Well, in this case, yes.
Have recently been re-reading Rip It Up And Start Again, and for the first time, Totally Wired, which are the interviews that Simon Reynolds conducted to write the former book.
Utterly awesome and both are well worth it if you have any interest in the music that came from Europe and America after punk between 1978-1984. The years where the music was ‘post-punk’ and then evolved into ‘new pop.’ In fact my only gripe would be that the Cure and Kate Bush aren’t considered important in this period by Reynolds. And Gary Numan doesn’t seem to get much of a look in either. Other than that, great stuff, covering an era that shows Reynolds is right in saying that it vies with the sixties for quality and creativity.
So a few songs from the era concerned…
Propaganda -‘Dr. Mabuse.’ mp3 (This band bridge the gap perfectly between post-punk and ‘new pop.’ )
Human League -‘Being Boiled.’ mp3 (both ‘post-punk’ and ‘new pop.’)
Gary Numan -‘Cars.’ mp3
The Cure -‘A Forest.’ mp3
Kate Bush -‘Wuthering Heights.’ mp3
Gang Of Four -‘Damaged Goods.’ mp3
Delta 5 -‘Mind Your Own Business.’ mp3
Depeche Mode -‘Master and Servant.’ mp3 (in which the subversive ideas of wreckers of civilisation like Throbbing Gristle enter the top ten and Top Of the Pops)
Finally, one of the true pioneers, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, deserves two entries, one for his none more post-punk and DIY and the second for being one of the best songs ever, bridging the gap between post-punk and new pop:
Scritti Politti -‘Skank Bloc Bologna.’ mp3
Scritti Politti -‘The ‘Sweetest Girl’.’mp3