Category: new wave


Blondie cover shoot by Roberta Bayley

for the album Parallel Lines (1978)

Duran Duran photographed by Michael Putland, 1981.

adam and the ants: I will have sex with anybody
the b-52’s: I will spit in your face and laugh
duran duran: I am a vain piece of shit
depeche mode: I blend into walls
erasure: gay
eurythmics: do you know how many shades of eyshadow I own? like at least a dozen
falco: I don’t even speak german
inxs: I am wearing a bandanna and drinking cheap beer
japan: I’m special. so special
joy division: not even a new wave band also go fuck yourself
kate bush: I am an artsy piece of shit
new order: I never knew my true parents I was raised by a drum machine
the police: I hate myself I hate myself I hate myself
roxy music: the leather underpants I’m wearing are really chafing me
talking heads: what
u2: I appreciate the finer things in life and love getting my ass kicked
ub40: I think I’m an incredibly diverse and tolerant person


Annabella Lwin and Boy George of English new wave group Bow Wow Wow at Manchester University, March 1981. 

Boy George performed two concerts with Bow Wow Wow under the name Lieutenant Lush before forming his own band, Culture Club.

(Photos by Kevin Cummins)


16-year-old Courtney Love photographed by Jon Sievert, 1981.

“When I was fourteen, I was so bloody ugly and I thought I was Kate Moss. I chased this guy named Mark Rennie, who was the hottest photographer in Portland, around, convinced him to [take pictures of me]. I had this big schnoz, I had blusher on, I’m wearing white gloves, and I [was] making new wave faces, and, like, voguing… there was a gap in my teeth, and I was 180 pounds. So if someone calls me ugly, it sort of rolls off my back because it’s not about looks, it’s about attitude—you get laid on attitude.”  

 — Courtney Love

John Taylor and

Simon Le Bon

of Duran Duran

photographed by Fin Costello, 1981.

Courtney Love with her father Hank Harrison and Robin Barbur in 1981.

Photo by Jon Sievert

Duran Duran photographed by Fin Costello, 1981.


Roger Taylor and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran photographed by Mike Malone on August 7, 1981. 

English new wave band Talk Talk photographed by Michael Putland,1982.