Wednesday, October 22, 2008



Ah, Night Flight. Where would the disenfranchised youth of the mid-80’s have been without ye? As any former punk rocker my age will be all too happy to tell you, seeing bands we actually liked on TV was virtually impossible back in the day. Sure, there were some exceptions, like Fear on Saturday Night Live in 1981, but they were isolated incidents. Then USA Network came up with Night Flight, which, while still about 80% square, did turn me on to everyone from Text Department and Cabaret Voltaire to Kick Axe and Madame X. It was a free for all to be sure, but it was our free for all, and we watched it religiously. When I think back on it these days, one band always comes to mind immediately: Yello. So for this weeks edition of New Wave Wednesday, I salute these Swiss nutballs who, lead by deep voiced millionaire industrialist Dieter Meier, sure knew how to made a video. With a look and sound all their own, I must admit I was a fan of these guys, and thanks to the miracle of blogger.com, you can be too, albeit 25 years later.

4 comments:

skireel said...

nicely homoerotic...

Michael LaVella said...
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Michael LaVella said...

Wow, I never thought of that, but of course you're right. The shirtless moustache guy is a pretty dead giveaway... but then I didn't realize that John Waters was gay until he was on the Simpsons...

Debra said...

They showed the entire DEVO video collection once in like 1979? We didn't have cable so my brother taped it for me....I can still see the Night Flight logo flying through the night sky!

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