New Wave News
October, 2008 — a cool blast from the past, as Chrysler uses
The Fixx's "Saved by Zero" in car ads. It's not my favorite Fixx cut (that's "One Thing Leads
to Another"), but it's great to hear new wave reaching fresh audiences in 2008!
2008-09 — New Wave hero Elvis Costello hosts a
great TV series called "Spectacle," on the Sundance Channel. In each episode, he interviews one or more renowned
musicians and plays some songs with them. The guests are quite varied, ranging from uber-coolster Lou
Reed to Motown legend Smokey Robinson to famous, uh, saxophonist William Jefferson ("President
Bill") Clinton. The series ran only into a second season, but it's now available on DVD;
click on an image for details.
2011 — OK, it's not new, but I just watched it this year: a
fascinating two-DVD, five-hour set called The Tomorrow Show — Punk & New Wave. This prominent
talk show, hosted by Tom Snyder from 1973-82, featured an eclectic assortment of guests, from Ayn Rand to KISS. The
DVD set shows him (in footage from multiple episodes) interviewing an array of musicians, many of whom also perform
songs: Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Public Image Ltd. (ex-Sex
Pistol John Lydon behaves in a startlingly bizarre manner), Iggy Pop, Paul Weller &
the Jam, the Ramones, the Plasmatics, and Joan Jett.
Some come across as smart and witty, while others are off in their own world, but they're all very watchable. Cool
stuff! Click on the picture for more info: