The Go-Go's, Pere Ubu, The Police, and dozens more live, c. 1982

Here are The Go-Go's performing "We Got The Beat" from the legendary 1982 film "Urgh! A Music War." If you're not familiar with "Urgh!," it's a UK performance film featuring dozens of excellent New Wave and post-punk acts like Devo, Dead Kennedys, Pere Ubu, Echo & The Bunnymen, Klaus Nomi, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Police, Gary Numan, Gang of Four, The Cramps, X, and many more. Please enjoy the entire film, viewable below, or purchase your own DVD-R here.


  1. This movie, and its soundtrack, influenced my music taste like nothing else before or since.  The recently released DVD is definitely worth owning – proper aspect ratio, great sound, and much much cleaner than the old (or nth generation) VHS release.

    1.  The DVD isn’t remastered, has random chapter stops and is missing one performance (Splodgenessabounds performing “Two Little Boys”). It’s still essential and the second greatest concert film ever made. TAMI is still the greatest. URGH is like TAMI, The Next Generation.

  2. I’m pretty sure I listened to the soundtrack to this around 7,000 times in two years.  I think I eventually bought an album from every act in this movie.

  3. No matter how many interesting bands flew under my radar in the 80’s for future discovery, every single time I go back to The Police and am astonished, over and over again.  Man oh man, were these guys good.
    However, even then I cannot say that The Police are my favorite 80’s band, that dubious honor belongs to Talk Talk.

  4. silly people don’t want my money – US only for the DVD-R. Looks like there are a few resellers who will charge a premium to Canada. Or have some fried with a US postal box…. They really don’t like this concept of me give money you give product directly.

  5. When I was in college, Student Activities would drape a huge sheet down the side of the union building and project 3rd and 4th run movies on Friday nights. One week they showed URGH! Right in the middle of the Cramps’ number, a group of people came out of the Union dressed like a bible study group or something – real Stepford outfits. They look up and see a 20-foot Lux Interior, rubber pants rolled down so the top of his bush was showing, rolling his eyes and fellating a microphone. Aghast, the menfolk steered the womenfolk away as fast as they could without running.

    To this day, I treasure that shit.

  6. Yes! I saw this in the ’80s and loved loved loved it. I’d check the internet from time to time to see if it was available, and finally picked up a terrible copy a few years ago. Just bought it again!

    1. glen, are you sure? I don’t remember seeing you there. Pere Ubu and Gang of Four the same night. The Clash were just the dessert.

  7. I loved this album in college (and since). This is the first time I’ve seen the video — makes it even better. Back when music was good and fashion wasn’t (although I liked Klaus Nomi’s outfit).

  8. Fun. Odd how the American bands never got their sartorial styles right. The UK bands always look cool, or look the part, while the American bands (and fans) always look kinda dumb or confused, as exemplified by the crowd-surfing chicks with poodle hair in 1982.

    1. The actual concerts were filmed a couple of years earlier, 1980 I believe.  You can see Darby Crash in the audience during the Oingo Boingo set so it couldn’t have been any later.

  9. Other favorites from the era include “Breaking Glass” starring Hazel O’Connor, and “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains” with Diane Lane (among others)

  10. Love the Wall of Voodoo tune “Back in Flesh” from this compilation.   Metronomic beat, surf guitar, and a frantic, disturbed Stan Ridgeway, 

  11. You just made my day. I didn’t know this movie but It was wonderful to see all of  this act live. Love The Police and Klaus Nomi. 

  12. Taken down due to copyright violation.. yay… Found the second half on a French site, I guess they can’t share the first half because of more copyright claims…

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