Acoustic 80s Covers

Acoustic 80s Covers

The 1980s have a special place in today's popular music culture as the '80s gave birth to a lot of legendary bands and artists. The electro melodies instrumental hooks and beats were replacing traditional music,  heavily influenced by the availability of Electronic-music, synthesizers creating the Synth-pop era, which peaked in the late 1970s to mid-1980s. It wasn't just about the listeners though, The Music-industry was all about image due to the popularity of the music video, electronica appeared to take over Rock-and-Roll.

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New Wave Music

Towards the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, a relatively new genre of music began to appear branded as New Wave Music. This genre is defined in places as the opposite of Punk. This meant that New Wave Music encompasses a wide variety of musical styles with a lighthearted nature and including a sense of humour. New wave artists were anti-corporate and experimental with stripped-back style and upbeat tempos. music that tended toward experimentation, lyrical complexity or more polished production came to be categorized as "new wave".By the early 1980s, British journalists largely had abandoned the term "new wave" in favour of subgenre terms such as "synthpop". New wave had a seminal role in the development and popularity of contemporary electronic music


Ska has had influence in multiple decades, initially evolved in the late 1950s from an early Jamaican form of rhythm and blues, achieving international recognition initially in the 1960s with classic songs such as My Boy Lollipop - by Millie and others from Desmond Decker and Prince Buster. Some of these songs influenced the genre and were covered by bands in the late 1970s and early 1980s who also introduced their own tunes which have gone on to be classics such as Madness, The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners and The Selector under the 2-Tone groups.

With a bold vision to unite Britain’s black and white sub-cultures in the shadow of Thatcher’s government, the 2 Tone label rapidly became synonymous with a whole genre of turbo-charged ska, bouncing a reggae back-beat head-first into the UK punk scene.


Synthpop emerged from new wave, producing a form of pop music that followed electronic rock pioneers in the 1960s and 1970s like Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream, leading to fantastic memories from Human League, Heaven 17, Visage, Japan and A Flock of Seagulls with other easily identifiable New Wave acts such as Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Talk Talk and New Order.

The emergence of synth-pop has been quoted as "possibly the single most significant event in melodic music since the rise to fame of the Beatles in 1963, the terms Mersey sound and Merseybeat were both applied to bands and singers from Liverpool during this period.

The second wave of the British Invasion of musical acts from the United Kingdom becoming popular in the United States continued with the after-effects of the Punk/New Wave revolution. Who can forget the words of Joe Jackson, scoring a new wave hit with "Is She Really Going Out with Him? It was in 1982 when The Human Leagues 'Don't You Want Me?' hit the top of the US charts for 3 weeks gaining considerable airplay on MTV. This was later described as the moment the Second British Invasion, spurred by MTV, kicked off ". Post-Punk music described as more adventurous and arty form of punk, no less angry or political but often more musically complex and diverse. During 1983 30% of US record sales were from British acts such as Glasgow founded Orange Juice lead by Edwyn Collins with Rip It Up.

New Romantics

Duran Duran, Adam and the Ants, and Culture Club


The term "unplugged" has come to refer to music that would usually be played on electrified instruments such as an electric guitar but is performed instead on acoustic instruments that can be played without electricity, for example, an acoustic guitar, traditional piano, and Cajon although a microphone is often used

On our grand tour of Southbourne on Sea listening to Martin and Craig as the Pudenski Brothers you could be reminded of some great times from the past. When done correctly, a great acoustic cover can give us an entirely new take on a melody we already know and love. Let the Pudenski Brothers take you on a quick world tour, playing acoustic songs, taking in the sights of Africa, be Men at Work down in Australia to perform the Australian National  Anthem, check out the Weather with you in New Zealand, they can take you over to Canada to view the Surrealistic sight of Echo Beach and the final countdown with a return back to Europe.

The Video Above is from a night out in Southbourne where the Pudenski Brothers performed at The Brewhouse and Kitchen and is Gold an acoustic cover of the Spandau Ballet classic.