Echo & The Bunnymen at SXSW 2006

Echo & The Bunnymen at SXSW 2006 (Scott Gries/Getty Images)

New wave music has a lot of heroes, including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Echo and The Bunnymen[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gang of Four[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Depeche Mode[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Order[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Morrissey[/lastfm]. But you can’t talk about ’80s new wave without mentioning the synth-pop beats of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and especially Duran Duran.

The ’80s must obviously be in vogue again, as O.M.D., Duran Duran, and several more of the decade’s new wave heroes are hitting the streets of Austin this week to headline South By Southwest.

These romantic legends brought the world chart-topping hits like “Planet Earth” and “Electricity” and made the synthesizer a viable member of the band (if not the star). If you’re obsessed with the ’80s like us, then chances are you’ll be doing back-flips after you find out which other iconic new-wave bands are heading to this year’s music festival.

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