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‘Holy grail’ recording surfaces of New Order’s scorching ’83 gig at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro

‘Holy grail’ recording surfaces of New Order’s scorching ’83 gig at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro

The concert, New Order’s first in Chicago, has become the stuff of legend: At the end of a scorching late-June day in 1983, the band takes the stage at the Cabaret Metro, where a packed crowd drives the on-stage temperature to nearly unbearable heights, knocking out power on-stage mid-set.

R.E.M. tears up pre-‘Murmur’ set in 1982 — earliest known pro-shoot footage

R.E.M. tears up pre-‘Murmur’ set in 1982 — earliest known pro-shoot footage

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we present what is believed to be the earliest pro-shot video footage of R.E.M. in concert: a 50-minute live set filmed on Oct. 10, 1982, for broadcast on TV by a South Carolina station about six months before the release of the band’s debut, Murmur. Watch it here.

Video: Depeche Mode, ‘A Concert for the Masses’ — rare footage from 1988’s ‘101’ concert

Video: Depeche Mode, ‘A Concert for the Masses’ — rare footage from 1988’s ‘101’ concert

Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of Depeche Mode’s iconic “Concert For the Masses,” a daylong show at the 100,000-seat Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., that also featured performances by Wire, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Thomas Dolby — and was, of course, filmed and recorded for ‘101.’

‘Margaret on the Guillotine’: Revisiting the classic anti-Thatcher songs of the ’80s

‘Margaret on the Guillotine’: Revisiting the classic anti-Thatcher songs of the ’80s

As one of our readers noted this morning, Morrissey finally got the answer to the question he posed of Margaret Thatcher in his controversial Viva Hate closer “Margaret on the Guillotine”: “When will you die?” The former British prime minister passed away today at age 87.

Dead man’s party: Watch 3 of Oingo Boingo’s epic Halloween concerts from 1987 and 1990

Dead man’s party: Watch 3 of Oingo Boingo’s epic Halloween concerts from 1987 and 1990

For those of us living in Southern California in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Halloween meant one thing: Oingo Boingo’s epic “Dia de los Muertos” concerts in Los Angeles and San Diego. We’ve posted this 1990 show before, but now we’ve got two full sets from 1987 — Oct. 30 and 31 at Irivne Meadows.

Spin in the ’80s: The Cure, R.E.M., Morrissey, The Replacements, U2 and much more

Spin in the ’80s: The Cure, R.E.M., Morrissey, The Replacements, U2 and much more

Spin magazine recently dropped a goldmine into Google Books: scans of nearly every issue of the music mag, from its May 1985 debut up through October 2009. We’ve flipped through the ’85 to ’90 issues, creating links to stories about The Cure, R.E.M., The Replacements, Morrissey, New Order and many, many more.