Everything '80s Is New Again for Global Musicians

Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague is a French music project started by Marc Collin (L) and Olivier Libaux (R), with various singers, including Camille (center). Nouvelle Vague means "New Wave." hide caption

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Wasis Diop

Wasis Diop is originally from Senegal but now lives in Paris where he writes and records. hide caption

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Rachid Taha

Algerian Rachid Taha was a dishwasher and factory worker before getting a break as a DJ. He's since released seven solo, worldbeat albums. hide caption

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In pop culture, everything old gets recycled — and it's not just an American phenomenon. Reviewer Chris Nickson looks at a recent vogue among global artists for '80s cover tunes.

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Artists and songs featured in this piece:

 

"Rock the Casbah," originally by The Clash, performed here by Rachid Taha from the album Tekitoi.

 

"Love Will Tear Us Apart," originally by Joy Division, performed here by Nouvelle Vague from the album Nouvelle Vague.

 

"Once in a Lifetime," originally by the Talking Heads, performed here by Wasis Diop from the album Toxu.

 

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