Abstract: This article will consider the ways in which some of the pop music produced in the late 1970s and early 1980s offered critical commentary upon Margaret Thatcher’s Britain from within a commercial context. Bands like the Jam and the Specials provided alternative, radical and sometimes ironic narratives that directly challenged those of the new ruling classes and the political ideology they sought to maintain. Although high profile, they carried the energy of the underground into the mainstream, using popular media forms to contest the morals and ideals that conservative society worshipped. Similarly, subcultural movements like the New Romantics, quickly elevated from the underground into mainstream popularity in the early months of Thatcher’s first term, celebrated plurality and difference and provided stylistic and creative resistance against the 1979 Conservative Election Manifesto that sought a solid return to a more traditional sense of values.
This is an article in an academic book book entitled Satorial Fandom: Fashion, Beauty Culture, and Identity | University of Michigan Press. The article starts on pg 33. The author explores the specific ways in which the New Romantic Movement was intended to satirize the mainstream culture of the day.
A playlist of songs (and sometimes music videos) representing the Blitz Kids as compiled by Chris Sullivan who is a historian of the era and was DJ of many of the more famous New Romantic clubs of the time.
New Romantics: The Look by Dave Rimmer
Publication Date: 2003
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Sweet Dreams by Dylan Jones
Publication Date: 2021-12-14
On Order! Should be here soon! In the mean time, enjoy this interview with the author ... https://pleasekillme.com/new-romantics/
New Romantics Who Never Were: The Untold Story of Spandau Ballet by David Barrat