Wise and all seeing Shroom-Monkey commented about the music film Urgh! A Music War which I had never seen. She mentioned it in the comments of a post I did about The Nomi Song.
Because I have no desire to anger the Monkey, I searched until I got my grubby little paws on the film and can now say
Gang of Four
Echo & The Bunnymen
The extreme head bobbing of the audience during the Oingo Boingo song was very motivating. They were a pretty tight group that I didn't pay much attention to at the time. All hail the conquering Elfman.
A moment of heaven - XTC singing 'new song' Respectable Street. This was followed by Klaus Nomi, pretty wild.
Gary Numan is in the film spinning around on stage in a little cardboard car with headlights and he looks pretty serious about it.
Did you know that people body surfed to the Go-Gos? Well, one girl did. I saw her.
I remember being too scared to go to see The Cramps. If I had, I could have thrilled to the excellent deadpan looks on the guitar girls' faces while Lux Interior did his deep throat microphone routine.
What can I say? It was an interesting but uneven document of the new wave with some really cool performances and some huh? moments held together with some editing slapdashery.
Bookended by performances by The Police, on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate it fun.