Here Today: The New Wave revival
Thursday 03 March 1994
Elastica have a lot to do with this. The current music press starlets, and pop's great white hope for 1994, Elastica are both entirely wonderful and entirely receptive to their influences. They sound like Blondie, the Rezillos and Wire, and they dress like the Jam.
Early Eighties music is now so popular that even Duran Duran are cool again (huge in America and currently working on a covers album of their musical heroes). What's it all about? Ask any teenager. Most of them seem to have one thing in common: their first sentence was 'Hit me with your rhythm stick'. The song of the same title, by Ian Dury and the Blockheads, was number one in the charts at about the time today's pop consumers were learning to talk. It was catchy then, and it's catchy now. They were new wave babies. Now they want to be new wave babes.
Camden Market is the best place to find a good new wave two-piece suit. There are also great second-hand record stalls, where you should be able to buy the whole Blondie back catalogue for under a fiver. For the music to dance to, try the Camden Palace, 1 Camden High St, London NW1
Camden Market, Camden High St, London NW1. Stalls all week, but main market on Saturdays and Sundays
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