At the time of the punk music movement growing in UK in the late 70s, Germany was still divided ideologically and physically by politics and a wall.
Not so with rock music as West, and especially East, German rock bands took to the anti-establishment rawness of punk and new-wave, spawning their own blend of punk, new-wave, euro-rock and traditional German hard rock, to be known by the movement as Neue Deutsche Welle – German New Wave – and abbreviated by anybody with trouble pronouncing it to NDW 🙂
Starting out as an underground music movement, as the 80s rolled in it became more influenced by electronic rock and mainstream as record labels jumped on the bandwagon, producing factory-made one-hit wonders. By the mid 80s it had been abandoned by its proponents, but its influence can still be felt in later waves of punk rock and in dance-punk.
Wild Wednesday presents a little selection of some avant garde and commercial and tracks from the movement.