Artistic & Literary Inspirations for 1980s New Wave Songs

Eighties new wave wasn’t all peppy synthesizer fluff. Quite the contrary, the genre welcome thoughtfulness and appreciation art and literature that was missing from most mainstream pop. Let’s have look at some examples… PALE SHELTER – TEARS FOR FEARS The song’s at least refers to series of drawings and paintings depicting Londoners sheltering from the Blitz during the Second World War sculptor Henry Moore. One drawing in particular titled “Pale Shelter Scene”; others in the series: “Grey Tube Shelter”, “ Tilbury Shelter Scene”, and “Shelterers in the Tube”. The song itself is about teenage girl in , the twist is that it is either from her parents’ perspective or plea to her parents. Nothing beyond that is really known. DOWN IN THE PARK – TUBEWAY ARMY/GARY NUMAN Like lot of Numan’s works, it was inspired by dystopian future , in particular K. Dick, William Burroughs, and J.G. Ballard. This song, in particular, is extremely dark – describing in first-person sitting at cafe passively watching the rape machines do their thing. The names and imagery likely from book Numan was writing called “Replicas” […]

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