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New Wave
Blondie, 1976. L–R: Gary Valentine, Clem Burke, Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Jimmy Destri.
Stylistic origins Punk rock, glam rock, funk rock, beat, disco, ska, electronica, bubblegum pop,
Cultural origins Mid to late 1970s, United Kingdom and United States
Typical instruments Electric guitarbass guitardrumssynthesizersvocals - cowbell
Mainstream popularity Late 1970s to mid 1980s;
Derivative forms Neue Deutsche Welle – New Romanticism – Synthpop – Mod revival – Chillwave
Fusion genres
Synthpunk – 2 Tone - Electroclash - Nu Rave
Regional scenes
Belgium – Finland - France – Germany - Italy – Spain - United Kingdom – United States - Yugoslavia

New Wave (or New Wave music) is a style of rock music that developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. New wave music was inspired by the punk rock movement.

New Wave music is rock music mixed with other types of music, such as punk rock music, funk, disco, beat and ska.

In essence, New Wave maintained the rebellious and energetic side of punk rock, yet was less raw and aggressive. Whilst a lot of New Wave was lyrically complex, much New Wave was pop-based, containing simple melodies and catchy hooks. Additionally, New Wave music was also very electronic in nature, and made strong usage of synthesizers. New Wave is a broad term, and as such, New Wave artists varied greatly in style, ranging from pure rock, to synthpop, to reggae-influenced music. New Wave, as a genre, additionally had a strong visual aesthetic, and is noted for the colourful fashions which New Wave artists would sport in the 1980s.

When MTV started broadcasting in 1981, many New Wave bands had their music videos played on television. This made New Wave music more popular. A well-known New Wave video is Whip It by Devo.

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