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The Cramps at The Mudd Club, 1981: live and dangerous
08.10.2010
03:40 am
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Manhattan cable television in the late 70s/early 80s was a viaduct for some of the wildest shit to ever invade the American airwaves. From porn to rock and roll to goofy infomercials and call-in shows, it was some of the most fun to be had at 2 a.m in the morning in NYC. If you weren’t actually in the clubs, bars and sex pits of Manhattan, you were watching it on cable.

Paul Tschinkel’s Inner Tube may have been low rent, but it was one of the grooviest TV rock shows in the history of the medium. On a zero budget, Paul managed to capture the raw energy of what is arguably the last great era in rock and roll. He filmed seminal performances from musicians like Klaus Nomi, Lydia Lunch, DNA, The Contortions, Johnny Thunders, The Blessed, The Cramps and many many more.

Here’s 12 minutes of great footage of The Cramps at the Mudd Club in 1981. If you were living in Manhattan at the time, you could’ve watched it on the tube.

Lux, Kid Congo, Nick Knox and Ivy.

Warning; this kicks in loud, so adjust your speakers or risk waking up the neighbors.

Posted by Marc Campbell
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08.10.2010
03:40 am
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Punk rock hippie shit: ‘Please help need LSD now!’
08.09.2010
03:28 am
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I took some home movie footage shot in San Francisco in 1968 and added some music to it. The result: punk rock hippie shit!
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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08.09.2010
03:28 am
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Sensational local TV news coverage of The Sex Pistols Dallas, Texas gig in 1978
08.08.2010
02:13 am
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In this news clip from the Dallas ABC news affiliate we see the borderline hysterical coverage of The Sex Pistols gig at cowboy dancehall The Longhorn.

I love the marquee with ‘The Sex Pistols’ hovering over Merle Haggard’s name. That would have been one hell of a double bill.

It’s amusing to hear people complain that they had to pay $3.50 to see what was in effect a historic piece of music history. The date was January 10, 1978.

Texas punk band The Nervebreakers opened for The Pistols that night and recently re-united to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their once-in-a-lifetime gig. I’ve included some video footage of them playing in Dallas last year.
 

 
See footage of the Pistols Longhorn show and a recent Dallas performance by The Nervebreakers after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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08.08.2010
02:13 am
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Dick Tracy meets the punks
08.05.2010
12:03 pm
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Thanks Kristian Hoffman !

Posted by Brad Laner
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08.05.2010
12:03 pm
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DM exclusive: Infamous punk rock snuff film surfaces after 30 years: viewer discretion advised
08.04.2010
04:41 am
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‘One Potato, Two Potato’ was filmed in 1981 by an anonymous Austrian artist and punk rock musician who reputedly went mad during the shoot and killed the actors and hung himself while film was rolling.

Rumors of ‘One Potato, Two Potato’s’ existence flourished within the snuff underground, but no one had actually seen it. The film suddenly surfaced in December of 2008 on eBay and was quickly snapped up by a mysterious Austrian collector of the bizarre and occult.

Dangerous Minds obtained a copy of the video from black market sources in Turkey and after consulting our legal team have decided to share this controversial film with our audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

 
thankyou al bird dirt

Posted by Marc Campbell
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08.04.2010
04:41 am
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Derf Scratch Of Pioneering Punk Band ‘Fear’ Has Died
08.02.2010
08:38 pm
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Derf Scratch, a founding member of Los Angele’s punk pioneers Fear, died on July 28. Derf (Frederich Milner) formed Fear with lead singer and vocalist Lee Ving in 1977.

Fear was one of the best punk bands to come out of L.A. They were musically solid, intense and had an outrageous sense of humor. Their songs were confrontational, nihilistic, lewd : throwing satirical jabs at the punk scene, political correctness, feminism, gays, Christians, anything that moved.

Derf left the band in 1982 shortly after Fear released their debut album on Slash Records. It was not an amicable split. He and Ving had fallen out over work habits, drugs, ego. He sold his Fender bass to Mike Watt of The Minuteman and dropped out of the music scene.

Derf died of an undisclosed illness.

For a thoroughly entertaining interview with Derf check out citizen mag

 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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08.02.2010
08:38 pm
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The making of John and Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band LPs
08.02.2010
12:52 pm
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Over the weekend via that most wonderful invention known as Netflix Instant View I caught an excellent documentary on the making of the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band LP. I found it to be one of the best Lennon related documents I’ve ever seen, worth watching if only for the moments wherein the gloriously raw vocals are isolated, check out the last few minutes of the below clip. Chills up the spine !

 
That they also touch…

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Posted by Brad Laner
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08.02.2010
12:52 pm
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“We’ll never die!”: Atari Teenage Riot returns
08.01.2010
03:36 pm
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It’s great to see that Berlin’s Atari Teenage Riot—electronic anarchists and creators of the “digital hardcore” sound—are back and in terrific shape. Predictably, what was first slated as a reunion for a few European shows has turned into a full-blown world tour for Alec Empire and Nic Endo, along with new Rioter CX KiDTRONiK.

Throughout the ‘90s, ATR spread sonic fire from the nexus of hard techno, thrash-punk and noise, with their members (including formers Hanin Elias and the late lamented Carl Crack) also releasing solo projects on their own Digital Hardcore Recordings label.

As shown by this stage invasion during their appearance at Zurich’s Fusion Festival from this spring, the Riot seems back on in full force.
 

 
After the jump, relive ATR’s famous 1999 anti-fascist May Day riot in Berlin, with commentary by Empire…
 

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Posted by Ron Nachmann
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08.01.2010
03:36 pm
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Exene Cervenka’s Punk Rock Western To Aid Gulf Coast Recovery
07.30.2010
03:54 pm
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Exene Cervenka, the director of photography and co-writer on Modi Frank’s 1986 silent western Bad Day, is making the film available on her website to help raise money for Gulf Coast residents.

Shot at a secret location near Chatsworth, California, the short film features an inspired cast of irregulars playing the residents of a small town on a bad day. Call it what you will: a cow-punk time capsule, a mock-Western, a guerrilla film forerunner – or just plain proof of a time when everyone didn’t take themselves so seriously.

“Bad Day” has a cool cast that includes, John Doe (X), Dave Alvin (Blasters), Kevin Costner, Michael Blake and Chris Desjardin (The Flesheaters).

A portion of the proceeds from “Bad Day” are going to the Gulf Coast aid organization the Committee for Plaquemines Recovery that helps the people affected in the Gulf region.

Now available for the first time as a digital download Viewers will be able to “pay” whatever they choose for the download.  Please view at www.baddaymovie.com
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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07.30.2010
03:54 pm
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Rare L.A. punk rock footage at special Target Video screening at Cinefamily, tonight!
07.29.2010
08:32 pm
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Director Joe Rees’s Target Video operation captured some of the rawest and most iconic performers of the early San Francisco and Los Angeles punk scenes, going as far back as 1977, including such legendary events as the next to last Throbbing Gristle concert, the Cramps playing for a group of patients at an insane asylum and ultra rare footage of The Screamers, a seminal L.A. synth punk band who sadly released no records. Not to mention, the Dead Kennedys, who were anti-music video and anti-MTV, hence the lack of footage of their early years. Luckily, Rees and his cameras captured it all for posterity.

Tonight at Cinefamily/The Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood there will be a special Target Video night with Rees and his comrades playing VJ with two hours of clips of So Cal groups like TSOL, Black Flag and Nervous Gender, plus a set of songs from the era spun by guest DJ Michael Stock from Part Time Punks.

Cinefamily,  611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510

Video: The Mau-Maus performing “War Baby.” This is the probably the only known early footage of the band, shot by Target Video.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.29.2010
08:32 pm
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