The Tomorrow Show - Punk & New Wave
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- Includes 8 complete episodes of The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
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The two set DVD opens up with the October 11, 1977 episode of The Tomorrow Show. In this episode Tom is joined by Joan Jett, Paul Weller, Bill Graham, Kim Fowley and Robert Hilburn. Tom, dragging on a cigarette, discusses this new thing called "punk music," and what they perceive to be new wave. He is quite serious in his statements about the music form and even tells one of his male make-up wearing guests that he looks ridiculous. It's a great discussion about what was then an emerging form of music.
This set is wonderful for fans of historical television and for punk/new wave fans.Read more ›
On February 12, 1981, Snyder had Iggy Pop on his show. Iggy tears it up with three songs, "Dog Food", "Five Foot One" and "TV Eye," flailing around in his trademark fashion. He actually sits down with Snyder (something that rarely happens on talk shows now) sporting a missing tooth and a bloody nose, cracking jokes and speaking quite intelligently about his music.
Arguably the highlight of the entire set is the June 25, 1980 episode with a post-Sex Pistols John Lydon now with Public Image Limited. Lydon does not disappoint, being his usual sarcastic, snarky self, much to Snyder's chagrin. As anyone who's seen Lydon in action, he's a tough interview even under the best of circumstances.
The two-disc set ends, rather fittingly, with the most enduring punk band, The Ramones who appeared on September 1, 1981. The crowd was packed with their enthusiastic fans as they rip through "We Want the Airwaves", "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "The KKK Took My Baby Away." They are as tight as ever and sound great.
These episodes are fascinating snap shots of another time, like when it was fashionable to smoke on camera. Snyder always seems to have a cigarette in his hand and even gives John Lydon a smoke in an attempt to gain his trust. It is something you would never see today.
Yes, the Clash and the still respectable-at-the-time U2 are MIA, but let's focus on the positive. The Ramones, even w/o Tom there, are absolutely brilliant, tight, and not rushing things (guess Dee Dee had some heroin and Marky threw back a few before taping). The Plasmatics are great and I have to find their albums now. Elvis Costello is his usual eloquent, "could listen to the man read the phone book" self (Tom admits how enjoyable interviewing Mr. MacManus was). Best of all, NO RONA BARRETT, which led to the show's demise.
Is it perfect? Well no. The roundtable episode was kind of useless. Not enough airtime given to Joan Jett and Paul Weller. Iggy was creepier than usual, missing a tooth. The PiL episode weren't nearly as bad as legend led me to think (Keith was quite open when John shut up). And two of my favorite songs (The Jam's "Funeral Pyre" and Iggy's "TV Eye") are edited versions played out over the end credits.
Still, it's amazing that these episodes exist. I hope more episodes come out as Tom was surprisingly cutting edge for such a square middleager from the Midwest. Made the rest of us look good. We miss you, Tom! Please come back and bring Harlan with you!
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This was entertaining to watch, especially since it was clear that Tom Snyder was out of touch and not a fan of this music. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert W. Kates
Lots of great vintage footage of great punk rock and new wave bands like the Ramones, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop and Wendy O'Williams. Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by Brooke A. Sturgis
The Interview with John Lydon & Keith Levine was worth the price. It was nice to see Elvis Costello and Patty Smith how they looked when they were young. Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by Jack Barbera
The musical performances on this collection are adequate and are, indeed, of historical value to fans, but tend to be eclipsed by the interview segments, especially a very charming... Read morePublished on August 27, 2006 by Dann Fox
I watched some of these episodes as they were airing back in the era of punk and new wave, so part of my enjoyment of viewing this disc(s) was simple nostalgia. Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Brian J. Greene