 1981, heavily promoted new-wave acts, boosting the genre’s popularity. In the mid-1980s, new wave declined with the emergence of the New RomanticNew Pop, and New Music genres. Since the 1990s, new wave resurged several times with the growing nostalgia for several new-wave-influenced artists. More information here.

As said above where to start. So I am going with three yup three and believe me it was hard to stop at three! Thr first one is a real catchy tune I used to dance around the house baby in one arm hoover in over hand and if they were not at school, the older boys either dancing with me or telling me to turn it down so they could hear their music!

Doctor! Doctor!” is a song performed by the British new wave band Thompson Twins. It is the second single from the band’s fourth studio album, Into the Gap (1984). It was written by Tom BaileyAlannah Currie and Joe Leeway, and prominently features a keyboard solo. Following the successful chart performances of the Into the Gap single “Hold Me Now“, “Doctor! Doctor!” was released in the UK on 27 January 1984 as the album’s second single. In 1983, after the commercial success of their third album Quick Step and Side Kick, the Thompson Twins collaborated again with producer Alex Sadkin to record Into the Gap at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. Bailey and Sadkin co-produced the album’s tracks, including “Doctor! Doctor!”.

I saw you there, just standing there
And I thought I was only dreaming, yeah
I kissed you then, then once again
You said you would come and dance with me
Dance with me across the sea
And we can feel the motion of a thousand dreams

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Ships at night give such delight
We all leave before the morning light
Please don’t go, no, please don’t go
‘Cause I don’t want to stay here on my own, ooh

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Fever breathe your love on me (breathe your love)
Take away my name (take away)
Fever lay your hands on me (breathe your love)
I’ll never be the same

Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Come with me and make believe
We can travel to eternity

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Alannah Joy Currie / Joseph Martin Leeway / Tom Bailey

Doctor! Doctor! lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

*****

So I fell in love with Aha from the get go, their first release Take on me had me hooked but here’s my favourite one of theirs. I don’t think any of the lads were keen on these guys by then they had developed their own tastes!

The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” is a song by Norwegian band A-ha, released as the third single from their debut studio album, Hunting High and Low (1985). The song was written by guitarist Pål Waaktaar. In some commercial markets the single was not as popular as their previous (debut) single “Take On Me“, which had achieved the top spot in the United States and several other countries around the world, but in the United Kingdom and Ireland it improved upon the number-two charting of “Take On Me”, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in January 1986, having been released there on 16 December 1985. Its success secured for the band the prestige of having achieved number-one single status in both the primary Anglo-American popular music charts on either side of the Atlantic.

The band’s Paul Waaktaar-Savoy said… we wrote “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.,” that Andrew Wickham’s secretary felt was a hit. She convinced him to make room for it. When we recorded it, we were really sick with influenza. Magne and Morten were lying in the studio on camping beds with high fevers. The bass line for the song was performed using a Yamaha DX7. Other synthesizers include PPG WaveRoland Juno-60 and sampled instruments. The oboe during the song was played on a sampler. Information from Wiki.

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me…

I Reached inside myself
And found nothing there
To ease the pressure off
My ever worried mind

All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror’s sending me
These Days

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Please don’t ask me to defend
The shamefull lowlands
Of the way I’m drifting
Gloomily through time
(Touch me)

I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
Thinking there’s got to be some way
To keep my troubles distant

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Paul Waaktaar-savoy

*****

The boys were older by now and Tears For Fears were liked by all of us. In fact later our youngest worked, for a time, for a record company who had Tears for Fears on their books.

The Seeds of Love is the third studio album by British pop rock band Tears for Fears, released on 25 September 1989 by Fontana Records. It retained the band’s epic sound while incorporating influences ranging from jazz and soul to Beatlesque pop. Its lengthy production and scrapped recording sessions cost over £1 million. The album spanned the title hit single “Sowing the Seeds of Love,” as well as “Woman in Chains,” and “Advice for the Young at Heart”, both of which reached the top 40 in several countries.

The Seeds of Love was an international success, entering the UK Albums Chart at number one, and top ten in other countries including the U.S. It has been certified Gold or Platinum in several territories including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands. Despite its success, personal tensions during recording led to band members Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal splitting up at the conclusion of their 1990 world tour, with Orzabal remaining as the band’s sole official member until the two reunited in the early 2000s.

In October 2020, the remastered reissue of The Seeds of Love was released in several formats including a super deluxe edition, with B-sides, remixes, and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Information from Wiki

High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man
And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast
D.J.’s the man we love the most
Could you be, could you be squeaky clean
And smash any hope of democracy?
As the headline says you’re free to choose
There’s egg on your face and mud on your shoes
One of these days they’re gonna call it the blues yeah

Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds

I spy tears in their eyes
They look to the skies for some kind of divine intervention
Food goes to waste
So nice to eat, so nice to taste
Politician granny with your high ideals
Have you no idea how the majority feels?
So without love and a promise land
We’re fools to the rules of a goverment plan
Kick out the style!
Bring back the jam!

Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds

The birds and the bees
My girlfriend and me
In love

Feel the pain
Talk about it
If you’re a worried man, then shout about it
Open hearts, feel about it
Open minds, think about it
Everyone, read about it
Everyone, scream about it!
Everyone (Everyone yeah, yeah)
Everyone (Everyone), read about it, read about it
Read in the books in the crannies
And the nooks there are books to read for us!

Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
We’re sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds

Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love

Sowing the seeds of love

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes
Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes

High time we made a stand (Time to eat all your words)
And shook up the views of the common man (Swallow your pride)
And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast (Open your eyes)
Every minute of every hour
“I love a sunflower ” (Open your eyes)
And I believe in love power (Open your eyes)
Love power
Love power (Open your eyes)

Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
The seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
The seeds of love
Sowing the seeds

An end to need
And the politics of greed
With love

Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love (Anything, anything)
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds

An end to need
And the politics of greed
With love

Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds…

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Roland Orzabal / Curt Smith

Sowing the Seeds of Love lyrics © Bmg Vm Music Ltd.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE 💜

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 11:13:23

    All three, brilliant choices, sis! Part of the soundtrack to my childhood!

    Reply

  2. quiall
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 11:43:01

    The first video isn’t available here but I don’t think I recognize the song. Actually I didn’t recognize the other two either but I enjoyed them. Thanks!

    Reply

  3. newepicauthor
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 13:28:39

    I always liked the Thompson Twins, but I probably only know their hits. Aha was new to me, but this song is very enjoyable. This is the second Tears For Fears song to pop up here today and they probably exemplify New Wave music. That video is pretty cool with everyone floating around.

    Reply

  4. ellacraigwrites
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 15:16:44

    I am so hearting today! Three fab songs from my youth💖💖💖

    Reply

  5. glyn40wilton
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 15:37:39

    I like all three of the tracks you chose, but like yourself, I had so many songs to choose from the New Wave category (one of my favourite genres of music).
    I’ve gone with an early Ultravox track (from the self-titled debut album) when John Foxx was lead vocalist. They made three albums before Midge Ure changed the direction of the band when he took over from John. I actually liked both vocalists.
    https://youtu.be/x6AJlVCg6oo
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm in the air
    Stranger to stranger
    We’re both dressed for danger
    Something is generating here
    Oh, take off your halo
    For the all-night inferno
    Something is happening in the air
    It’s not like anything I’ve ever known before
    And I don’t care
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm in the air
    Surging and merging
    Urgent and urging
    Soft as a footstep on the stair
    The red light is on now
    My gravity’s gone and how
    I can feel something in the air
    It’s not like anything I’ve ever known before
    And I don’t care
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm in the air
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm
    Dangerous rhythm in the air
    Source: LyricFind
    Songwriters: Christopher Thomas Allen / Dennis Leigh / Steven Shears / Warren Reginald Cann / William Currie
    Dangerous Rhythm lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    • willowdot21
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 15:53:49

      Hi Glyn yes that is a great choice, sometimes it’s harder than others to work out whether it’s new wave or new Romantic, or even where the cross over is. I really liked Ultravox, we’d need a month of Sundays to sort it properly 🤣🤣🤣.
      By the way do you use your blog I have looked in a couple of times and you’ve not posted since November. 🤗

      Reply

  6. Maggie
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 16:37:07

    Ahhh, I remember all of these, Willow. The synthesizers ever-present! Three brilliant choices for today.

    Reply

  7. John Holton
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 19:13:16

    Three of my favorite bands!

    Reply

  8. pensitivity101
    Jan 29, 2023 @ 20:38:33

    Great choices Willow…….. I;m tempted to reblog your post!!

    Reply

  9. J-Dub
    Jan 30, 2023 @ 02:29:45

    You hit a trifecta today! Great bnds & wonderful song choices.

    Reply

  10. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing
    Feb 02, 2023 @ 11:17:38

    So many great songs and bands to choose from for New Wave week at SLS! You picked three really good ones Willlow, including my fave Tears for Fears ☺️💕 Do you remember Howard Jones too? Oh and Paul Young. Loved him!

    Reply

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