Kevin Haskins reads an excerpt from his upcoming Bauhaus book.
BAUHAUS UNDEAD: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus, exhibits an extensive personal collection of Haskins’ ranging from show fliers, photos, hand written lyrics and more—that Kevin Haskins has diligently saved since the band’s beginnings—along with with personal anecdotes as well as stories from the band’s peers.
The book will be published will officially be released in March of 2018 via Cleopatra Records.
THE B-52S BRING THEIR MESS AROUND TO THE POPULAR SOAP OPERA ‘GUIDING LIGHT,’ 1982
Guiding Light holds the record for the longest run of any soap opera. It debuted in 1952 as a narrative doled out in 15-minute increments and made it all the way to 2009, when it was replaced by Let’s Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady. When a show is around that long, it’s tempting to say that “everything” happened on it, but that category doesn’t intuitively include appearances by influential new wave bands. Yet that did happen too.
In 1982 the B-52s appeared on an episode during a promotional tour for their David Byrne-produced EP Mesopotamia. The premise was that there was a venue in the town, which bore the name of Springfield (yes, Springfield), in which musical artists would appear.
The forgotten New Yorker who changed the ‘80s music scene.
When the members of New Order arrived in New York for their first North American gigs in 1980, they were greeted by a booking agent, a drug supplier, a tour guide and their own personal chef — all of whom were the same woman.
The Brits were just one of dozens of new wave and post-punk acts imported across the Atlantic by New Yorker Ruth Polsky. During her tenure as a talent booker at seminal Manhattan nightclubs Hurrah on West 62nd Street (1979 to 1982) and Danceteria on West 21st Street (1982 to 1986), she was the first to take chances on then-unknown bands such as Simple Minds, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Smiths, the Psychedelic Furs and many more. With disco and rock still dominant in the charts, Polsky had a rare ear for fresh sounds, and took chances in bringing them to the United States before most other club bookers would dare.
‘TROUBLE UNDER WATER’: UNRELEASED MUSIC FROM SEATTLE’S LEGENDARY U-MEN.
Bands like The U-Men don’t come along often. A Seattle band at a time when the phrase “Seattle band” carried zero cultural cachet, The U-Men kitchen-sinked Gun Club rootsiness, classic garage rock ‘verb-and-twang, punk sneer, gothic darkness, and Ubu/Beefheart artiness into a single coherent sound that galvanized a hinterlands underground scene and directly influenced the grunge explosion
The latest episode of the Talkhouse podcast — which features musicians interviewing musicians — finds old friends, bassists and fellow Mancuinans Andy Rourke of The Smiths and Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order talking a walk down memory lane in a 25-minute chat that finds the two reminiscing about how they met, their respective legal messes and more.
Hook’s appearance is in promotion of his recently published memoir “Substance: Inside New Order,” which leads Hook to ask Rourke if he’s read Morrissey’s autobiography:
Andy Rourke: “I’ve had a, ya know, a browse, a browse through it. I was just checking out what he’s saying about me, basically. Went through the index.”
Peter Hook: “Ya know what, that was the reason why I didn’t want to put an index in my book. Because I didn’t like the thought of Barney (Sumner) going in the bookshop and just
browsing through the index. I wanted him to have to suffer it!”.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Joey, Johnny and the Secret Recipe That Made The Ramones Great
Watch The Ramones perform their best songs at the peak of their powers on Dec. 28. 1978.
When the Ramones released their third album, Rocket to Russia, 40 years ago this week, it should have turned the Queens proto-punks from cult heroes to pop stars. It was, after all, a perfect synthesis of all the things that the group—and especially singer Joey Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone—loved about rock ‘n’ roll, things that had been missing from the genre for so long.
But the album only barely cracked the top 50 and, according to the band, The Sex Pistols and 60 Minutes were to blame. Joey, always the most pop-savvy and obsessive member of the group, was convinced that Rocket to Russia’s lead single, “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” was going to be a commercial breakthrough. And why not? Watch the Ramones perform the song on Dec. 28, 1978
DOC: Poly Styrene – Tony Wilson Interview 1978
MTV Launch (August 1, 1981 EDT)
“Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.”
The National: Something Out of Nothing
Join the National onstage during an epic performance in Copenhagen and in a cozy Hudson Valley recording studio. This V.R. experience, directed by Oscar nominee Marshall Curry, follows the creative process as members of the band puzzle out their new album, “Sleep Well Beast.” Watch below the immersive experience.
DOC: Short documentary about the best band to ever come out of the Texas, the Judys.
The Judy’s were a Pearland, Texas-based punk and new wave band from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In their heyday, the band was composed of David B. Bean (songwriter, vocals, guitars, keyboards), Dane Cessac (drums, vocals) and Jeff Walton (bass, vocals).