Maya Bradford, Abrams Image publicity

Lori Majewski
Twitter: @lorimajewski

Jonathan Bernstein
Twitter: @jbpeevish


  1. Paul Dakeyne
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 09:12:58

    Hi there,
    My name’s Paul and writing from the UK. I’ve just pre-ordered ‘Mad World’ via Amazon UK and very much looking forward to reading it.
    I also thought that that you guys may be interested in checking out my new online ’80s ElectroPop Radio Show’ (via iTunes Podcast or Mixcloud). As one of those ‘British kids with Kraftwerk in one ear and disco in the other’ myself, I started DJ’ing in 1980 playing ElectroPop, New Romantic, New Wave and Mutant Disco at it’s origins. These musical roots stayed with me for the next 25 years of DJing and record production.
    My new show is a passionate revisit to that (1980/85 ish) golden era of mainly UK/European electronic and alternative music, and incorporates the big hitters, with more obscure rarities and B sides/remixes etc. I hope you’d like to check it out and enjoy it..
    And if I could get on a plane now and drop into the ‘Mad World’ book launch in NYC, I really would! Have a great day/eve with the launch and Vince Clarke’s DJing set :-)
    Best regards
    Paul Dakeyne
    iTunes Podcast Direct Link:
    Twitter: @electropop80s


    • Lori Majewski
      Mar 18, 2014 @ 14:55:25

      Hi Paul! Thanks for the note — we’ll definitely check out 80s ElectroPop! It sounds like Mad World will be right up your alley! Just spent some time in SXSW with Spandau Ballet, another group of “British kids with Kraftwerk in one ear and disco in the other.” Hopefully Jonathan and I will be in the UK later this year for a Mad World event and will get to meet you. Like us on Mad World the Book on Facebook and follow @madworldbook on Twitter for updates.


  2. Mario Mastroianni
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 20:13:24

    Hi Lori, Maya and Jonathan! :)
    This is Mario writing from Rome, I’m almost 30 but I grew up entirely into 80s’ new wave music in all of its subgenres, and I’m proud I’ve recorded many songs (if you want, you can check out my facebook website) in that same vein and approach, though in a humble home-made production :-)
    I was thinking about my favourite singers form the eighties, not only the always great Duran Duran, Alphaville and A-ha, but also Japan’s David Sylvian, his Brother Steve with The Dolphin Brothers (what a masterpiece they released back in ’87! too bad only a few still remember them), The Associates’ Billy MacKenzie (perhaps the greatest singer ever), Eyeless In Gaza’s Martyn Bates, Marcie’s Still Waiting’s Rainer Spachmann, those Scott Walker-wannabe crooners such as Paul Quinn (of The Independent Group), Roy White (of White And Torch, Fun and the Truemen), Ingo Ito (of the band Bamboo Industry/Rain On Bamboo and also Camouflage collaborator), Tuxedomoon’s Winston Tong, Furniture’s double leads Tim Whelan & Jim Irvin, Ippu Do’s Masami Tsuchiya, DeFilm’s Tom Corfixen and Jesper Ranum, The Colourfield’s Terry Hall, B-Movie’s and One’s Steve Hovington, Music For Pleasure’s Mark Copson, Sad Lovers & Giants’ Simon “Garce” Allard, The Yachts/It’s Immaterial’s John J.Campbell, The Teardrop Explodes’ Julian Cope, Play’s Wayne Kennedy, Hideaki Matuoka, Thinkman’s Rupert Hine, Pendragon/Arena/Shadowland’s Clive Nolan, Shriekback’s Barry Andrews, The Stranglers’ Paul Roberts, The Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan, Novela’s Hisakatsu Igarashi, Shingetsu’s Makoto Kitayama, and many more I’m surely forgetting at the moment right now…I would really like to see them mentioned in the book :)
    Cheers from Rome!


    • Jonathan Bernstein
      Apr 04, 2014 @ 23:48:30

      Our heads just exploded with the death of your knowledge. Unfortunately, very few of the names you mentioned made it into the book, but we’re hoping to do another and will certainly try. The Associates do get several mentions,as do Japan (David Sylvian declined to be interviewed) and Roy White’s other group, The Lover Speaks.

      Please keep reading the blog and if you have any suggestions for our regular New Wave wednesday mix tape feature, let us know.



  3. Marc Wasserman
    Apr 11, 2014 @ 18:48:58

    Hi Lori and Jonathan,

    Greetings from Rude Boy George! We are a NYC-based band that performs ska, rocksteady, and reggae versions of 80′s new wave and post-punk classics. We’re motivated by our shared love and respect for ska (reflected in the reference to 1960s and 2 Tone rude boys) and the extraordinary amount of good music produced in the late 70s and early 80s New Wave/post-punk era (Boy George).

    As someone who came of age in the 80′s, I’m very excited to read your book and to come hear you speak at the Rough Trade event in May. And if you need an 80′s inspired band to back you at any upcoming book events, please give us a shout. We would be honored!



    • Jonathan Bernstein
      Apr 11, 2014 @ 20:57:18

      Thanks for getting in touch. Sounds like our kind of thing.


  4. Robert Pinkevitch
    Apr 19, 2014 @ 00:53:23

    Hi Lori and Jonathan, We will be holidaying in New York from 5 May to 26 May, will you be making any other appearances?
    Robert (Sydney, Australia)


    • Lori Majewski
      May 06, 2014 @ 18:59:46

      Hi there! Sorry we are just seeing your note now — we had an event at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Sunday. :( If you are up to coming out to Jersey City, NJ — it’s only a PATH train ride from Manhattan — Lori will be appearing with Chris Butler of The Waitresses at the Word Book Store, 123 Newark Ave. in Jersey City on May 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Seeing as you are from Australia, we hope you like the INXS chapter!


  5. Chester
    May 10, 2014 @ 23:56:45

    Lori and Jonathon:

    Thank you for your book.

    And now I am motivated to make playlists with every song mentioned….




    • Lori Majewski
      May 11, 2014 @ 14:17:46

      Awesome, Chester! Thank you! For a shortcut, you can follow our mixtapes on Spotify via Lori Majewski’s account: click here.


  6. Mark Spada
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 06:09:46

    Hi Lori and Jonathan,

    Thank you both so very much for all the hard work you did in putting out this wonderful book. It’s extremely well put together, it looks fantastic, and I’m sending copies of it to everyone I know. Growing up in southern Ontario in the late seventies and early eighties, I was extremely thankful for at least two things: my older sister’s vinyl collection( replete with Duran Duran, Japan, OMD, etc. ), and two local music video programs that showcased new wave artists before MTV got up and running. If you should ever collaborate on a Mad World Volume 2, may I humbly suggest looking at a Canadian new wave band from the eighties that wrote what is in my opinion one of the greatest songs of that era:

    Thanks so much! You guys rock!


    • Jonathan Bernstein
      Jul 11, 2014 @ 22:13:50

      Thanks for the kind words. Was “The New Music” one of the local video programs you were talking about? I remember seeing it a couple of times while staying with relatives in Toronto. I did actually interview Martha & The Muffins foe the book but, sadly, that chapter ended up a victim of the editing process when we suddenly had to lose 8000 words. But it may resurface in the next book. Again, thanks for your interest and we’re glad you enjoyed it!


  7. Bob Nosbisch
    Jul 13, 2014 @ 13:07:54

    I could write so much about your book and how much I loved it, even though it was sad to read about the animosity (and record companies) that split up so many groups. As a longtime lover of rock music from the late sixties through the seventies, my musical tastes grew when the Clash, Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Squeeze, the Police, the Records, Sniff ‘n’ the Tears, and other late 70s artists helped music evolve. Then, of course, came the artists in your book and while it was terrific to read about some artists with whom I already was a little familiar (ABC, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Yaz, etc.), your book also exposed me to artists that I had known nothing about (Joy Division, the Smiths, New Order, etc.) So I gratefully thank you – and look forward to your second volume, curious about who will be included next time…….. :)


    • Lori Majewski
      Jul 14, 2014 @ 13:26:00

      Thanks, Bob, for the kind words. When we started on Mad World we considered included Joe Jackson, Squeeze, and the Police, but we quickly found that we had to narrow our focus — as it is, our publisher tacked on 50 additional pages! So we zeroed in on that weird, wonderful time at the dawn of MTV that really shouldn’t have happened at all. New wave was an accident; it only really went mainstream here in the U.S. because MTV didn’t have sufficient videos from American rock bands that were being played on the radio at that time. And what an interesting juxtaposition bands like the Smiths and New Order — both, curiously, Mancunian bands — made to the more highly stylized groups like Duran and Spandau. It was such a wonderful journey, to rediscover these bands and put them in a cultural context, several decades later. We’re so glad you took the trip with us — thanks again, Bob! BTW, who would YOU like to see in a second volume?


  8. Robert
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 23:41:56

    Loved the book! I mostly read ebooks these days, but this was one I bought in paper, mainly because I hate trees. Just kidding. I wanted to get the most out of the color photos, and the creative layout, and I’m glad I did! One suggestion, though, for the next volume: captions for the photos! And maybe even identifying who, in the band, is speaking. I didn’t mind going to Wikipedia to find out who was who, but it would have been nice to have in the book!

    And since Lori asked (another poster…), here are some suggestions for the next volume, which I definitely look forward to. I owe a few of the more obscure bands on the following list to the kind souls who broadcast obscure, new wave 80s music (Andy’s 80s, in particular). It’s become pretty much the best thing about the Internet, in my humble opinion. Okay, here goes:

    The (English) Beat
    The Cars
    China Crisis (They did an album with the guy from Steely Dan…weird!)
    The Church
    Comsat Angels(!!!!)
    Fiction Factory
    Fine Young Cannibals (The first album, especially…)
    The Fixx
    General Public
    Idle Eyes
    In Pursuit (so obscure, I doubt even Andy’s 80s knows who they are!) Great album, though (“Standing in Your Shadow”) The main guy in the band, Jay Joyce, went on to produce a number of well-known artists, including Patty Griffin (“Flaming Red”))
    The Jam
    Megadeth (just seeing if you’re paying attention… Though, “Rust in Peace” is, arguably, the best metal album of all time…suck on that, Metallica…)
    Missing Persons
    The Motels
    Mr. Mister
    Strange Advance
    Ten Ten
    ‘Til Tuesday (“Welcome Home” album, and Aimee Mann’s first solo record…masterpieces…)
    Oh, and if you want to branch out a bit, Jane’s Addiction, possibly the coolest, most fucking awesome band of the 80s. “Nothing’s Shocking”—a total masterpiece. The Led Zep of the 80s.

    Well, that’s all I’ve got for now! Is there really going to be a second volume, or are you and your publisher waiting to see how the first book does…? Oh, and as a writer, myself, it was really nice to not spot any typos in the text. And good writing, throughout, too! Refreshing!


    • Jonathan Bernstein
      Jul 16, 2014 @ 19:55:07

      All good choices, though some are maybe mixtape items rather than entire chapters–I love “Independence Day” by The Comsat Angels but I’m not sure how much more I really need to know about them. You are pretty much correct in your assessment of where the second book currently stands. As for the typos, it took us eight agonizing read-throughs and we were still finding them right up till the end!


  9. Race Bradley
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 05:35:08

    Hi, first of all let me say I love this book. I’m hoping there will be a sequel. Til Tuesday, gene loves jezebel, culture club, dead or alive, the cars, the cure, the ramones, the B-52′s, Alice cooper, Kate bush, cheap trick, all deserve mention in your sequel. Please let there be a sequel!!! Oh and the Sugar cubes. The cult, and the smiths. Please please please… Let me get what I want this time!!! You should consider a tie in DVD to go along with it. That would be brilliant! Keep up the nice work!


    • Jonathan Bernstein
      Aug 06, 2014 @ 16:00:36

      Thanks. We like all your choices, although we already covered The Smiths. (Not sure about Cheap Trick). Glad you enjoyed it.


  10. Brian Hobson
    Aug 07, 2014 @ 22:58:54

    Thank you both for writing this book – I have really enjoyed reading it and am buying copies for all my music loving friends. At 46, I still listen to the music/artists listed in your book with passion and emotion. I fell in love to this music, got over some lost loves listening to it, and it also helped shape my politics. Whenever these artists tour, I make every effort to see their show as a way to thank them for the joy they’ve given me. How is it possible that The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and The Jam (or simply all aspects of Paul Weller’s career) are not in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame! I hope you do write a 2nd volume. May I recommend Split Enz/Crowded House, The Alarm, The Call, Style Council, Madness, The Specials, The English Beat, and Big Country. Again, very well done.


  11. Jon Bass
    Aug 24, 2014 @ 21:40:05

    I am simply in LOVE with this book. Thank you for writing it. And from the artist, how cool is that. I’m going to wear it out for sure. I can’t WAIT for volume II ! Is there ANY way to get an autographed copy for my 80′s collection? Or will you be doing a book tour where I can get a signed copy? Thanks again!


  12. Bob Gourley
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 20:25:42

    I really enjoyed the book! I thought you might be interested in my online magazine, Chaos Control, as I’ve covered a lot of 80s artists (I recently did an interview with Midge Ure – I’m going to try to make it to the Rough Trade event ):


    • Jonathan Bernstein
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 23:16:34

      Thans for sending. We will check it out!


  13. Alison Ross
    May 21, 2015 @ 22:21:09

    I recently got this book from my local bookstore, the co-owner of which is a big New Waver like myself. I am almost done with it and I LOVE IT. The two things I love the most about it are: Learning about songs I never heard (here I thought I had a good depth of musical knowledge concerning the era in which I grew up!), and the fact that it so forcefully solidifies these songs as the NEW classics – those that stand the test of time and serve as the “Stairway to Heaven” counterparts of the 80s, if that makes sense. I don’t necessarily agree with ALL your choices – not sure about Animotion, but maybe I can see your point – but the book has made me so nostalgic and really validated my love for an often-dismissed musical era. Sure, everyone “loves” the 80s – but most dismiss it as an era of artifice and cheesiness. Well, yes, it was! And that is what makes those songs brilliant. Some of the songs are more substantial than others – “Mad World” trumps “Come On Eileen” any day – and most were heartfelt in their way, and just added a layer of cheese to make them more accessible. I do wish you’d included bands like The Cure, but maybe in your next project? It would be very cool, too, to add a fan point of view (outside of your own), and I’d LOVE to give my fan input about The Cure, especially since they remain my favorite band in the world, and I’ve seen them many times, even recently!

    Anyway, thank you so much for your book. As a result of it, I’ve been revisiting these classic songs, plus burrowing into the ones I had not heard, such as “Being Boiled” and most of Heaven 17. Just got Travelogue by Human League and I cannot believe how much darker it is than their more popular albums. And Heaven 17 is a dream…


    • Jonathan Bernstein
      May 26, 2015 @ 22:18:55

      Wow. Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully, there will be more to come.


  14. Alison Ross
    May 21, 2015 @ 22:24:55

    OH. And it would be even more mega-cool if you could do a book about the underground 80s…the stuff that was even more underground than, say, The Normal. I have all my mix tapes from then…I don’t necessarily know all the band names, but I do know the songs…

    You could cover the whole 80s scene, too, such as the Starck Club in Dallas. I was there! It was crazy!


  15. Alison Ross
    Jun 17, 2015 @ 03:25:37

    Hello again!

    Page 91 of my latest issue of Clockwise Cat contains my review of your wonderful book. Enjoy!


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