Friday, April 13, 2012

Vintage videos!

It's almost mid-April. Let's take a look at some vintage music videos, performances and interviews. It's a nice reflection of the past and brilliant music.

R.E.M full concert at Rockpalast (1985)
This leans really heavily on material from Fables of the Reconstruction and Reckoning. They had just released Fables recently and this is a great setlist. I love seeing their early live performances, such a great, pure performance. There were two encores which appear an hour in this performance. I love the version of Pretty Persuasion. Great all around song, and one of the bands I wish I could have seen live. Let's hope for a reunion soon.

Klaus Nomi - Total Eclipse (1981)
I love this version so much! So much better than the studio version. This was recorded for Urgh! A Music War, a British film released in 1982 featuring mostly new wave, punk and postpunk band recorded live. It features such bands as Oingo Boingo, Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan, The Police, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, The Go-Gos, Wall of Voodoo, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, Pere Ubu, and many others. This is a highlight of it. Klaus Nomi shows the world what a true star is. The world is a sadder place now that he's gone. One of my favorites performers.

Gary Numan commercial for Diehard batteries
In the early 80s, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus did commercials for Maxell cassette tapes. You might remember them, it featured a man sitting down in a chair, literally being blown away by the music he was hearing. John Lydon also did commercials for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Musicians have been doing commercials forever. Gary Numan did this commercial for DieHard batteries, which shows him playing his keyboards and powering all these cars with a single DieHard battery. It's pretty neat and it's a commercial which I don't believe many are aware of. Watch!

Robert Smith interview for NME (2009)
This is a pretty good interview with Robert Smith where he talks about the Cure's legacy, the band's influence and fame. I love when he talks about seeing David Bowie in 1975 and how disappointed when Bowie only played for 40 minutes with no encore and how much of a letdown it was. He also talks about opening for Motorhead and the strange connection they have with them. Great stuff.

Bauhaus Gotham (1999)
Bauhaus' reunion concert recorded in 1999. No one would think Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J would ever be on the same stage together, this year proved them wrong. Here, they are in top form and are performing all the hits, Double Dare, Kick In The Eye, Passion of Lovers, Ziggy Stardust, All We Ever Wanted, Dark Entries, Telegram Sam, and many more hits. Watch the entire concert. It is one to remember. The video and audio quality is surprisingly good.

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