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Dare to be Different documentary

Dare to be Different documentary

Postby synthwavefan » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:53 am

I just discovered a documentary on new wave music that came out in 2017 called Dare to be Different. It's very good and has interviews with many bands:
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Re: Dare to be Different documentary

Postby Chuck50 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:39 am

It's more so about the radio station WLIR (WLIR.FM) and their format change to New Wave.
It does have some good interviews.

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Re: Dare to be Different documentary

Postby Jim2 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:13 pm

It was okay, as Pittsburgh had the short lived sister station, WXXP (1985–1988).
I believe college radio and MTV broke more bands but opinions differ.
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Re: Dare to be Different documentary

Postby postpunkmonk » Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:01 am

I enjoyed this movie as I'd heard of WLIR-FM and their vibe back when they made the format change but lived in Florida at the time. Theirs was an interesting story and l a lot of my favorite musicians contributed to the interview segments. I'm sure they made an impact on the [huge] NYC music market.
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Re: Dare to be Different documentary

Postby negative1 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:17 pm

there was discussion about it here:

It's a little too much propaganda (not the group) for me, about them overstating
their own importance, too much ego, and trying to be the first for everything.

there were other stations around that were just as important.

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Re: Dare to be Different documentary

Postby xymox970 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:57 pm

Although I didnt care much for the historical importance of the station itself, I liked the way the documentary was put together -
the interplay between musical clips and interviews works quite well.

Its quite clear thought that the term "new wave" in the USA doesnt quite cover the same ground in comparison with the UK perspective.
For some bands mentioned in the documentary its clearly not appropriate context at all.

I dont know.....from my perspective strictly only when listening to the music of the era, typical new wave sound
is really almost always about the bass - the way its played - quite different to a traditional rock setting.
Of course, the lead guitar could be an important factor as well, as the drumming (Warren Canns "new wave drumming term" often mentioned by himsef",
but it would not be the same without "those bass lines".....("My Spine Is The Bassline"...... :D )
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