➤ The key acts charting
during the first five formative
years of the decade
As the Eighties dawned, 73 image bands and acts emerged from UK clubland – most of them new – plus 48 others in the clubbing slipstream. They are listed here in chronological order of first appearance in the UK chart (sourced from the Guinness book of British Hit Singles). In terms of a British musical movement, for every one of these bands there were probably ten more beyond the main chart, carrying the torch and nibbling at the Independent charts but it would be impossible to identify them all
57 ACTS CHARTING DURING
THE FIRST WAVE 1980-1981
12 BLITZ-WORLD ACTS
John Foxx, Ultravox, Linx, Spandau Ballet, Visage, Landscape, Depeche Mode, Kid Creole, Soft Cell, Funkapolitan, Haircut100, Blue Rondo a la Turk.
15 CLUBLAND ACTS
Shalamar, Light of the World, OMD, The Human League, Freeez, Level42, Japan, Beggar & Co, Duran Duran, Heaven 17, Altered Images, Imagination, Eurythmics, Thomas Dolby, ABC.
30 INDIE ROCK/ALT POP/DANCE ACTS
Simple Minds, Gary Numan, The Specials, Madness, Tourists, Selecter, The Beat, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Bad Manners, Bodysnatchers, Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Adam Ant, Hazel O’Connor, Teardrop Explodes, Toyah, Kim Wilde, Classix Nouveaux, The Polecats, New Order, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Aneka, Modern Romance, The Creatures, Fun Boy Three, Orange Juice, Pigbag, Scritti Politti.
64 ACTS CHARTING DURING
THE SECOND WAVE 1982-1984
46 CLUBLAND ACTS
Techno Twins, The Mood, Fashion, Ph.D., Bananarama, Blancmange, Yazoo, Junior, Talk Talk, The Belle Stars, Haysi Fantayzee, Second Image, Culture Club, Wham!, Thompson Twins, Malcolm McLaren, Central Line, Kajagoogoo, Jo Boxers, Aztec Camera, Roman Holliday, Matt Fretton, Jimmy the Hoover, Lotus Eaters, Carmel, Animal Nightlife, Howard Jones, Tik and Tok, Limahl, Marilyn, Care, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Matt Bianco, Colour Field, Swans Way, Sade, Dead or Alive, Everything but the Girl, Helen Terry, Marc Almond, Bronski Beat, David Sylvian, Alison Moyet, George Michael, Dali’s Car, Art of Noise.
18 INDIE ROCK/ALT POP/DANCE ACTS
Rhoda Dakar with The Special AKA, Theatre of Hate, The Associates, A Flock of Seagulls, Tears for Fears, The Pale Fountains, The The, Wah!, The Style Council, Tracie Young, Spear of Destiny, Paul Young, Smiths, Nik Kershaw, Flying Pickets, Prefab Sprout, Aswad, Kane Gang.
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