Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Upcoming Cutting Edge DVD to include REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, X, Henry Rollins and more

Miles Copeland (yes, brother of Stewart Copeland of the Police) will bring IRS Records presents the Cutting Edge to DVD on October 16th. The Cutting Edge was a precursor to the famed 120 Minutes show which MTV would feature years later. The show featured up-and-coming alternative rock acts such as Robyn Hitchcock, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Squeeze and REM. I'm not sure if this is an entirely new collection or a compilation of the two Cutting Edge VHS tapes which were released in the 90s. The show was sponsored by IRS Records, (founded by Miles Copeland and featuring bands such as REM, Camper Van Beethoven, Oingo Boingo, The Fleshtones, The Go-Gos, The Cramps, and Concrete Blonde) and ran from 1983 until 1987. Peter Zarembra of the Fleshtones was the main host of the show, and it featured many bands on the IRS Records label.

According to a sheet provided to record stores, the DVD will feature the following artists:

Tom Waits
Husker Du
The Blasters
Stan Ridgway
The Smithereens
Henry Rollins
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hoodoo Gurus
Let's Active
The db's
Jonathan Richman
The Alarm
Robyn Hitchcock
The Fleshtones

As a video treat, here is The Best of The Cutting Edge Vol. 2 in it's entirety

and here's Morrissey on the Cutting Edge in 1986

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