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Psychic TV – “Good Vibrations”

Everything about this video seems wrong to me. For one thing, Genesis-P is one of the founders of Throbbing Gristle, who gave “industrial” music its name (by creating Industrial Records.) Second, this is truthfully just a straight cover of the Beach Boys’ song. Without the strange bridge, where Genesis talks for a second, you’d never know this was PTV. Third, and most disturbing, this video is just silly. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear the L.A. sun cooked his brain and forced him to do something FUN. Anyway, it’s still a good song, and watching Genesis goofing in the California sun is an even more chilling experience if you know where he came from… (Give “Twisted” by Psychic TV or any of the live Throbbing Gristle bits a listen, and you’ll know what I mean.) Good luck!

—Richard F. Yates

Fun Boy Three – “Our Lips are Sealed”

Although most people probably remember this as a Go-Go’s hit, the song was actually co-written by Jane Wiedlin and Terry Hall (Terry Hall being the lead vocalist for F.B.T.—and the Specials, but that’s a different story.) I prefer the Fun Boy version, partially because of the bigger percussion, a staple of the band, and partially because it’s more moody and intense than the strictly pop Go-Go’s cut (although I love that version as well.) With this video, we also get to see Terry Hall with very big hair and a dead pan stare that Robert Smith perfected for his Seventeen Seconds era videos, like “A Forest.” Anyway, this is a great song and a fun video!


—Richard F. Yates

Captain Sensible – “Wot”

GAWD! I love this song. Captain Sensible, ingenious (and often pantsless) bass player for The Damned, did some amazing things as a soloist, but this super funky, super silly cut is my favorite. The cut chugs along with Cap screaming and moaning over the top about how people bug the hell out of him, and you really can’t help but bob your head to the rhythm and sympathize with his suffering. Enjoy!

—Richard F. Yates

Synth Britannia (BBC Documentary)

I am a devout worshiper of synth music. This documentary points a cold and stark look (as all good future-wave looks should be) on some of my favorite keyboard playing new wave and progressive synth bands! Lovely.

—Richard F. Yates

The Damned – “Video Nasty”

Here we have a double whammy! Buried within this clip from one of my favorite t.v. shows, The Young Ones, is a great cut by one of the best punk/goth/pop bands of all time, The Damned. All I’m going to say is that if you don’t love this, I feel very sorry for you.

—Richard F. Yates

Landscape – “Einstein a Go Go”

If you can figure out what’s going on here, let me know. I’m just certain that I love it!

—Richard F. Yates

Fancy – “Slice Me Nice”

Post disco is one of my weaknesses. I grew up idolizing my aunt, who was a fan of rock (Kiss, The Who, Frampton,) but also loved to go to the local disco, Hollywood Hollywood, and shaketh her booty. A side effect of this idol worship was my permanent love of disco, even though it’s neither manly nor “hardcore.” I don’t care. Disco is fun, and this cut, by the incredibly macho, Fancy, is one of my favorites from that delightful era when new wave was trying not be punk anymore and rediscovered the pulsing fever often contracted on Saturday nights. Enjoy, if you can!!!

—Richard F. Yates