20/20 TV news segment on The Clash and Talking Heads (1979)


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/19/2020-tv-news-segment-on-the-c.html


An extreme element of new-wave is what is known as punk, a British phenomenon.

journalism at its finest.


Nice find. Always interesting to look back and see the outside view of a part of my past.


well, it took going through london for punk to take off in the states. many outlets at the time called it a british thing, especially because of the pistols, and didn’t realize there was a stateside origin until later.


Yes, apparently the punk movement had subsided by 1979.


The Birth Of Punk in 60 seconds (Bill Drummond): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df4RA-5MuNk

The Death Of Punk in 60 seconds (Bill Drummond): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6J1VetL1S0


I hate people when they’re not polite.


Me too. That makes me tense and nervous, like I can’t relax.


I have seen far more alarmist reporting on the same subject from the same period. In fact two things came to mind during this story

1 lack of overt alarmist reporting
2 How smarmy that record exec was. It is like Paul Shaffer based his smarmmy SNL Polydor record producer schtick on this guy

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