Various Artists

Les Plus Grands Tubes: New Wave

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If your French is rusty, "Les Plus Grands Tubes" translates as "The Greatest Hits," and this four-disc collection features 60 songs that hit the charts during the new wave music explosion of the '70s and '80s. Ranging from the gritty songcraft of Joe Jackson and the lean '60s-influenced rock of the Jam to the polished electronic sounds of ABC and stylish guitar pop of the La's, this selection offers a little bit of everything from the era when new wave music was new and hipsters had tall hair and skinny ties. Other artists appearing on Les Plus Grands Tubes: New Wave include Robert Palmer, the Human League, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Soft Cell, Talk Talk, Tears for Fears, Level 42, Squeeze, and many more.