Never Was a Nostalgic New Waver
by aLfie vera mella
When topics of New Wave music come to fore, many people would suddenly claim, "Oh, I miss listening to New Wave music; if only I could go back in time."
Analyzing that statement of theirs, the observant would realize that what they are really missing is not New Wave music itself; because if it is, then solving the problem is very easy—and they don't even have to go back in time. All they need to do is listen to New Wave music; in fact, New Wave music is always there—old and new New Wave bands, old and new New Wave songs, old and new albums by old New Wave bands, and new albums by new New Wave bands.
But I know what the sentiment of these people really is. What they are actually missing is not New Wave music but rather the old memories (of usually their highschool days) that particular New Wave songs trigger in their minds.
As far as I am concerned, yes, I miss many old memories of mine; but I never miss New Wave music.
Because I never stopped listening to it, and I don't limit my listening pleasure to old New Wave music. I always update myself with whatever is new in the New Wave genre.
When I listen to Blondie, New Order, The Cure, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, or Echo & the Bunnymen, this means that I listen not only to their classic hits or '80s-released albums but also to their earliest and latest albums.
When I listen to New Wave music, this means that I listen not only to Tears for Fears, Culture Club, Blue Zoo, China Crisis, The Pale Fountains, The Cars, Ultravox, The Dawn, Identity Crisis but also to Morrissey, Electronic, The Other Two, The Postal Service, Elkland, The Drums, Foster the People, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, The Arcade Fire, Crash Test Dummies, The Cranberries, Belle & Sebastian, The Killers, Fine China, The Lucksmiths, Coldplay, The Camerawalls, and a whole lot more New Wave bands that was formed after the 1980s.
I was never a nostalgic New Wave enthusiast; I have always been a completist New Waver.