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The Tomorrow Show - Punk & New Wave

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From Elvis to Iggy, all the punks are here! As the popularity of punk and new wave in the ‘70s and ‘80s took flight, the groundbreaking late night talk program The Tomorrow Show (boasting 3 Emmy ® nominations) welcomed many of the key figures of the genre. Hosted by Tom Snyder, this 2-DVD set captures explosive live performances and revealing interviews on DVD for the first time ever from the forefathers of the punk and new wave movement, such as: The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, John Lydon (of The Sex Pistols and PiL), Joan Jett, The Jam, Patti Smith, The Plasmatics, and much more! Highlights Include: The Ramones fiery performance of "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "The KKK Took My Baby Away". An unforgettable verbal spat between John Lydon and Tom Snyder. Elvis Costello’s frenzied performance of "Watch Your Step". Iggy Pop’s offering of "TV Eye". Roundtable discussion between Joan Jett, Paul Weller (The Jam), Bill Graham and others regarding the current state of punk rock and much much more!


"May I say, Kim," Tom Snyder says to a heavily made-up Kim Fowley, "You look ridiculous tonight." So begins one of late night television's more bizarre interviews. Spanning the musically volatile years from 1977-1981, these eight Tomorrow Show episodes all focus on the burgeoning punk/new wave movement. To his credit, Snyder doesn't pretend to like or even understand it, but nor does he criticize (although he does chuckle on occasion). Mostly, he lets the musicians speak for themselves and play a few tunes. All the while, he looks thoroughly bemused, comfortably enveloped in a nimbus cloud of cigarette smoke--along with a few of his guests, like a soft-spoken Paul Weller (the Jam) and surly John Lydon (Public Image Limited). Other participants include Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, the Plasmatics, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Joan Jett (circa the Runaways, who were produced by Fowley). Smith, Jett, and Lydon, joined by PiL band mate Keith Levene, do not perform. The rest do. The Plasmatics make the most of the opportunity with "Master Plan," during which Wendy O. Williams spray-paints, smashes the windows, and then blows up a car. Other notable numbers include Pop's "Five Foot One" and the Jam's "Pretty Green." Because these programs are shown in their entirety, several non-musical guests, like Frank Capra and Ricky Schroeder, also put in appearances (and to Joey Ramone's chagrin, Kelly Lang is the fill-in for Snyder during the Ramones segment). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • Includes 8 complete episodes of The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder

Product Details

  • Actors: The Tomorrow Show
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTD91W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on February 6, 2006
Format: DVD
The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave is now available on DVD. The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder began it's extended run in 1973 and ended in 1982. The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave edition two disc DVD features eight episodes of the show. The episodes feature the full shows and performances. This DVD collection is a piece of history and is valuable not only for it's musical content but to absorb the views and opinions shared by Tom and his guests.

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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cubist on February 17, 2006
Format: DVD
As a host, Tom Snyder was hopelessly square and clueless when it came to interacting with these people but God love him he really tried to understand where they were coming from and what made Punk Rock music work. Looking back now, the roster of acts he had on - Iggy Pop, the Plasmatics and the Ramones - would never have been on any other national talk show (except maybe The Mike Douglas Show and even then).

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By epsteinsmutha on February 9, 2006
Format: DVD
Would like to propose marriage to Shout! Factory as one of the coolest reissue houses ever. Punk + New Wave + one of the best late night talk show hosts ever, the sorely missed, due as much to his multihued helmet hair, Northern Midwest delivery and Jim Henson's Creature Shop worthy eyebrows, as his guests (If you caught any of Harlan Ellison's appearances on TS's shows, you know what I mean), T.S., Tom Snyder with you on the colorcast this evening.

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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