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These U.K. acts’ brief dominance of the American pop charts 30 years ago was described as a Second British Invasion reminiscent of the first one back in the 1960s led by the Beatles. At the apex of this new music’s popularity, Rolling Stone magazine devoted an entire issue to the trend in November 1983 with the headline: “England Swings: Great Britain invades America’s music and style.” It referenced the week of July 16 of that year when seven acts who were British-based occupied the Billboard Top 10 singles charts: Duran Duran, Culture Club, the Police, Kajagoogoo, Eddy Grant, Madness, and the Kinks — a band from the first British Invasion.
Most of the then-new British pop acts who broke into America in the early ’80s emerged after the mid- to late ’70s punk explosion in Britain. Their origins can be traced to the New Romantic movement — a hybrid of retro, glam and futurism in the music and fashion through early ’70s, pioneered by acts David Bowie and Roxy Music. New Pop was a cross between punk and disco — and the message was more upbeat than political or nihilistic that characterized punk.