Definition of New Romantic in English:

New Romantic

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  • Denoting a style of popular music and fashion popular in Britain in the early 1980s in which both men and women wore make-up and dressed in flamboyant clothes: the band were latecomers on the New Romantic scene
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    • Punctuated by stabs of early Bunnymen guitar and bouncing almost New Romantic bass, it's stamped through with energy and authority, those early nerves replaced by a confident stage presence.
    • Making clubbing and dancing, rather than the gig, central was a crucial step (for Visage specifically, but for the New Romantic scene in general).
    • For those familiar with his work, and the scene that grew up around it, you can see a lot of Nomi in legendary party boy Leigh Bowery, as well as Steve Strange and the entire Blitz / New Romantic movement.


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  • A performer or fan of New Romantic music.
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    • The quintessential New Romantics had become nondescript pop sell-outs with the snap of a finger.
    • For 30 years, punks, New Romantics and rockabillies have paraded before Iain McKell's lens.
    • Despite the music press making a few doomed attempts to revive the New Romantics under various Neo-Romo banners, it was a youth culture that has not had the shelf life of goth, punk or even, thank you The Darkness, heavy metal.

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