Back in 1985, Night Flight produced a candid backstage interview with Tom Petty while he was on tour promoting Southern Accents. After hearing the sad news on Monday, we went to the archives to get the full segment for you.
The Church of the SubGenius recruitment movie, "Arise!," was written and edited to work as a documentary feature film, or as twenty separate stand-alone two-to-ten-minute excerpts. Night Flight ever-so-wisely used those modular excerpts as recurring episodes of "Love That "Bob"." (Notice the important if awkward quote marks on the sacred name "Bob"! That’s part of the religion.) The movie was originally assembled, much like the Fra...Read More
Now, streaming the "Best of New Wave Theatre" show that was previously released on VHS in two volumes by Rhino Video. This is the very same show, hand-picked and re-edited in 1986 by David Jove, the man who created "New Wave Theatre."
This trio of atmospheric horror tales start with: Il Telefono (The Telephone) A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; I Wurdulak" - Vladimire d'Urfe (The Wurdalak) Starring Boris Karloff plays a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires; and a 1900-era nurse who makes a fateful decision whil...Read More
By 1971 David Bowie was branded a one-hit-wonder, Lou Reed was considered washed up following a disastrous debut and Iggy Pop was seen as merely a drug crazed ex-Stooge. But a meeting of minds in that year's closing months was the catalyst for an extraordinary turnaround for these three musical geniuses, resulting in the most dramatic shift of musical style since the dawn of the rock age. This fascinating film investigates the era in ...Read More
This documentary film - the first ever about Eno - explores his life, career and music between the years 1971 & 1977, the period that some view as his golden age. Featuring numerous exclusive interviews, contributions from a range of musicians, writers, collaborators and friends - plus performance and studio film and an abundance of the most exceptional music ever created.
Night Flight and Stone Brewing present Dr. FrankenStone’s Fright Nights with 1968's Curse of the Crimson Altar starring Barbara Steel, Boris Karloff, and Christopher Lee. Crack open a beer, settle in for Curse of the Crimson Altar and don't miss the short intermission where we show you how to recreate #DrFrankenStone's beer blend concoctions using Stone beers (tried and tested by our brew crew)! Tune in weekly for more vintage cree...Read More
David Bowie gained fame in the late 60s with the smash hit "Space Oddity." His rise to stardom was gradual but inevitable. His passion for music has allowed him to sell over 140 million albums worldwide. In 1996, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This is the true story of how a boy, from South London, persevered and changed music forever.
The Men Who Make the Music combines concert footage from DEVO's 1978 tour with music videos and testimonials featuring a vague story about DEVO's rocky relationship with "Big Entertainment."
A tour de force of Gumby's craziest guest creatures in this special Night Flight compilation episode featuring The Glob, The Zoops, Moon Boggles and more... As to be expected, things get a lil crazy.
Through an online contest, 6 fans are selected to film Iggy & the Stooges' legendary reunion September 3, 2010 performing Raw Power to a stunned crowd. Following the performance, the fans meet and interview the band. Experience the fan's journey and joy as they witness a classic performance and meet their heroes face to face. Part concert film, part reality TV, In the Hands of the Fans brings the fans closer to the band. "Getting this...Read More
Taken from a short films special on Night Flight from 1986, here's Jac Mac & Rad Boy, Go! One of the more popular animated short films that aired during Night Flight’s 80s heyday was Wes Archer’s cult fave Jac Mac & Rad Boy, Go!, a wonderfully frenetic cartoon about two party-bound teens who inadvertently destroy a city on their way to hell, which Archer admits he may have also been inspired by his own wayward youth in Houston, Texas.
A Night Flight Exclusive. David Wechter & Michael Nankin’s adorable 1978 short film Junior High School drew praise from critics, led to making a Disney cult classic, and it was also the first exposure for singer/choreographer Paula Abdul. After overseeing a new digital transfer, this lost classic is now available for streaming on Night Flight Plus!
This DVD includes a rare performance from the always intriguing Lene Lovich, with Thomas Dolby on synthesizer, at Studio 54 in NYC on December 4, 1981. On this night, Lovich projected her strong soprano with brilliance and explored the limitations of her voice in a way other New Wave experimental singers of the time could only dream about. Of this show, Stephen Holden of the NY Times wrote, "Miss Lovich put on a fascinating show in wh...Read More
In the early 1980s, Massachusetts radio personality John Garabedian came up with a plan to launch a TV channel to function as music television for the Boston-based college crowd. His goal was to take the Music Video TV concept and make it live (real time) and local (catering to Boston's interests). On February 12, 1985, V66 (on WVJV-TV channel 66) went live on the air and created an immediate sensation. V66 was in the right place at t...Read More
Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock'n'roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general. 'Looking For Johnny' is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991. The film examines his career as a member of the New York Dolls, the punk scene with The Heartbreakers in New York City and London and much more.
In the early 70's, rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This feature length documentary captures the band during early performances in New York at Kenny's Castaways and Max's Kansas City, then follows the Dolls on their tour of the west coast, including foota...Read More
Night Flight "Take's Off" to the once and future glory of Acid Rock. The original catalytic agent for Acid Rock faded away, but Night Flight tracked the visual cues and sonic elements of Acid Rock making a major flashback for the '80s through artists like S'Express, The Cult, The Psychedelic Furs, Nina Hagen and The Mission.
Night Flight takes off to Animation, Part 3! This segment features traditional Hollywood animation, stop motion, pixelation, and computer animation. Featuring videos from Cyndi Lauper, George Clinton, Jean Luc Ponty and more...
“Their music was devil’s music: high decibel, tortured, frenzied songs about Death, Destruction and Black Magic.” Welcome to Night Flight’s 1984 Take Off to Heavy Metal History with a look at metal forgers Black Sabbath. We go back to the 1970s for classic Sabbath, trace the development of Ozzy Osbourne and Ronny James Dio from their days as Black Sabbath’s lead singers to their solo careers in the mid 80s as “Rock’s Top MadMen.” We’v...Read More
As many of you know, after Night Flight went off the air at the end of the 1980s it was brought back into syndication only a couple years later to corrupt and inspire a new generation of fans. More and more of these episodes are starting to turn up in the Night Flight vault, including this Mother's Day Special from 1991. This two hour episode includes a revealing interview with The Clash's Paul Simonon, experimental 3D animation, ...Read More
Welcome to Night Flight's 1986 exclusive video profile of Black Sabbath. "They were the most successful and controversial metal band of the mid ‘70s. Hated by critics, adored by their fans, Black Sabbath mixed a taste for the occult with bone crushing volume,” Pat Prescott proclaims. This special episode features Night Flight’s iconic interviews with both Ozzy and Tony Iommi, and covers over a decade of the band's output and individua...Read More
"First there was Emperor Franz Joseph, then came Muscle Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, now another superstar from Austria…” Welcome to Night Flight! Tonight’s original episode is the 1986 Video Profile of Falco. Featuring the massive hits of the mid '80s, older cuts like “Der Kommissar” (later covered by After The Fire) and candid interviews with the Austrian superstar, this episode is a Night Flight classic. Watch tonight!
Now available for streaming on Night Flight Plus is the influential 1977 "Fantastic Animation Festival," the first widely-released collection of animated films, which became a hit with midnight movie lovers, was the first exposure for dozens of respected animators, and spawned like-minded follow-up compilations for decades to follow. It premiered on television as one of the earliest episodes of “Night Flight” in July 1981.
In this excellent Flash Tracks episode from June, 1987 Night Flight covers Women in Rock including Siouxsie and the Banshees, Yazoo's Alison Moyet and Suzanne Vega. Born Susan Janet Ballion in a London suburb, Siouxsie Sioux cut her musical teeth on rock legends the Sex Pistols and David Bowie. Siouxsie Sioux brought unrestrained fashion and rock together, (what Night Flight's Pat Prescott calls a modern day "Mata Hari") with a sty...Read More
We begin this 3 hour As-Aired episode with an excellent selection of videos from Eurythmics, Jermaine Jackson, Prince, and Prince produced The Time. Night Flight's Rising Stars covers songs from classic acts Psychedelic Furs, Slade, and Night Flight's Discovery Segment features Milk 'N' Cookies' Ian North and Eva Everything. Hour 2 brings an incredible selection of new film and video art featuring experimental animation and video from...Read More
"Mama warned me about wild music at parties... she said music would lead to loose behavior and uncontrollable urges!" AWW YEAHH. Tonight, get ready video music according to Playboy Magazine on Hot Rocks (circa 1983) featuring uncensored videos from David Bowie, Queen, Doug and The Slugs, The Tubes, Marty Ballin, and newcomer Peter Godwin in a Playboy Exclusive. While the sexuality of these videos was novel for the time and presente...Read More
Night Flight's video profile of one of the seminal bands of the 1980s, Manchester England's innovative New Order. Highlights include their music video for "Confusion" which contains scenes filmed inside legendary NYC nightclub 'The Funhouse' along with rare footage of revered dance music producer Arthur Baker at work in the studio.
One of Night Flight's most revered segments returns on Night Flight Plus this weekend. This episode of The Video Artist follows Stephen Beck, who creates abstract analog visuals with his direct video synthesizer. Beck was an inventor, video artist and writer who was a pioneer in the video synthesis medium. "My interest is using the video synthesizer as a compositional tool," he says as he walks Night Flight through his process. His ha...Read More
Where else on television could you find 1950s cult video segments like 'Space Cadet' followed by a pure Lynchian unknown filmmakers showcase into Kaiju Midnight Movie trailers? Blue Oyster Cult interviews back to back with Depeche Mode videos or Black Sabbath’s iconic Beat Club performance following The Belle Stars? Where on television could you be challenged, excited and inspired all at once? Night Flight of course!
"Tonight we bring you your favorites!" "Over the last couple months you've written in to tell us what you want to see most," Pat Prescott says, explaining the viewer-requested curation behind this classic episode of Night Flight. Unsurprisingly, it turns out Night Flight viewers had great taste. Among the top requested artists are Kate Bush, Prince, Culture Club, The Thompson Twins, and Duran Duran. Check out this exceptional ep...Read More
Described by some as a video masterpiece, Black Joy is a colorful and artistic mix capturing Psychic TV in a number of guises. This DVD includes 2 full length programs previously available only as two separate VHS tapes. "Black" was filmed live at the Subterrania Club, London, in March, 1991, capturing the band at the height of their acid-phase. "Joy" includes live footage from a show at Manchester Poly in October 1988, as well as pro...Read More
Sad Vacation is an up close and personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen and how it ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Directed by Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of The Clash, Looking for Johnny), this films pulls no punches and reveals the facts through personal friends, insiders and witnesses. Includes interviews with Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Bob Gruen, Walter Lu...Read More
When director Tony Silver and co-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. In STYLE WARS, New York's ramshackl...Read More
From "Lemmy" filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. "THE DAMNED: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead" includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Depeche Mode, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film cha...Read More
This film may be one of the only ways we can see the real Kaufman, at least the way he appeared after after a particularly awful performance at a popular Catskills resort in late 1979. Created by Andy's Kaufman’s friend, comedy club owner and hopeful filmmaker Seth Shultz, this title is a Night Flight streaming exclusive and is not to be missed!
The Residents had recorded their album, The Commercial Album, in 1980. It contained 40 one-minute tunes. The DVD version of this required enlisting many talented film-makers from around the world, each contributing one or more one-minute videos to accompany the songs. Though the videos can be viewed in a linear fashion, more intriguing is wandering through a maze choosing ones you wish to watch.
Little Beastie Boys and Girl (Kate Schellenbach of Luscious Jackson), during the era of “Cookie Puss” mania. See the early stages of their charm in insightful interview. Driving them to the studio they went on about how they shouldn’t have to do small stuff like cable and that they were going to be big stars. Took us twenty years to figure out that one of the songs they performed, “Egg Raid on Mojo” was about them tossing eggs at a bo...Read More
It was the Butthole’s first trip to the big city and Scott & Gary caught them in all their psychedelic desert drug haze glory. Following in the footsteps of fellow Texans the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, they unleashed a devastating performance. Priceless interview too. Gibby informs Scott of the pride he felt in his former occupation as an accountant. Buttholes actually wanted Scott to go with them to MTV the next day and screen the t...Read More
X: The Unheard Music takes long, detailed, and often funny look at the LA music scene of the late 70s and 80s and focuses on the group that critics had singled out as the leader of the underground pack. The Unheard Music is a documentary that combines live footage of the band and interviews with the four members (as well as their friends and families) with surreal music videos and montages of newsreel footage and vintage television co...Read More