‘The Progressive Underground’ pays tribute to new wave music

Listen to ‘The Progressive Underground’ on Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. ET on 101.9 WDET.

Chris Campbell

'The Progressive Underground' host Chris Campbell.

This week on The Progressive Underground, host Chris Campbell explores the history of new wave, the music genre that emerged out of punk culture and evolved into synth-pop and alternative dance at the dawn of the MTV era.

Hear music from the Talking Heads, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby and the B-52’s — along with lesser-known selections from The Brides of Funkenstein, Prefab Sprout and After the Fire.

The Progressive Underground Playlist for Feb. 24, 2024

  • “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” – The Police
  • “Just What I Needed” – The Cars
  • “Love Is The Drug” – Roxy Music
  • “Are Friends Electric?” – Tubeway Army
  • “Video Killed The Radio Star” – The Buggles
  • “Heart of Glass” – Blondie
  • “Pop Muzik” – M
  • “Rock Lobster” – The B-52’s
  • “Underpass” – John Foxx
  • “Never Buy Texas From a Cowboy” – Brides of Funkenstein
  • “Cars” – Gary Numan
  • “Whip It” – Devo
  • “Mirror in the Bathroom” – The English Beat
  • “Girls on Film” – Duran Duran
  • “Once In a Lifetime” – Talking Heads
  • “Mickey” – Toni Basil
  • “Pocket Calculator” – Kraftwerk
  • “Tainted Love” – Soft Cell
  • “Don’t You Want Me” – Human League
  • “Livin’ In the Name of the New Wave” – Andre Cymone
  • “Situation” – Yaz
  • “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club
  • “Private Joy” – Prince
  • “She Blinded Me With Science” – Thomas Dolby
  • “Come On Eileen” – Dexy’s Midnight Runner
  • “Safety Dance” – Men Without Hats
  • “Steppin’ Out” – Joe Jackson
  • “Der Komissar” – After The Fire
  • “Sweet Dreams” – Eurythmics
  • “Promises, Promises” – Naked Eyes
  • “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” – Culture Club
  • “Voices Inside My Head” – The Police
  • “Don’t Sing” – Pre Fab Sprout
  • “Alleys of Your Mind” – Cybotron
  • “Burning Down The House” – Talking Heads

Listen to The Progressive Underground — now at its new day and time — Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. on 101.9 WDET and streaming on-demand at wdet.org.

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