Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It Came From 1980s Nashville, Again: Vandy Girls, New Wave, Channel 4 Documentary

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 4:28 PM

The other day, Ryan Catbird posted this video on MBV, of a news segment that aired in Boise, Id., in 1985 called "Pretty in Punk." I, for one, cannot get enough of revisiting the reactions of a confused and clueless adult populace as they attempt to delve into the crazy punk culture that's making their kids look and act weird and listen to weird music.

Of course, I was immediately reminded of the "Vandy Girls New Wave Documentary" that I posted about over a year ago, so I sent some links over to MBV under the banner of "saw your Boise post, thought you might find these entertaining."

Ryan's reply: Linky no worky.

Turns out all the videos I embedded in my original post have been taken down, but after some hunting I managed to scare them up (thanks, nashville80srock), along with the awesome Channel 4 series, which I now present for your viewing pleasure.

Nashville New Wave 1983, Part 1.

Awesome Donahue footage, "crazy" punk kids, Lonnie Lardner, you name it. "New Wave is Nashville's version of the Valley Girl."

Nashville New Wave 1983, Part 2.

"Each week, new music groups with unusual names surface for a crowd that appreciates their kind of sound." The Replacements make a cameo here, allegedly playing so loud that they blow out the camera crew's equipment.

Nashville New Wave 1983, Part 3.

"Many parents find the new music painful." Not Warner Hodges' parents, though.

Nashville New Wave 1983, Part 4.

"Heh. Well, next week we move from New Wave to something that's been around a little longer: chocolate."

Meanwhile, I updated the post "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?," originally published in August 2007, so the videos will play now.

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