An in-depth study and review of THRASH music featuring performance footage of all the pivotal bands plus interviews with Metallica, Megadeth and many others. In the early 1980s, Lars Ulrich was taken by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, that he came to England to track down obscure records, take them home, listen to them and helped come up with a genre of their own: Thrash Metal. This film is a study and review of the genre and wit...Read More
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Blackhearts is a documentary that tells the compelling story of three die hard fans of black metal. The hard rock subgenre gained worldwide notoriety because of its links to Satanism, church burnings and murders 25 years ago in Norway. We follow Sina from Iran, Hector from Colombia and Kaiadas from Greece on their journey to Norway - the Mecca of the music that has formed their lives. What makes someone risk their life, get thrown in ...Read More
"If you've ever wondered what the Stooges' first show on Halloween 1967 was like, you'll find that answer and many others about the Detroit music scene of the late 1960s in a new DVD, Blowing Fuses Left & Right: The Legendary Detroit Rock Interviews." That's how Rolling Stone describes this documentary featuring the legendary 1988 Detroit interviews with members of the Stooges, the Rationals and the MC5 & the Detroit music scene.
The first fully-authorized Bob Mould concert, from the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on 10-7-05. Features Bob's compositions from Husker Du, Sugar's Copper Blue and his most recent solo release, "Body Of Song." Filmed live at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on October 7th 2005, Bob Mould reaches deep into his songbook for a career-spanning electric band performance. Joined onstage by Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Richard Morel (M...Read More
Southern California. The late 70s. Spike-haired kids with tattoos and a love for loud music stuck out like sore thumbs. These Punk pioneers found their only sanctuary at Cuckoo's Nest, a club in Costa Mesa. "Clockwork Orange County" chronicles this scene, where seminal Punk acts such as The Ramones, T.S.O.L. and Black Flag launched, and a west coast chapter of a global musical movement was born.
Considered by many to be director Kinji Fukasaku's greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre, Cops vs Thugs was made at the height of popularity of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories taken from contemporary headlines. Returning to the screen after completing their Battles Without Honor and Humanity series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasa...Read More
D.O.A.: A RIGHT OF PASSAGE is the ground-breaking classic "rockumentary" about the origin of punk rock. Centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up, the tour was the only one the Pistols played in the United States. Director Lech Kowalski (East of Paradise) followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their seven-city U.S. tour. Mixing this with footage...Read More
This 30 minute VHS features the seminal punk band Dead Kennedys, live from their early years at various venues, including the Mabuhay Gardens, the Sproul Plaza at Berkeley and at Target Studios between 1978 through 1981. Much of the material is from the classic & critically acclaimed debut LP "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables." In addition to 9 live songs, there is also hilarious news footage from Jello Biafra's notorious Mayoral ca...Read More
YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT!!! From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red - the ultimate giallo movie. One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the ...Read More
"In January of '96, we closed Sundance Film Festival. We wore 20s style prison suits and dished out classic DEVO songs to an unsuspecting audience of Hollywood elite," Devo's Jerry Casale tells us of this raw concert bonus disc included with the Men Who Make The Music reissue. Watch the full concert tonight on Night Flight Plus!
Despite the success of Charlie Ahearn's seminal hip-hop film Wild Style, he turned from narrative film to painting and video art for most of the 1980s and 1990s. In 1991, he created a video journal through the window of his Times Square apartment "Doin' Time in Times Square". He managed to capture Times Square, in all of its' pre-Giuliani glory, during a period of unbridled tension, when Times Square was that strange mixture of very l...Read More
Adam Ant & Deborah Harry star in this 1996 rock and roll comedy wherein a band kidnaps a rock star and holds him hostage. A down and out rock n' roll band, Hindenburg, kidnap their favorite British rock star, Spazz-O, and hold him hostage to hear their music. The problem is, Spazz-O's ex-porn star wife Holly Everest (Chelsey Parks) and his back-stabbing manager, Dave Donovan (Adam Ant), can't wait to get their hands on his fortune, an...Read More
"Finding Joseph I" is a documentary film chronicling the eccentric life of punk rock reggae singer, Paul "HR" Hudson from Bad Brains. The charismatic frontman's explosive live performances helped pioneer hardcore punk while delivering an enlightening message of positive mental attitude. HR's heavy devotion to the Rastafarian faith guided him in a spiritual direction leaving the band several times to explore his love for reggae music. ...Read More
This program features Lech Kowalski's 2003 documentary feature about the life and times of Ramones bassist and all-star burn out, Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002). Dee Dee's life is a fascinating character study of a punk rock legend who never grew up. Listen to Dee Dee's account with director Lech Kowalski, to discuss Johnny Thunders for the film 'Born to Lose.' Relive the battlefield history of rock and roll through the memories of this o...Read More
Guerilla filmmaker Brendan Toller unleashes I NEED THAT RECORD! THE DEATH (OR POSSIBLE SURVIVAL) OF THE INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE, "an elegy for a vanishing subculture...a lively, bittersweet film that examines - with caustic humor, brutal candor, and, ultimately, great affection - why roughly 3,000 indie record stores have closed across the nation over the past decade," (Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe). A tour-de-force tale of greed, me...Read More
In the early 70's, legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya toured with Ike & Tina Turner and filmed them performing, on the road, and behind the scenes. Now for the first time ever this footage is unveiled. This is a look inside a hardworking band as well as an iconic couple-- an intimate film on the dynamic Ike and Tina Turner had at their creative peak.
As innovative as they are influential, Kraftwerk's contribution to the development of electronic music since their formation in 1970 remains unsurpassed. Having inspired everyone from Bowie to Coldplay, Siouxsie to Radiohead, this bizarre collective have also proven partly responsible for entire genres to develop - electronica, techno and synth-pop to name but three. This DVD reviews the career and music of Kraftwerk, from their incep...Read More
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers' classic 1977 'L.A.M.F.' album performed by members of Blondie, MC5 & Replacements. The sole surviving Heartbreaker Walter Lure is joined by Blondie's Clem Burke, The Replacements' Tommy Stinson and MC5's Wayne Kramer. Captured live at the Bowery in 2016. Includes guests including Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome. The DVD includes bonus interviews with all four band-members, plus guest Jesse Malin (D-Gener...Read More
Last Shop Standing charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies. Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became a...Read More
Known as the king of the rant, Lewis uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. A passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence...Read More
From those early days as a bedroom dwelling New York Dolls fanatic writing to the NME on a regular basis, through the heady Smiths era when he barely put a foot wrong, and across his often quite staggering solo career to culminate at his position today as elder statesman of the indie generation. The program includes rare and classic footage, musical performances of the Smiths and Morrissey, exclusive and archive interviews, and length...Read More
This weekend, Night Flight delivers one of it’s classic Video Essays: “Dating Do's And Don’ts.” Joining the likes of Atomic TV and Rockin’ Ronnie, Dating Dos and Don’ts is an exhaustive video mashup combining romantic pop from Lynn Goldsmith’s rock alter-ego Will Powers, Dolly Parton, Apollonia 6, Berlin, ‘60s instructional videos, ‘50s B-movie sci-fi and, oh yeah, a visit from an old friend: Dr. Ruth Westheimer! For any viewers of t...Read More
This is the story of the band and their rise to fame in a unique format, featuring an all-inclusive collection of rare and unreleased performances, interviews, hit music video compilations and a memorabilia gallery narrated by original Nazareth member guitarist Manny Charlton. All songs performed are shown in unedited form (complete songs) and contain footage from the "BBC Sight and Sound Concert," video and television productions fro...Read More
This documentary film reviews the music and career of one of rocks true giants during his formative and most creative years. It features obscure footage, rare interviews and rarely seen photographs of and with Neil Young. Throughout the film, live and studio recordings of Young classics are reappraised by a panel of contributors. Also included are reviews, comments, criticism and insights from John Einarson (Young's biography author),...Read More
Night Flight salutes the Women of Rock in this excellent original episode from June, 1988. "Today," Pat Prescott tells us, "women's voices are more powerful than ever in new music, neo-folk and down & dirty Rock n Roll." Featuring Sinead O'Connor's incredible video with MC Lyte, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Annie Lennox.
"Viewer discretion is advised" Pat Prescott tells us at the start of tonight's 1988 Take Off episode to Controversial Videos. "Sex, Drugs, Religion, Politics..." what more can you want from Night Flight's curated collection of controversial music videos. Everyone knows that while other fledgling music networks from the era avoided controversy, Night Flight actively courted it. Just ask creator Stuart Shapiro about what happened the fi...Read More
Tonight, we go back to 1988 to Take Off to Futurism in Music Videos. "The future is upon us, with Robots, Computers and new technologies" Pat Prescott informs us at the top of tonight's episode. Kicking off with Bonnie Tyler scored supercut of Fritz Lang's Metropolis this episode shows a multitude of visions of the future through music. Re-flex is "Hurt," the Earons explore "The Land of Hunger," Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann signs o...Read More
Tonight we dive into the dark underworld of Gothic Rock! Rising from the ashes of late 70s punk, Goth Rock mixed the batwing style of Bram Stoker's Dracula with bizarre sentiments, black humor and a big beat. This classic episode (part of the Night Flight Series 'Twenty Years of Rock N' Roll Style') is a tour de force of goth bands and their myriad solo offshoots. Fittingly kicking off with Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead," this episode ...Read More
Tonight we find out what gives a six string its zing! We look at the origin of some of the most soul-stirring, far out guitar sounds with a special "Take Off" to Guitar Heroes. We salute the creme-de-la-creme of guitar playing with a look at virtuosos like Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page and the Firm, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and more on this special trip to Valhalla of Guitar Gods. Tune Up, and Take Off. ...Read More
Night Flight's 1988 New Metal Special spans the globe - covering bands from Japan, Germany and at home in the USA. Acts included in this essential Night Flight Take Off are Megadeth, Zodiac Mindwarp, Ezo, Warlock and more... Not to be missed!
Kicking off with a clip from the U.S. Senate's 1985 "Porn Rock" hearings, Night Flight Takes Off to Right Wing Rock in this classic episode. "Parents hate it and politicians ban it, but ironically today's Rock is not the subversive cry of revolutionaries it once was..." Pat Prescott laments, while pointing to the right wing co-option of rock in the '80s. The episode weaves a unique tongue and cheek video playlist featuring Van Halen/B...Read More
"Connoisseurs of the weird and wonderful" that's how host Tom Juarez describes the audience of the 1990s Night Flight syndication episodes. This episode is essential Night Flight and includes a video profile of Sting with a handful of essential Police hits and a bunch of solo deep cuts. Next, we're onto a deep look at the progenitors of art rock: Genesis and its solo project progenies. We're talking videos from Phil Collins, Peter...Read More
"Good Evening, ladies and gentlemen," 1990s syndication host Tom Juarez exclaims, "and welcome to Night Flight: a beacon of fun, fantasy, and pure entertainment..." What follows is a hand-picked rerun of some classic Night Flight segments including a Bruce Springsteen Video Profile and an hour of cult classics. "You may as well put on another cup of coffee, because no matter how sleepy you think you're feeling, you're going to want to...Read More
Tonight’s Video Profile of Bryan Ferry is tonight’s special arrival on Night Flight Plus! This episode is one of Night Flight’s finest, featuring a candid interview with Lisa Robinson at the Night Flight studios and a myriad of classic videos. With a perfectly curated mix of Roxy Music art pop and the decadently romantic solo work, this episode provides a compelling survey of one of popular musics most elegant frontmen. Watch it tonight!
"Coming up tonight, we have some of the heaviest metal ever!" - Twisted Mr. Bill. Welcome to tonight's edition of Hit Parader Magazine's Heavy Metal Heroes from April 1985 featuring music from Ratt and Iron Maiden, a revealing interview with Gene Simmons (sans makeup) and all the latest news on all your favorite headbangers.
Seasoned Night Flight viewers always knew to expect the unexpected; this unique approach to curating our content and exposing underexposed artists, musicians and filmmakers of the era was built into the show's DNA. In this week's new arrival from the archive, we deal in the latter with a look at independent filmmaking. Kicking off with Academy Award winning animated short "Special Delivery," and ending with a long-form dance off perfo...Read More
Night Flight's video profile of John Carpenter arrives! The master of horror sits down with Night Flight for this special 1988 director profile and talks his influences, the role of music in his filmmaking and much more. Featuring clips from his films to help tell the story of the auteur's unique vision, this special episode is peak Night Flight and not to be missed!
Well folks, the Night Flight library never ceases to amaze us. It is literally a treasure chest of nostalgic gold. This week we’re incredibly excited to share a full, uncut interview with Mark Hammil conducted by Lisa Robinson in 1986. He dons a rare mustache for his theatre production role in Room Service. In the interview, Hamill talks candidly about knowing from his first reading of the Star Wars script it would be a success (“a...Read More
Tonight we salute the overworked and underpaid women who made it all possible, our Mothers! We bring you two hours of original Night Flight in the form of a 1991 Mother’s Day Weekend Special. This episode joins our “As Aired,” section, which means the commercials are Intact. (And WOW are there a lot of late night call in commercials!). Anyone who watched Night Flight in the 90s know that the syndication episodes took on an almost ...Read More
Night Flight's 1988 "Poets of Rock" special is a celebration of some of the greatest songwriters of the era. "Rock and Roll lyrics are the poetry of the masses" Pat Prescott tells us, before giving us a brief history lesson in rock lyricism that includes Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Lennon. Then we move into the 80s with a look and listen to the lyrics Patti Smith, Tracy Chapman, 10,000 Maniacs and more.
Conceived by the creators of the successful USA cable program "NIGHT FLIGHT," this light-hearted, off-the-wall exposé includes the unlikely supporting cast of Queen Elizabeth, Richard Nixon, Colonel Kaddafi, Yasser Arafat, Jayne Mansfield, Margaret Thatcher, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and many more. America's Leading Man, Ronald Reagan, is the subject of this hilarious, tongue-in-cheeck scrapbook on our most colorful president. ROCKIN' R...Read More
When you think of party time in the '80s... what comes to mind? It's totally understandable if a dark void exists for those of you who really found the time party. If the faint lingering echo of Gap Band's "Party Train," or Madness' "Our House" is ringing in your ears, then welcome - please step inside our time capsule to Night Flight's "Take Off To Party Time" from 1984. This version of Party Time mixes the elegant side of the soirée...Read More
Kicking off with Lisa Robinson's inside scoop on Debbie Harry's 1983 Broadway debut, this April 12th, 1983 is definitive Radio 1990. Tracks from Culture Club, Gary Numan, and a flashback to Ike and Tina Turner's epic performance of Honky Tonk Woman on BeatClub, soundtrack this excellent episode.
This unflinching, music-driven documentary provides the first real insight into the background and career of this legendary Irish artist who, as lead singer and songwriter for the Pogues, became a worldwide punk icon. The film includes contemporary interviews with his family, fellow musicians like Nick Cave, his longtime partner Victoria and direct one-on-one sessions with Shane himself. These are interwoven with performance material ...Read More
Uncovers the series of events that led to Sid's death and reveals, for the first time, a shocking revelation that sheds new light on his last day. February, 1979: Punk icon and heroin addict Sid Vicious has just been released from Rikers prison in New York City. After a night of celebrating his freedom with friends and family, he wakes suddenly. Sid ingests a massive amount of heroin into his recently drug free body. Sid is discovered...Read More
Reveals the events behind Kurt Cobain's death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband (Kurt Cobain) only days before his deceased body was found at their Seattle home. Cobain's death was ruled a suicide by the police (a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for twenty years as to the legitimacy of this ruling,...Read More
With unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage, MADE OF STONE is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history. Acclaimed film-maker Shane Meadows brings his unique directorial style, humour and emotional depth to the film, capturing the band at work and in their everyday lives as they rehearsed for their much-anticipated reunion, which culminated in thre...Read More
Documentarian Lech Kowalski, while visiting Krakow, met one of his film's fans, a Polish punk-rocker-turned-entrepreneur named Lukasz Siska. Instantly inspired, Kowalski followed Siska back to the Cockney Underground Boot Factory -- the aforementioned boot factory -- in order to look into the lives of people whose existences revolve around hard music, hard partying, and serious capitalism.
Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as "nine times more suspenseful" than its predecessor, was The Cat O' Nine Tails. When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Fra...Read More
A group of New Jersey campers stumble upon the remnants of a meteorite and discover some fanged, worm-like creatures have hitched a ride to Earth. After the camper appetizer, the alien spawn take refuge in the basement of an isolated house...and get ready for the main course! Featuring the new digitally mastered window-boxed transfer in the original filmed aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
Thirty years after their Elvis Costello-produced debut came out, these punk-era ska gods played this Wolverhampton Civic Hall show for a rabid hometown crowd. This was their first concert filmed in 28 years; their set brims with energy and classics: A Message to You Rudy, Too Much Too Young, Gangsters, Concrete Jungle, Nite Klub, You're Wondering Now, and more.
Rightfully dubbed "The most intentionally psychedelic show on cable TV" (LA Weekly), The Threee Geniuses: The Re-Death of Psychedlia is the ultimate televised freak-out. Thought a major loophole of the cable company's public-access policy, The Threee Geniuses were allowed to take over the studio and go completely ape-shit on the equipment. With absolutely no preparation before taping or editing after the fact, the show is conceived an...Read More
This film explains the complicated and misunderstood connections between the Mod movement - which had guaranteed The Who's early success - and the Pete Townsend composed musical depiction of that movement, Quadrophenia. Using recently unearthed archive footage from the early movement, rarely seen performance and interview footage of The Who, plus expert contributions and comment from a panel headed by friend of Pete Townsend and the b...Read More
This film contains the complete 'Odessey & Oracle' album live, lovingly re-created by the original four members of The Zombies: Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy, during an historic 40th Anniversary reunion concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, in March 2008. It also contains everything else performed the same evening by The Zombies' Touring Band comprised of Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Jim Rodford (ex...Read More
Banned in London, busted in Milwaukee, the legendary Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics caused a seismic cultural shock still felt today. They pioneered the mohawk, the fusing of punk and metal and did shows including the blowing up of cars yet to be matched. Labeled 'the greatest punk band in the world' by Tom Snyder on his 1981 TV show, by 1982 their next album was hailed by the LA Times as the best heavy metal since AC/DC. This 2...Read More