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20/20 on “New Wave” from 1979

Posted on 06 September 2011 by Caryn Rose (5)

This was the best you could get for music on television back then, and given the time and the outlet, this is not a terrible report, at all. It has a clue, and it also quells the whole OMG PUNK ROCK HEROIN AND YOU WILL KILL YOUR GIRLFRIEND that was the usual tenor of mainstream media when talking about this music back in the day.

There’s some great footage in here, especially of the Ramones at the Diplomat, the Talking Heads (with an interview w/David Byrne and Jerry Harrison), and the Clash live. I don’t specifically remember watching it, but I can’t imagine I wouldn’t have seen it. At least it wasn’t cringe-inducing for watching with one’s parents.

[Note – I didn’t digitize this or upload it, I just found it somewhere on the internets and it made me chuckle. I wish I could remember who posted it or where I saw it but I do not. Thank you, Person I Do Not Remember.]

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5 Responses to “20/20 on “New Wave” from 1979”

  1. Tim B. says:

    Nice! I may need to repost this. Thanks, CR…

  2. Jon says:

    Yeah, that was great!

    Here’s an accompanying playlist:

  3. Steven says:

    Interesting that they seemed to be suggesting that punk grew out of New Wave, instead of the opposite.

    They also had no idea hip-hop was just around the corner, a problem I remember well. My kids were four years and one year old at the time … my daughter was born the day after the Sex Pistols at Winterland (yes, I made both events), and I assumed they would be punk rockers when they grew up. Wrong!

  4. clr says:

    At least they didn’t go with the party line of “the british started punk”. i considered that progress.