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Unfortunately they stayed pretty obscure, especially in America. I don’t really know why. “Thursday’s Child” should really have been played on the 80s radio right alongside stuff like the Psychedelic Furs and The Cure. All I can think is that there were so many bands mining the same territory that a lot of really good post-punk bands got sort of lost in the shuffle.
I like SO MUCH music from the 80s that I can’t even get started on listing it all.. but I can think of some other post-punk bands that I think were also unjustly forgotten:
- The Feelies
- A Certain Ratio
- The Au Pairs
- Josef K
- I’m also pretty fond of the strain of funkier post-punks like ESG and Pylon and Maximum Joy and Liquid Liquid and Bush Tetras (just for fun cue up “Cavern” by Liquid Liquid on YouTube - you’ll get the baseline for a very famous early hiphop track…)
That’s in addition to the (relatively) more successful postpunk artists like Magazine and Pere Ubu and Gang of Four and Wire which are all some of my favorites. I also love a lot of New Wave and other genres..