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
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Germanwings plane crash: Video shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz learning to fly as a teenager
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Germanwings crash: Captain of doomed plane was only 'on board because he changed job to spend more time with his children'
- 5 Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Jim Davidson: 'I'd love to host Top Gear but I'm always banned from driving'
Cassetteboy joins forces with Russell Brand for Emperor's New Clothes film
Poldark, review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Jay Z launches streaming service Tidal with help from Kanye West, Rihanna and Coldplay
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew