IN CONCERT: Young Marble Giants live at the Western Front, November 6, 1980.
Vancouver-based project space Western Front has played host to countless stunning musical and visual artists over the last 42 years, and they’re reminding us of this by unearthing an awe-inspiring, ages-old performance from classic post-punk minimalists Young Marble Giants. A full-set video is now streaming online.
The concert took place November 6, 1980, and found the Welsh unit treating the crowd to many of their subdued but stunning pieces. Witness, if you will, the opening number “N.I.T.A.,” a mix of droning organs, bassist Philip Moxham’s signature pluck and thump, and Alison Statton’s lines of nostalgia-haunted heartbreak. Elsewhere, you’ll find performances of “Radio Silents,” “Ode to Booker T.” and more.
IN CONCERT: TEEN AGE RIOT: FEROCIOUS SONIC YOUTH CONCERT FROM GERMAN TV, 1996
Sonic Youth Live at Rockpalast – Dusseldorf, Germany (Apr-04-1996) (full show 1h15m)
On Easter Sunday in 1996 there was a big festival in Düsseldorf, Germany—the German TV show Rockpalast was there and captured some outstanding footage of Sonic Youth in its prime, supporting their ninth album Washing Machine, from which most of the material played in the show stems.
The first three songs amount to throat-clearing before the band starts really kicking ass on “Washing Machine.” The camerawork, audio, and editing are all excellent, and the 21-minute finale of “The Diamond Sea” has to be seen to be believed.
Teen Age Riot
Bull in the Heather
The Diamond Sea
LED ZEPPELIN PERFORM THEIR FIRST LIVE SET ON TV, 1969.
Led Zeppelin’s appearance on Danish television in 1969 is one of the classic moments of rock music history. It was Zeppelin’s second time on television but their very first playing a full live set of songs in front of a studio audience.
Recorded at the Danmarks Radio Studios, Denmark for TV Byen/Denmark Broadcasting Corporation on March 17, 1969, Led Zeppelin ripped through a stunning setlist of their early favorites: “Communication Breakdown,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” and “How Many More Times.”
Impressive, powerful and tight—it is an early example of Led Zeppelin at their best.
‘ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?’ BLISTERING FOOTAGE OF CHEAP TRICK LIVE IN 1979.
This footage of Cheap Trick on Rockpalast in 1979 captures the band at the very top of their game after the face-smashing success of their live album, Cheap Trick at Budokan that finally saw a US release after a frenzy of demand for the record (which was only available in Japan at the time). That album catapulted the band into the stratosphere of rock and roll superstardom. Here they rip through eleven songs with switchblade precision and I don’t know if I’ve ever heard vocalist Robin Zander sound better than he does here.
On Top Of The World
Ain’t That A Shame
Need Your Love
I Know What I Want
I Want You To Want Me
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS—VERY EARLY ON—LIVE FOR AN HOUR ON A LOCAL CHICAGO TV SHOW, 1988.
What you are about to see is some pretty incredible early footage of the Smashing Pumpkins performing songs from their first demo tape on a local Chicago television show, The Pulse back in 1988.
IN CONCERT: STRANGLERS Hamburg Markthalle 20.February 1983 Complete Concert (1h 27m).
Hugh Cornwell (guitar, lead and backing vocals), Jet Black (drums)
Jean-Jacques Burnel (bass guitar, lead and backing vocals)
Dave Greenfield (keyboards, backing and lead vocals)
Nuclear Device (The Wizard of Aus)
Toiler on the Sea
Ships That Pass in the Night
Just Like Nothing on Earth
No More Heroes
Who Wants the World?
Never Say Goodbye
Princess of the Streets
Midnight Summer Dream
Bring on the Nubiles (Cocktail version)
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Joe Strummer’s Last Recorded Concert.
Mark Radcliffe presents an intimate portrait of Joe Strummer, one of the most iconic figures of the last 30 years.
Radcliffe was at Strummer’s last-recorded stage performance and he conducted possibly the last ever interview committed to tape, capturing a snapshot of Strummer’s life just months before his untimely death.
This programme does not re-tell The Clash story, but instead presents the thoughts, words and music of a man who, 17 years after The Clash had disbanded, was as vibrant, creative and outspoken as ever.
Mark Radcliffe’s candid exchange with Strummer weaves around some of the tracks from Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros’ 2002 set at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Anecdotes and reminiscences come from Billy Bragg, band member Scott Shields and biographer David Quantick.
THE SINGLE GREATEST PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. BOOTLEG, EVER: THE ORIGINAL BAND, LIVE IN NEW YORK, 1980.
“This video recording features the classic 1980 Lydon, Levene, Wobble & Atkins line up playing live in New York. The best PiL bootleg EVER!! Filmed by two cameras, one at the back / middle, and one on the left-hand side of the stage. This recording is not really a bootleg, BUT neither is it an official release…
Obviously, it’s well filmed, there are some great close ups of the band (even though John spends most of the time crouched down at the front of the stage). The colour is a bit faded here and there, but despite the age of the recording it’s decent quality. Unfortunately it’s only four songs, although ‘Careering’ from the gig has also surfaced separately, but the footage is absolutely superb! Look out for when John gets a young, hip looking, black kid up on stage to dance with him during ‘Bad Baby’, superb stuff.
This has to be one of my favourite PiL videos, it’s an absolute must have for PiL fans. It’s also the only concert footage of the 1980 line-up I know exists…” dangerous minds
Filmed by Paul Dougherty at a heavy-metal club near CBGB’s called Great Gildersleeves on April the 22nd, 1980.
The five tracks filmed were:
Vox: John Lydon
Guitar: Keith Levene
Bass: Jah Wobble
Drums: Martin Atkins
NEWLY UNEARTHED VIDEO: MY BLOODY VALENTINE DESTROY DC’S 9:30 CLUB, 1989.
A remarkable footage from more than two decades ago. It’s a video lasting an hour and 24 minutes of Band of Susans and My Bloody Valentine playing the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 1989.
It’s scarcely an overstatement to say that before yesterday, next to nobody was even aware that this footage existed. The setlist.fm chronologies for Band of Susans and for MBV (as of today) didn’t list the show at all.
The sound is pretty raw—the vocals in particular are almost never audible in any proper way—but the thrash and clangor of the guitar and drums always rings through quite effectively, and of course you can see them playing quite well. The image of Susan Stenger singing lead vocals while wielding an especially large bass guitar dominates the first half of the video.
As they say, “Distortion IS truth.” We await that “future version … with better audio” but until then, we’ll be happy with this.
IN CONCERT: BETWEEN JOY DIVISION AND ‘BLUE MONDAY’: NEW ORDER LIVE IN THE EAST VILLAGE, NYC, 1981.
Before they recorded their classic 1983 album Power Corruption & Lies, New Order made an extended trip to New York and absorbed some of the city’s more upbeat sounds into their own morose and world-weary music. Latin salsa, 12” remix culture and the electronic beats they heard in nightclubs like Danceteria and the Roxy were obvious inspirations for the music they would soon come to make.
But at the time this was videotaped—live at the Ukrainian National Home in New York’s East Village on November 18, 1981—New Order were still largely Joy Division minus Ian Curtis, a post punk band, not the electronic dance quartet they would soon become. It’s a fascinating document of the group during what is perhaps the least documented era of their long career. As I would personally chose Movement over anything else in their catalog, this was a real treat to watch.
Low lights, the intense musicians saying almost nothing to the audience, a concert held in a hot sweaty dance hall—there’s an extremely underground quality to this show.
01. 00:00 ICB
02. 04:05 Dreams never end
03. 07:20 Everything’s Gone Green
04. 12:35 Truth
05. 17:15 Senses
06. 21:50 Procession
07. 25:50 Ceremony
08. 30:35 Denial
09. 35:30 Temptation
Bernard Sumner (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards)
Stephen Morris (Percussion, Keyboards)
Gillian Gilbert (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards)
Peter Hook (Vocals, Bass)