New Wave

New Wave

Dare to Be Different

DVD - 2018
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In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn't compete with the mega-stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. In this riveting and star studded documentary, Program Director Denis McNamara, the 'LIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, corporate-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.
Publisher: Oaks, PA : MVD Visual, [2018]
Branch Call Number: 781.66 NEW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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ba_library
Sep 07, 2019

Interesting documentary that focuses on the Long Island, NY radio station WLIR which “dared to be different” in the early 1980s by playing/introducing what is called New Wave music. The WLIR crew initially imported LPs from England from bands like the Clash, the Cure, Tears For Fear and added American bands like the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads. They introduced new artists/bands prior to MTV and differed from other radio station playlists of that era. I found it interesting as to the musical history of that post-punk period; bands playing synthesizers instead of guitars, having a different visual style and sound. Also, interesting as a business model; deviating from standard MOR (middle of the road) playlists. Involving listeners by having their Screamer hit of the week (fans voted on their favorite song by phoning in), also setting up clubs where “alternative” bands could play in U.S. cities. This is back in the day pre-computer when most LPs were released on vinyl or cassette and most of the new music you might hear was played on the radio.

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MrWaturi
Jul 23, 2019

Really good documentary for conveying the excitement for this now-classic genre. Loved their pride at being the first station to play new albums, especially ahead of the labels' marketing plans. For Seattle fans, http://historysdumpster.blogspot.com/2014/04/seattles-kjet-am-1600.html is a good read. While WLIR switched formats 8/2/82, KZOK-AM became KJET 1600 5/30/82, with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" as their first track. Couldn't find the exact date KYYX started, aside from a "late 1982" reference. Was curious as to how quickly the West Coast embraced the new UK music vs the East Coast, but sounds like parallel evolution.

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Les_J
Jun 17, 2019

Good documentary!
It will remind you of when radio stations used to be exciting and didn't play the same set of songs all the time and allowed the dj's to break new bands to the public.

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Shoegazer
Apr 17, 2019

KYYX in Seattle was doing the same thing around them. Maybe even earlier.

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tuckerclan
Apr 10, 2019

Excellent movie I could watch a few more times. If you listed to the radio for your music, just about every city had this low budget station you could only get on a clear night ........ but the music was worth the wait. Tells a great story with the people and acts to back it up. I miss the different genres within a genre that made music a roller coaster ride in the early 80's.

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Mee49
Jan 16, 2019

Doc about Modern Rock (or 80s rock) radio station. I grew up in the SF bay area during this time and remember listening to KQAK "The Quake" 99.1 which starting broadcasting this format in 1983. But WLIR claims to be the first in the US to bring this new format to US ears in 1982. It was a blast watching this doc because it took me back to my teenage years during the early 80s... and all the "new wave" music that went with it. Those were fun times with lots of cool new great music... most of it coming from England.

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