The New Romantic phenomenon was similar to that of glam rock during the early 1970s, in that (male) New Romantics dressed in effeminate clothing, often with frilly shirts, and wore make up. David Bowie was an obvious influence, and his 1980 single "Fashion" could be considered an anthem for the New Romantics. However as with many art-school based youth movements, by the time this 'anthem' was pronounced, the movement itself had been seized upon by commercial forces, and watered-down versions were being cheaply reproduced for the High Street.
The main difference from glam, however, was that instead of guitar rock, the music was largely synthesizer-based electropop music. There was also discernable difference in emphasis and mood, from the frenzied screeching of Slade roaring Coz I Luv You to the more ethereal langour of Visage and their Fade to Grey.
New Romantic performers (please add names in alphabetical order)