follow that line of thinking, you would be safe, on an historical level if nothing else, in stating that new wave began and died with Patti Smith’s Horses LP.
Horses, like no other LP since, took rock and roll kicking and screaming into a lyrical malstrom where artistic and creative thought were a hit and run constant. It was scary the way pure intellect and the primitive rock and roll beat could spawn what was literally a new music.
So complete was the album that Patti herself has had trouble duplicating its excellence. A cry rang out amidst the sludge that followed. “Was legitimate new wave to be a one hit wonder, destined to languish forever in the realm of what might have been?” It sure seemed that way until one day:
September 1976: It came on the radio late in the afternoon and from the opening blast of Farfisa organ it was like magic. Those searing guitar lines! The surreal word pictures falling from the mouth of this sultry queen bitch! It was a magic carpet ride on the back of a song called “Sex Offender” and it was a rock and roll shot in the arm from a group called Blondie.
“One of the first groups I was with was called Stiletto,” she said. “We were probably the first punk rock group. We’d get on stage in real trashy clothes and act real sleazy. It was great fun.