Due to popular response, here's a follow-up to my initial blog on Vietnamese New Wave
. For those of you who may not have read it, Vietnamese New Wave (less often called Asian New Wave
) is not
Vietnamese music. Think Northern Soul
, a British genre of music that didn't come from British artists, but were beloved by 70s speed freaks for their common sound. At least, they didn't make it, but they took it, played it at dances, made bootleg mixes of it on tape and CD. The songs in the genre share easy-to-dance-to/syncopation-avoiding beats (setting it apart from Freestyle
), easy-to-learn and obviously ESL lyrics, and are completely devoid of pretense or irony. My love and exposure to this amazing music is owed entirely to an amazing person, the flawless tastemaker, Ngoc Nguyen
Vietnamese New Wave artists come from a variety of scenes including Italo-Disco
, (English, French and Swedish) Synthpop
and (German and Spanish) and Eurodisco
. Beginning in the some time around the mid-to-late '80s, these bubbly, infectious tunes found an unexpected audience in the Vietnamese diaspora who disseminated these gems through the aforementioned mixtapes, parties and bootleg mix CDs which you can still find in Little Saigons around the globe.
We carry many of these artists at Amoeba. Most are found in the Freestyle section. However, a lot are found in, erm... Rock
. So ask at info if you can't find something.