Category: Vintage Video

Vintage Video: The Smiths preform hour-long set for German TV show ‘Rockpalast’ in 1984

Vintage Video: The Smiths preform hour-long set for German TV show ‘Rockpalast’ in 1984

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we dip into the vaults of “Rockpalast” for this performance by The Smiths in 1984. This 15-song set finds the band burning through its early material to the point that it encores with a couple of its best-known songs that already had been performed earlier.

Vintage Video: Galaxie 500 drifts through a 40-minute set at an Atlanta club in 1990

Vintage Video: Galaxie 500 drifts through a 40-minute set at an Atlanta club in 1990

For our first post-hiatus installment of Vintage Video, we spotlight a band that, at least in its live incarnation, is sadly underrepresented on YouTube: dream-pop icons Galaxie 500. So here’s a 7-song, 40-minute set that finds Dean Wareham, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang performing material from 1988’s Today and 1989’s On Fire.

Vintage Audio: Dead Milkmen remake ‘Bitchin’ Camaro’ for WXPN radio promo in 1985

Vintage Audio: Dead Milkmen remake ‘Bitchin’ Camaro’ for WXPN radio promo in 1985

Well, here’s a fun one: The Dead Milkmen today shared a radio promo they recorded in 1985 for the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN radio station, a re-write of “Bitchin’ Camaro” that announces the show “Yesterday’s Now Music Today” is moving from Sunday nights to weekday afternoon. Check it out here.

Vintage Video: ‘The Cure in Orange’ — watch out-of-print 1987 concert film in full

Vintage Video: ‘The Cure in Orange’ — watch out-of-print 1987 concert film in full

Time for what’s becoming a regular Vintage Video repeat: While we’ve posted this before, The Cure’s Robert Smith has yet to follow through with his announcement of a DVD release of “The Cure in Orange,” so, as it remains sadly out of print, we once again present the full 1987 concert film.

Vintage Video: Local TV newscasters try to explain ‘Cocteau Twins fever’ in 1985

Vintage Video: Local TV newscasters try to explain ‘Cocteau Twins fever’ in 1985

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we resurrect something we first shared way back in 2010: a pair of TV news reports from WBNS in Columbus, Ohio, about the “Cocteau Fever” surrounding the Cocteau Twins’ Sept. 19, 1985, concert there — just one of five stops on its U.S. tour that year.

Vintage Video: Gene Loves Jezebel glam up The Ritz in New York City circa 1986

Vintage Video: Gene Loves Jezebel glam up The Ritz in New York City circa 1986

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we present a full 50-minute MTV broadcast from 1986 that finds Gene Loves Jezebel — back when there was only one incarnation of the band — performing at The Ritz in New York City circa the release of the band’s third album, Discover.

Vintage Video: Newly surfaced Talking Heads concert from 1980’s ‘Remain in Light’ tour

Vintage Video: Newly surfaced Talking Heads concert from 1980’s ‘Remain in Light’ tour

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we turn to this killer Talking Heads concert that’s been making the rounds online, an 80-minute black-and-white performance filmed at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, N.J., about a month after the release of 1980′s Remain in Light.

Vintage Video: The B-52s dance this mess around in 1983 West German TV performance

Vintage Video: The B-52s dance this mess around in 1983 West German TV performance

For this week’s installment in the Vintage Video series, we revisit the classic, original lineup of The B-52s — including the late Ricky Wilson — as the band plays a 30-minute set in Dortmund, part of what was then West Germany, in 1983 for the TV show “Rockpalast.” The set comes a month after the release of “Whammy!”

Vintage Video: Gang of Four deliver an electrifying set at Croatian festival in 1981

Vintage Video: Gang of Four deliver an electrifying set at Croatian festival in 1981

We re-christen the long-dormant Vintage Video series with this fantastic pro-shot footage of Gang of Four performing a taut, 22-minute set at the Music Biennale Zagreb festival in Croatia, on May 15, 1981. The performance comes a couple months after the release of the band’s sophomore album, Solid Gold,

The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ turns 25 today — celebrate with 5 full Prayer Tour concerts

The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ turns 25 today — celebrate with 5 full Prayer Tour concerts

Twenty-five years ago today, The Cure released what many fans consider the band’s masterwork, the gloom-struck epic Disintegration — an album that found Robert Smith and Co. snapping out of their mid-’80s pop phase in favor of a darker, more cinematic sound.

Depeche Mode revisits 1990’s infamous Wherehouse in-store with 18-minute video

Depeche Mode revisits 1990’s infamous Wherehouse in-store with 18-minute video

Depeche Mode marked the anniversary this week of the release of its massive Violator album with a new Archives Special devoted to the band’s infamous record-signing session at The Wherehouse record store in Los Angeles on March 20, 1990 — an event that drew 10,000 fans.

Vintage Video: Simple Minds live at ‘Rockpalast’ 1982 — watch full 90-minute set

Vintage Video: Simple Minds live at ‘Rockpalast’ 1982 — watch full 90-minute set

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video we return to that treasure trove of quality early ’80s concert footage, the West German TV show “Rockpalast,” for this New Gold Dream-era performance by Simple Minds. Here, you can watch the full 90-minute performance by Jim Kerr and Co. filmed on June 6, 1982.

The Smiths’ debut turns 30 today — celebrate with a full hour-long concert from 1984

The Smiths’ debut turns 30 today — celebrate with a full hour-long concert from 1984

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the genre-shaping debut album from The Smiths, the John Porter-produced self-titled effort that remains, these three decades later, a point of contention among fans: Did these recordings best represent Morrissey and Marr’s early songs?

Vintage Video: Watch The Cure’s out-of-print 1984 concert film ‘Live in Japan’

Vintage Video: Watch The Cure’s out-of-print 1984 concert film ‘Live in Japan’

With The Cure rumored to be preparing Trilogy/Reflections-like concerts featuring performances of The Top alongside The Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, we devote this week’s Vintage Video to a long-lost relic of the Top era: the band’s 90-minute “Live in Japan” concert film.