A guy has just launched a blog that will be posting the tracks from the late great & now hopelessly out of print Urgh! A Music War flick...
The long unavailable film is a concert classic that's a time capsule of the early eighties new wave music scene. Instigated at the behest of Miles & Ian Copeland, it of course showcases three live songs from their brother Stewart's band, The Police, but goes far beyond that.
Shot over a two week period in the spring of 1980, the filmmakers criss-crossed continents capturing some damn amazing & archival sets for the film. The travelogue takes you through London's Lyceum , to the Whiskey A Go Go & Santa Monica Civic in LA. The cameras are present at concerts in NYC and even an outdoor festival in France for segments with numerous groups ranging from Echo & The Bunnymen to Steel Pulse to The Dead Kennedys. You catch glimpses of Gary Numan, Devo, Oingo Boingo, Joan Jett, Wazmo Nariz, Gang of Four, Echo & The Bunnymen and even a rare live concert apearance of studio gnomes XTC.
Here's a clip of Echo & The Bunnymen from the film.
There's truly no finer film that can give up so much live energy & talent in 2 Hours of jam packed serious time travelling. What the docs about Monerey Pop or Woodstock were to the hippies, this film ends up being for pogo dancing new wavers, boot boys & future surf punks. The cinematic style is much like the music, sweaty, upclose and raw. Now since this document is relegated to the horrible status of legal limbo, you will likely never see this come out on an official release again.
Urgh! features a total of 34 bands in approx two hours on stages in London, Los Angles, Frejus, San Diego, Portsmouth and New York City.
I've seen E Bay auctions of old VHS Cassettes & copies of the soundtrack going for $100, and a recent website offering a DVD dubbed version for $70. The poster alone sells for $50.
But if you really want a DVD-R copy of this must see film, you can click the VHS URGH cover image link buttons below & for just $20 via PayPal I'll personally send one to ya.
Thanx for visiting my site and reading my rants, and for that I'll gladly dub ya a fresh copy and pack it off either via US Priority Mail (or Global Priority Mail if you are in Europe). Depending on your locale, the disc will be packed in either a plastic slimline case for international mail or here in North America in an Amaray case...
p.s I'd of course be interested in hearing about any rare music related DVD video trades as well...
here's just some samples of the amazing side one & two of the soundtrack LP...
The Police - Driven To Tears
Wall Of Voodoo - Back In Flesh
Toyah Wilcox - Dance
Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark - Enola Gay
XTC - Respectable Street
now ya just flip it for side two
Go Go's - We Got The Beat
Klaus Nomi - Total Eclipse
Athletico Spizz '80 - Where's Captain Kirk
Alley Cats - Nothing Means Nothing Anymore
Jools Holland - Foolish I Know
Steel Pulse - Klu Klux Klan