new wave

Robert Hazard - "Escalator of Life" by Matt Bomarr

robert hazard - "escalator of life" (download) (removed)

Philadelphia's Robert Hazard was probably best known as the guy who originally wrote "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which was later made popular by Cyndi Lauper. In 1982, he had this minor new wave hit for RCA records. Unfortunately, Robert died of pancreatic cancer in 2008 at the age of 60. (Big ups to Jordy Trachtenberg for putting me on to this song).

The Nuns - "Anita" by Matt Bomarr

the nuns - "anita" (download) [audio]

I'll be honest, The Nuns pretty much suck.  This album artwork sucks, and every song on this album (2006's New York Vampires) sucks, except for this particular track, "Anita." They even have a cover of Kiss's "Christine" on here, and that sucks too.  These guys used to be a pretty raw San Francisco-based punk/new wave band back in the '70's.  They even opened for the Sex Pistols.  This particular record is weird ethereal goth rock, with the exception of this particular song, which doesn't really fit on the record.  "Anita" sounds like it could be an extra dark Suzanne Vega track.  Although I can't stand the rest of this record, I really do love this song.