Back in the early 80s, I remember seeing a soundtrack album for a film I’d never seen. The lineup was impressive: The Police, XTC, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, Oingo Boingo. The film was called Urgh! A Music War (1981) and it was a compilation of concert performances from about 35 of the best of the current “New Wave” bands. I never saw the film, nor did I buy the soundtrack, but I’ve been trying to track it down for a few years now.

The film is long out of print, but luckily for me, I found a Yahoo! group dedicated to its revival. Through them, I’ve managed to obtain a DVD copy ripped from an old laserdisc. Though the goal of the group is an authorized DVD release, there is so much red tape due to the licencing of music rights, etc. that this will have to do. I’m excitedly watching the film right now. And, due to some delays with customs, I was mailed a second copy. If you live in Canada, and you’re interested, send me an email or comment below. We’ll work something out.

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1 Response to Urgh!

  1. Arjun Chatterjee says:

    I’d be interested in a copy. I haven’t seen it in years.
    I’m in Toronto.

    Keep up the good work in the columns.


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