|Posted: 06 Mar 2006 21:53 Post subject: The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder-Punk & New Wave
|Title: The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder-Punk & New Wave
Genre: Punk-New Wave-Rock
Label: Shout Factory
I knew that this would be a fascinating DVD to watch. The Tomorrow Show With Tom
Snyder-Punk & New Wave is a snap shot of a new decade in music and a precursor of what
was to come transitioning from the late 70's to the early 80s.
I skipped over the other non-music guests to get to meat of this two DVD set, there will
be time later on to view everything this package has to offer. I rarely watched the
Tomorrow Show when it was on the air but I found out how compelling it could be for its
time. Snyder was a very tough interviewer and told it like it was.
When he was interviewing John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) and his
partner in PIL, I felt as frustrated as Snyder (Snyder voiced his disdain and was visibly
upset) during the course of the interview. Lydon was antagonistic, obnoxious, just a
miserable little prick really, I wanted so much to punch him in the face. That is really
the only segment I did not enjoy. The roundtable session with Kim Fowley, who is very
intelligent and knowledgeable regarding the music industry, and the legendary promoter
Bill Graham, critic Robert Hiburn, performers Joan Jett, who seemed like a shy little girl
and the dynamic Paul Weller of The Jam, joined the spirited conversation. I found it very
stimulating and enjoyed all the different point of views offered.
Elvis Costello was somewhat boring but Iggy Pop most certainly made up for that. Iggy is
all energy and he looked pretty down and dirty in the street with his missing front tooth.
I could never figure out why he presented himself this way, at least he could have fixed
that front tooth before going on network TV, oh well, its punk rock baby and Iggy was all
about the take me or leave attitude, it was WYSIWYG 100% of the time. Wendy O and the
Plasmatics, with their loud and brash punk music and the sexy lead singer prancing around
in revealing clothing and screaming in such a way you could hardly understand her, was
lets say different. They added a little theatrics and awe to the show by torching and
blowing up a beautiful car right on stage! I did not enjoy their music but I did think the
interview with Wendy was good. Patti Smith was very strange, totally out there, which came
as no surprise really. The Jam gave Tom a good interview and the best part of the entire
package was the interview with the Ramones, although Snyder was not on hand, it was a
great to see all of the Ramones together playing and talking it up.
The live footage of all of these bands is priceless, well worth the package; the
interviews are the icing on the cake.
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
March 5, 2006
October 11, 1977 - Joan Jett, Paul Weller, Bill Graham, Kim Fowley and Robert Hilburn in a
roundtable discussion on the emergence of punk
February 3, 1981 - Elvis Costello & The Attractions songs: "New Lace Sleeves", "Watch Your
February 12, 1981 - Iggy Pop songs: "Dog Food", "Five Foot One", "TV Eye"
May 20, 1981 - The Plasmatics songs: "Head Banger", "Master Plan"
May 11, 1978 - Patti Smith
June 25, 1980 - John Lydon
May 27, 1981 - The Jam songs: "Pretty Green", "Funeral Pyre"
September 1, 1981 - The Ramones songs: "We Want The Airwaves", "I Wanna Be Sedated", "The
KKK Took My Baby Away"
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