Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Wave Rave 1977

As documented here before, the words ‘rave’ and ‘ravers’ seem to date back to the post-WW2 UK jazz scene and were widely used through to the late 1960s underground before seemingly largely falling out of use until the acid house era. But here’s a rare example from the punk period- an advert for a 1977 series of gigs in the West Country by Chelsea and The Cortinas (both on Step Forward records) with the strapline ‘New Wave Rave’. A ‘New Wave Disco’ is also promised.

In recent years the name ‘New Wave Rave’ has been used for various punk/indie club nights (a quick search throws up nights in Sydney and Berlin, among others). But I’m not aware of other examples of the use of the word ‘rave’ in the high punk period (1976-78). 

The poster features in the excellent ‘Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80’ book by Toby Mott and Rick Poynor. 


Jim Denham said...

I suspect the term (in the context of the British jazz scene) probably originated with George Melly and his bandleader Mick "King of the Ravers" Mulligan, whose exploits in the 1950s are well documented in Melly's highly entertaining book ' Owning Up'. The Mulligan gang was also responsible for coining the term "Jobsworth", their description of deliberately unhelpful / officious managers, doormen, petty authority figures, etc.

Jim Denham said...

... and, come to think of it, the term "Transpontine" to describe someone from South London.