Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Video Killed Etc.

These guys -- late 70s Aussie band The Sports -- should have been contenders. At least that's the conclusion I've drawn after seeing this clip for "Who Listens to the Radio?".

I've always loved the song -- one of the best examples of that wonderful pop moment when first generation punk and nascent New Wave overlapped -- but until just now I'd never seen the video and consequently didn't have a face (or faces) to go with its wonderfully post-modern homage to Van Morrison channeling Major Lance. Adding to the irony, I never actually heard the damn thing on the radio, although I guess that's the point.

In any case, the band just strikes me as to die for -- charismatic (the singer obviously had no problem with being a rock star), funny (the guitar player gives great feet) and passionately into what they're doing. Classic stuff, in other words.

Damn, sometimes I hate discovering a fabulous group that's been out of business for nearly thirty years.


Kid Charlemagne said...
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Kid Charlemagne said...

One of the cool things about living in OH during the 70s was being close to both the Cleveland and Youngstown Agora clubs. During the period 1978-1983, I saw nearly every rising punk/new wave act of that came through town.

I do remember seeing The Sports but they didn't leave much of an impression I'm afraid.