by Steve Haruch
In all its wonky-VHS-to-incredibly-compressed-YouTube-no-fi-ness, it's the "Vandy Girls" New Wave Documentary 1983,
courtesy of Practical Stylists.
Update: The videos I embedded in the original post have since been taken down. They have, however, resurfaced thanks to a YouTube user named nashville80srock (who I suspect is the same person), so I've re-embedded them.
Part the First
Wherein we learn the origins of this new music. Or, at least we hear about The Ramones a little bit.
"New wave, punk rock, techno pop, new sound—whatever you want to call it, it boils down to a new movement in musical sound which is sweeping up America's younger generation, much like rock 'n' roll did in the 1950s."
Part the Second
Wherein we meet some real-life punk rockers in bands.
"It's more of an attitude than the music. The music is secondary to the attitude. The attitude is—to us, well, it's pro-alertness. You know, just having a good attitude about everything."
"I'm more or less angry at life, you know?"
Part the Third
Wherein we discover why Nashville was not a new wave epicenter.
Interviewer: "The mohawk is definitely punk. What did your parents say when you got it? Why--why did you get it?"
Interviewee: " 'Cause I've wanted one forever. I just thought they're real neat."